In their quest to build reliability into their RT Series mobile hydraulic cranes, the engineers at Grove Worldwide collaborated with HED Inc. on a controlled area network or CAN. The solution was designed to manage operations and information while maximizing performance of the cranes.
VarioFlow is a chain conveyor that lets manufacturers link assembly operations with such functions as parts feeding and packaging on either side of the assembly process. The conveyor consists of two profile widths, 65 and 90 mm, with chains of 62 and 87 mm, respectively.
OEMs are increasingly transferring most, if not all, of their manufacturing to distributed plants and contractors in order to meet local customer demands, reduce manufacturing costs, and concentrate on core competencies.
The SmartPump management tool offers built-in intelligence to keep control of vacuum. It addresses the need to maintain reliable vacuum between the cup and object under production during an automated manufacturing process.
Two new tubing products have been developed for applications that require materials with special properties to meet challenging design needs. Prolite polypropylene tubing fulfills the needs of the food and beverage processing industry because it meets FDA requirements for food contact surfaces.
Suitable for use in tubing for the medical and food packaging industries, PermaFlex is a polymer resin that combines the elastic properties of traditional rubber materials with the abrasion resistance of plastics. The material retains its physical properties over a wide range of conditions.
Chemistry that combines PVC with POE has yielded new vinyl compounds that avoid problems caused by plasticizer volatilization or migration.
Accessible from www.thk.com, THK's new online store offers a wide selection of linear motion products. Engineers can order such products as Caged Ball LM guides, conventional LM guides, ball screws, KR and GL actuators, and slide packs.
Free "Executive Stress Relievers" featuring self-lubricating Simplicity linear bearings are available from Pacific Bearing at www.pacific-bearing.com/productsample.cfm.
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CFX-5.6 is a simulation software package engineered to offer increased accessibility to advanced computational fluid dynamics. The software is suitable for aerospace, chemical processing, power generation, automotive, oil and gas, and heating/ventilation/air conditioning applications.
The FP-e panel-mount PLC with LED display comes in a DIN 1/16 size package. Suitable for small machines where space is at a premium and priced at $185, it includes programming memory of 2.
Priced at $73.10 each in quantities of 100, the OTLH-0360-UV LED array is part of the Shark product line. Using 50 die in a TO-66 package, this UV LED array achieves 300 mW of optical power from a single package.
An addition to the M1 latch family is a flush-turn compression latch. It's designed for outdoor marine applications as well as any application requiring a sealed compression latch with a flush-panel surface. The stainless steel construction provides corrosion resistance.
Simriz, a family of perfluoroelastomer compounds for fluorocarbon O-rings and colored O-rings, provides chemical resistance and strong physical properties, including compression set resistance, as well as high/low temperature capabilities.