TraceParts publishes its annual report on the use of sensors and measurement systems in design projects

In 2015, industrial design professionals downloaded over 140,000 CAD models of sensors and measurement systems from the TraceParts platform.

The Questions Executives Should Ask About 3D Printing

Channing Flynn for Harvard Business Review:  Most hearing aids in the U.S. are now custom-made on 3D printers. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently approved the first 3D-printed pills. Carmakers have started using 3D technology to produce parts. And last year saw the first demonstration of a digital printer producing multilayer, standards-based circuit boards. Imagine the changes afoot in the pharmaceutical, medical device, automotive, and consumer electronics industries. 3D printing is poised to redefine global manufacturing and distribution. It could upend supply chains, business models, customer relationships, and even entrepreneurship itself. It may do to physical goods what cloud computing is now doing to digital services; what the PC, internet, and smart mobility have done to personal computing; and what outsourcing did to software development and business processing — take mass distribution and innovation to the next level while realigning the very geography of work and trade.   Cont'd...

Princeton Infrared Introduces SWIR Linear Array with Lowest Read Noise Available at SPIE DCS 2016

PIRT1024L1-12.5-T Linear Array, ideal for spectroscopic applications, will be showcased in booth #952 at SPIE Defense & Commercial Symposium (DCS), April 19-21, 2016, Baltimore Convention Center, Baltimore, MD.

OSI Laser Diode Announces 905 nm Pulsed Laser Diode with Integrated Micro Lens

New CVN 63-90ECL is hermetically sealed for field-deployed range finder apps

Vanrx Pharmasystems to showcase aseptic filling robotics and machine vision advancements at Interphex 2016

Vanrx is exhibiting in booth 3904 at the Javits Convention Center from April 26-28, 2016.

Manufacturing Automation Leaders Collaborate: Optimizing Industrial Production Through Analytics

The FIELD system will be a platform for the delivery of advanced analytics for FANUC CNCs, robots, peripheral devices, and sensors used in automation systems.

User-Specific PackML Implementation Training Offered in Chicago, May 23

The Organization for Machine Automation and Control (OMAC) is offering a PackML Workshop in conjunction with Machine Technology Day, May 23 in Chicago. This half-day training focuses on distinct PackML implementation tasks for packaging end-users, integrators, and OEMs.

LASYS 2016 with global premières

International trade fair for laser material processing showcases new system solutions for manufacturing / Pioneering for the industry

Swagway Teardown: What Makes a Safe Hoverboard?

From Andrew Goldberg at Ifixit.org: The board is also smart enough to not drive around without you. Riders need both feet firmly planted on the board or it won’t be going anywhere. Just how does the board know you’re properly mounted? Each foot pad has two infrared sensors—one at the toe, one at the heel. Stepping down on the pad pushes a peg between emitter and receiver. Only when all four sensors are blocked are you ready to roll... ...Those sensor switches live on the backs of the two gyro boards—one for each wheel. These boards are largely responsible for the “smart” part of smartboard. Each board is home to an Invensense MPU6050 6-axis gyroscope+accelerometer, and a GigaDeviceGD32F130 ARM Cortex-M3 32-bit microcontroller (thanks, Ken!). The ARM chips are responsible for reading the infrared switches, controlling the sweet underglow headlights and top-mounted indicator LEDs, and collating and sending data from the MPU6050 to the main board (more on that later)... ( full article )  

New USB3.0 SWIR Linescan Camera for Spectroscopy & Machine Vision

Princeton Infrared's advanced SWIR-InGaAs 1024-element linear array camera can image over 37k lines per second and comes in two models: the LineCam12-12.5-1.7T with 250 µm tall pixels for spectroscopy, and the LineCam12-12.5-1.7M with 12.5 µm square pixels for machine vision tasks.

ST Robotics Releases the STVS-X Advanced Vision Inspection System

ST Robotics announces the availability of their new advanced vision inspection system, the STVS-X, integrated with the full range of ST Robotics' arms for the automated and accurate handling, testing and inspection solutions of critical parts.

Universal Robots Polishes Paradigm to 50% Production Increase

Paradigm Electronics is a manufacturer of high performance loud speakers and subwoofers. In trying to meet demand on labor-intensive products, Paradigm has now implemented Universal Robots in polishing applications, resulting in significantly increased production throughput eliminating bottle necks while improving the work environment.

Bishop-Wisecarver Webinar - Curved Motion System Design for Machinery and Automation

Watch this webinar to learn: • About standard and customized products for curved, rotary, and curvilinear motion • How simple design concepts and principles apply to complex motion systems • About real-world application examples of curved motion in automation

Leading Manufacturing Technology Associations Launch the China Chongqing International Machine Tool Show (CCIMT)

CCIMT will showcase the latest in manufacturing technology and bring buyers and sellers together from all over the world to the dynamic market of Chongqing and southwest China.

Allied Machine announces Online Insta-Quote™ and Engineered Specials provides quick resolution of tooling issues

Online Insta-Quote™ and Engineered Specials provides quick resolution of tooling issues

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QC Industries - AS40: The Ultimate User-Friendly Conveyor

QC Industries - AS40: The Ultimate User-Friendly Conveyor

AS40 Conveyors are designed for ease of use and simple integration with robotic applications. Built on a rigid aluminum frame, they feature tee slots for rapid accessory mounting and a tail that flips up at the push of a button for easy under-belt cleaning and belt changes. Nosebar tails are available for transferring small parts between conveyors. All conveyors include a 10 Year Warranty and most are available with a fast five day lead time.