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Product of the Month: December 2017

Boothroyd Dewhurst, Wakefield, RI, announced Design for Manufacturing (DFM) Concurrent Costing Version 3.0.
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New Products: December 2017 Motion Design

Corrosion-Resistant Valve

GF Piping Systems (Irvine, CA) introduced a corrosion-resistant pneumatic diaphragm valve for highly corrosive dosing and open/close applications. The Type 604/605 pneumatically actuated dosing valve is designed and tested to surpass two million lifecycles. The 1/2” (d20) size 604/605 valve is available in PVC, CPVC, PROGEF Standard PP, and SYGEF; in standard PVDF body materials with a wide variety of end connections; and custom assemblies. The valve is pressure-rated at 90 psi unidirectional with operating temperatures ranging from -4 to 284 °F, depending on body material. A threaded bonnet design eliminates both the need for metallic body bolts and re-torqueing after hot line shutdowns. Oversized pneumatic ports decrease cycle time to maintain accurate dosing with minimal overrun.

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Posted in: Products, Board-Level Electronics, Electronic Components, Electronics & Computers, Motion Control, Motors & Drives, Positioning Equipment, Sensors
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2017 Create the Future Design Contest: Consumer Products Category Winner

Conformal Battery

Russell Kittel, Krista Smith, Kathryn Chamberlain, Steve Risser, Christopher Jackson, and Megan Moore
Battelle
Columbus, OH

Today's highly mobile world is very dependent upon portable power which means batteries or other electrochemical devices are the primary power source. The energy needed for many devices and applications leads to the batteries consuming a significant portion of the mass and volume allocated to the device, and also imposes significant constraints on the shape and size of the device. Since batteries take up space, one of the most obvious approaches is to have them contribute to the mechanical aspects of the structure. The Conformal Battery approach allows for the battery to be integrated into the structural components of the final product.

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Contacts for Hi-Rel Connectors: Comparing Technologies

Contact design is critical to the performance of any connector — especially for devices that must function in harsh environments where extremes of temperature, shock, and vibration are to be encountered. Yet there are many different contact styles, and each supplier will claim an advantage. This article aims to set out clearly and concisely the merits and drawbacks of each of the main styles.

Posted in: Articles, Products, Fastening, Joining & Assembly, Mechanical Components, Finite element analysis, Connectors and terminals, Connectors and terminals, Durability, Reliability, Durability, Reliability
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Products of Tomorrow: November 2017

This column presents technologies that have applications in commercial areas, possibly creating the products of tomorrow. To learn more about each technology, see the contact information provided for that innovation.

Posted in: Articles, Products, Batteries, Energy Storage, Fluid Handling, Implants & Prosthetics, Rehabilitation & Physical Therapy, Robotics, Ultracapacitors and supercapacitors, Ultracapacitors and supercapacitors, Air pollution, Medical equipment and supplies
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Product of the Month: November 2017

WinSystems, Arlington, TX, released the PPC65B series IP65-rated panel PC in a thin, fanless design with an operating temperature range from -20 to +70 °C. The panel PC offers a rugged design for extreme environments and industrial IoT applications. The PCs accommodate panel and VESA mounting configurations; when mounted properly, the sealed front bezel provides protection against ingress from dust and moisture for industrial control applications. They support Linux and Windows 10 operating systems, use the 1.9-GHz Quad-Core Intel® Atom processor, and include up to 8 GB of RAM. High-resolution graphics at 1024 × 768 and 1280 × 1024 are accessed via a five-wire resistive touchscreen. The rugged design also incorporates a SATA controller with 2.5” HDD/SSD and input power of 12-24V DC. Optimal connectivity and I/O for embedded systems is achieved through two Gigabit Ethernet ports, a USB 2.0 port, and a USB 3.0 port. The series also includes options for expansion with RS-232/422/485 and USB.

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2017 Create the Future Design Contest: Sustainable Technologies Category Winner

Energy Saving Filter for Removal of Heavy Metals from Water

Volodymyr Khranovskyy, R. Yakimova, Ivan Shtepliuk, P. Lima de Carvalho, and A. Pinto
Talent Molecule LDA
Braga, Portugal

Pollution by heavy metals (HMs) is a crucial environmental issue. With the modern growth of chemical, mining, energy, tanning, and dye industries, residual HMs — such as Hg, Pb, Cd, Cr and others — are discharged into the ambient air. These toxic contaminants end up in potable water. Since they are invisible and tasteless to humans, they bio-accumulate in organisms, causing chronic diseases and death around the world.

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New Products: November 2017 Photonics & Imaging Technology

High-Energy UV lamp

McPherson, Inc. (Chelmsford, MA) introduces the flow-controlled windowless, hollow cathode UV lamp Model 629. This broad-spectrum source emits ionized gas emission lines with little or no absorption by neutral gas. Computer controlled gas flow and constant current power supply improve stability.

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Product of the Month: October 2017

ANSYS, Canonsburg, PA, introduced ANSYS® Discovery Live™ simulation software that allows engineers to immediately examine the impact of their design changes. Users can pose what-if questions upfront in the design process to rapidly explore thousands of design options and receive immediate feedback. The software supports fluids, structural, and thermal simulation applications, enabling engineers to experiment with design ideas and see instant feedback. Users can run an analysis-first approach as they design, allowing them to iterate with a 3D model, and interactively explore the impact of simple and complex changes. The environment provides users with instant simulation results, tightly coupled with direct geometry modeling. The simulation technology is based on the parallel nature of NVIDIA graphics processing units (GPUs).

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