Manufacturing & Prototyping

USB Hub

ACCES I/O Products, San Diego, CA, announced the USB-104-IHUB rugged, industrial-strength 4-port isolated USB hub that features Tru-Iso™ signal isolation up to 4kV, temperature operation from -40 to 85 °C, high-retention USB connectors, and an industrial steel enclosure for shock and vibration mitigation. The hub expands the number of USB ports and provides up to 4kV isolation between the host computer and connected USB peripherals.

Posted in: Products, Electronics & Computers, Manufacturing & Prototyping, Test & Measurement
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Safety Interlock Switches

The OMEGA® K-SS Series tongue operated safety interlock switches from OMEGA Engineering, Stamford, CT, are designed to fit to the leading edge of sliding, hinged, or liftoff machine guards to provide positively operated switching contacts. They offer a choice of actuators to aid installation and provide position interlock detection for moving guards. They feature a 316 stainless steel body and IP69K enclosure protection.

Posted in: Products, Aerospace, Manufacturing & Prototyping
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Signal Routing Software

Pickering Interfaces, Clacton-on-Sea, UK, offers Switch Path Manager™ signal routing software that simplifies signal routing through switching systems, and automatically connects system endpoints. CLOSE and OPEN commands with additional parameters like module number and channel number control the required relays. The software virtually describes any switching architecture and processes all stored project data for switching and routing at runtime.

Posted in: Products, Manufacturing & Prototyping, Software
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Operator Interface

Parker’s Electromechanical and Drives Division North America, Rohnert Park, CA, released the XT Parker’s Xpress™ Power Station operator interface with Xpress 4.1 runtime and development software. The solid-state device features 15G peak shock and 5-500 Hz vibration ratings, and a fanless, ventless design. The 1.83-GHz quadcore processor and 4GB DDR3L RAM support a graphical programming environment that enables remote viewing, controlling, and editing of the interface from a browser.

Posted in: Products, Manufacturing & Prototyping, Software
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Gasket

Dymax Corp., Torrington, CT, offers GA-201, a colorless, UV/visible-light-curable, tack-free, moisture- and chemical-resistant FIP/CIP gasket for sealing heatsensitive substrates. The low-durometer, high-elongation, silicon-free, and UL 157 recognized gasket acts as a barrier to prevent absorption or penetration of air, dust, noise, liquids, and gaseous substances in sealing plastic, glass, and metal enclosures, as well as applications that require a flexible gasket.

Posted in: Products, Aerospace, Manufacturing & Prototyping
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Overmolding Service

Proto Labs, Maple Plain, MN, has launched an overmolding service. Product designers and engineers use overmolding to improve grip and durability, dampen vibration, and add two-color aesthetics to parts. Overmolded parts go through a multi-step process that results in common products like tool handles, personal care products, medical devices and more. The overmolding process uses engineering-grade thermoplastics and liquid silicone rubber materials to create overmolded prototypes and end-use production parts.

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Optimize Production for Agile Manufacturing

This e-book will show how 3D printing can make dramatic improvements in both time and cost efficiency when compared with traditional production methods associated with these applications. Real world examples are also provided to show that these aren’t just hypothetical scenarios. The companies highlighted in this e-book found a way to transform traditional manufacturing applications using FDM technology and bring their operation to a new level.

Posted in: White Papers, White Papers, Aeronautics, Communications, Manufacturing & Prototyping, Automation, Robotics
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3D Printed Jigs and Fixtures Save Time and Reduce Cost

There is an often-overlooked additive manufacturing (AM) application with potentially huge financial returns: jig and fixture making. Replacing conventionally manufactured jigs and fixtures with additively manufactured ones will reduce the fabrication expense, while reducing labor and speeding delivery. But that financial advantage is tiny when compared to the profit gains that result from production-floor reductions in labor and time to market. Learn how four owners of Stratasys Fortus 3D printers justified new AM systems based solely on jigs and fixtures.

Posted in: White Papers, White Papers, Communications, Manufacturing & Prototyping, Automation, Robotics
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3 Ways to Design Efficient Parts for CNC Machining

With a few relatively simple adjustments to your part design and material selection, you can improve the functionality of your machined parts while reducing manufacturing costs. Important design considerations like feature thickness, complexity, and radii all contribute to machining a more efficient part.

Posted in: Tech Talks, Manufacturing & Prototyping
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Planning for Implementation of the European Union Medical Devices Regulations – Are You Prepared?

The Medical Device and In Vitro Medical Device Regulations represent the most significant change to the European legislation for medical devices for nearly 20 years. Understanding the requirements is key to your ability to develop an implementation plan to ensure continuing regulatory compliance and provide the EU market with safe medical devices.

A new white paper, “Planning for Implementation of the European Union Medical Devices Regulations: Are You Prepared?” focuses on the practical aspects of implementation. It discusses decisions that need to be made and includes questions to ask about your organization’s preparedness to comply with the new requirements.

Download this new white paper to learn how to address:

Activities and requirements for manufacturers, authorized representatives, importers, and distributors Existing products and their technical documentation, including clinical evidence Products in the development pipeline Responsibilities of the person handling regulatory compliance, ISO 13485:2016 certification, and lifecycle management Content and maintenance of technical documentation Unique device identification, implant cards, and labelling changes PMS plans, periodic safety update reports (PSURs) or post-market surveillance reports, and post-market clinical follow-up (PMCF)
Posted in: White Papers, Manufacturing & Prototyping, Bio-Medical, FDA Compliance/Regulatory Affairs, Medical
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