Motor Disconnect Switches

MENNEKES Electrical Products (Fairfield, NJ) released the CDS Series of non-metallic, curved-top motor disconnect switches. The curved profile eliminates standing water and minimizes contaminant buildup.

The switches feature a chemical-resistant thermoplastic enclosure with UL Type 4X and IP69K ratings, making it resistant to frequent high-pressure washdown.

Its handle is lockout-tagout (LO/TO) compliant and its 30A 25HP rating can satisfy most line disconnect requirements.

Features include laser marking for permanent identification, captive stainless-steel cover screws, poured-in-place seamless gasket, and impact-modified and UV-stabilized materials.

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Linear Position Sensors

ILPS-19S Series ruggedized, spring-loaded, inductive linear position sensors are available from Harold G. Schaevitz Industries (Bloomfield Hills, MI).

The sensors were designed for dimensional gauging and position measurement in commercial, industrial, and military applications.

Features include measuring ranges from 0.25 to 4" (6 to 100 mm), 0.75" (19 mm)-diameter stainless steel housing sealed to IP-67, service life rated to more than 100 million cycles, and axial termination with either M12 connector, PT02 connector, or integral cable. The sensors offer a choice of four analog outputs and include proprietary SenSet™ field recalibration feature.

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Stepper Motor Drive

FAULHABER Micromo (Clearwater, FL) offers a drive solution with the stepper motor of the DM66200H series for applications that require a large opening. It has a total diameter of 66 mm and a hollow shaft inner diameter of 40 mm.

The rotor with the opening directly drives the mechanics, which are arranged around the opening. The multi-pole, two-phase motor with permanent magnets delivers 200 steps per revolution with a high resolution of 1.8° in full step mode. It achieves a dynamic torque of up to 200 mNm and can move correspondingly large loads.

The maximum static torque is 307 mNm; 581 mNm when boosted. Speeds of up to 2,000 revolutions per minute can be achieved.

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Manual Swing Clamps

Destaco (Auburn Hills, MI) offers manual swing clamps for fixture building/testing, welding, and assembly operations in the industrial, aerospace, and automotive markets. The clamps combine pneumatic swing clamps — which provide quick swing-and-clamp movement —and straight-line action clamps that can be locked in two positions to enable either push or pull operation.

The clamps feature an enclosed cam track and can clamp and lock in both retract and extend positions. They also feature a detent that holds the clamp in the open position in order to prevent unwanted movement.

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Vision System

L.S. Starrett (Athol, MA) introduced the AVX550 Multi-Sensor Vision System equipped with dual optical systems and touch-probe capability to measure parts with a diverse range of feature sizes and geometries.

The system can be equipped with two cameras and lenses to be used sequentially in the same program along with touch probe options, a granite base, and bridge design. The primary zoom lens enables intricate features to be inspected with resolution up to 2 microns. A secondary, large field-of-view camera is equipped with a telecentric lens that can simultaneously inspect large areas of a part or an entire part itself. For inspection of intricate areas, a 12:1 zoom optics lens is equipped with a 26× to 310× magnification range. The fixed magnification telecentric lens comes with magnification options of 0.14×, 0.3×, 0.5×, 0.8×, 1.0×, 2.0×, and 4.0×.

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Encoder Multiplier/Splitter

ACS Motion Control USA (Edina, MN) announced the EM1024 SinCos encoder multiplier and splitter, a single-channel analog system designed for motion control applications such as inspection and metrology systems. From the original incoming SinCos encoder signal, two pairs of output encoder signals (four total) are generated — two buffered SinCos identical to the original and two AqB with up to 1024 counts per SinCos period. Features include filtering, gain/phase/offset, and hysteresis calibration; DIN rail mount form factor with D-sub connectors; jumper-selectable power supply input source from controller/drive or external supply; and maximum SinCos encoder input frequency of 700 KHz (absolute maximum).

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Industrial Robot

ABB (Cary, NC) introduced the IRB 1300 compact robot to lift heavy objects or loads with complex and irregular shapes. It has a footprint of 220 × 220 mm and is designed for use in small spaces, enabling more robots to be deployed in a confined area. The robot is available in three versions: 11 kg/0.9 m, 10 kg/1.15 m, and 7 kg/1.4 m. The robot is powered by the OmniCore™ controller, which can be equipped with a range of additional equipment including fieldbus protocols, vision solutions, and force control. The robot offers 20 input/output ports for use with grippers or end-effectors, allowing users to improve productivity by handling an increased number of workpieces simultaneously.

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Motion Failure Detection

THK (Schaumburg, IL) released the OMNIedge System that enables predictive failure detection of linear motion components. The network sets up automatically and sensors are installed on existing components for remote monitoring of operating conditions. Data is securely collected through a dedicated, closed IoT network for analysis and to provide alerts. When the system detects signs of component degradation based on threshold value, users can check inventory, order parts, and schedule maintenance. Different sensor fasteners are available for mounting on different types of linear motion components.

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Torque Transducer

The T40MS torque transducer from HBM (Marlboro, MA) is designed for testing electric drives and transmissions. It enables high-speed measurements of up to 30,000 rpm and covers available nominal torques of 500 Nm, 1 kNm, and 2 kNm in one measuring body size, enabling utilization in areas with limited space. Analog and digital interfaces enable integration into various test bench systems. Other features include accuracy of 0.05 and linear hysteresis of 0.03%.

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The CSF-ULW ultra-lightweight gearhead series from Harmonic Drive (Beverly, MA) features a lightweight structure and is a housed zero-backlash gearset combined with a precision cross roller output bearing and flange. The gearheads are available in two sizes, with three reduction ratios per size. The gearheads are suited for use on end-of-arm axes for small industrial and collaborative robots or for general industrial machinery where weight is a critical factor.

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Torque Cartridge Hinge

SOUTHCO® (Concordville, PA) introduced the ST-10P Torque Cartridge Embedded Hinge that delivers constant torque for pivoting and positioning applications where low levels of friction are required. The hinge features an outside diameter of 10 mm and torque up to 2 Nm, allowing end users to position small mounted components, including lids and display screens, and hold them securely in place at any angle. A press-in torque insert integrates into plastic, cast metal, and sheet metal applications.

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