Reconfigurable Pallet Conveyors Come in Three Sizes
VersaMove conveyors are modular and pre-engineered so that users can easily reconfigure the system when changing manufacturing needs. They are featured in three sizes. The Standard version is for lighter and smaller pallets that weigh up to 90 lbs. with a footprint of up to 640 mm2. They can reach speeds up to 80 ft. per minute.
The Plus version conveys the largest range of pallet sizes and is based off of the 2010 aluminum conveyor series platform. The Plus version can reach speeds up to 200 ft. per minute and accommodates pallets with a 1040-mm2 footprint.
The Ultra version is the most robust; it is designed to carry pallets that have a footprint of up to 1200 mm2 and weigh up to 700 lbs. These can also move inventory up to 200 ft. per minute.
mk North America, Inc., 105-125 Highland Park Dr., Bloomfield, CT 06002, (860) 769-5500
Mountable Industrial PCs Are Sleek and IP65 Protected
The CP32xx industrial PC series includes a multi-touch control panel and an industrial PC, both of which can be installed on a mounting arm for rotation and tilting. All hardware housing is IP67-rated and the mounting arm can support various loads. There are numerous design offered for the panel PC and multi-touch panels. The PC itself is built around the mounting arm, and features u-shaped housing with cooling fins for passive cooling and internal fans for active heat dissipation.
Beckhoff Automation LLC, 13130 Dakota Ave, Savage, MN 55378, (877) TwinCAT
Temperature Sensors Are Compact, Easy to Program
Digital DPG-SD-2 dual-channel temperature gauges flash and activate a 2-amp relay circuit when they detect high temperature conditions. They use type K thermocouples to sense temperature. Temperature limits are defined by the user and easily programmed with a membrane keypad on the front panel. They can be powered with 9 to 32 Vdc, and operate between -40 to 85 °C. They are housed in an IP65-rated round casing with a 52-mm outer diameter and 38-mm depth.
The Sensor Connection, a division of Harold G. Schaevitz Industries LLC, 55 East Long Lake Road #505, Troy, MI 48085, (248) 636-1515
Small, Powerful Brushless Motors Target Medical Apps
The EC4 is the smallest brushless DC motor offered by maxon. It measures at a mere 4-mm diameter and is available in two lengths. Certified for medical applications by ISO 13485 standards, the two versions supply high power ratings of 0.5 and 1 W. The GP 4 planetary gear head with a high performance ceramic carrier enables high input speeds and drive torques while maintaining continuous operation. The speed/torque ratios for both models are 50,000 and 100,000 rpm/mNm. The come with Hall sensors or in sensor-less designs.
maxon precision motors, Inc., 101 Waldron RoadFall River, MA 02720, (508) 677-0520
Thermoplastic Racks Offer a Low-Cost Alternative to Steel
Featuring high corrosion resistance, self-lubrication, and durability, the Versa Rack thermoplastic rack and pinion gears are low cost and maintainable. They can operate in dirty or wash-down environments and are unaffected by wood chips or airborne particles generated by CNC routers and conveyors. The racks have a backlash of less than 3.2 microns and withstand loads up to 1200 Newtons, depending on pinion size. They can be used with any pinions from Nexen, which feature speed ratings up to 750 rpm and can move the conveyors with speeds up to 2 m/s. The racks are a low-cost alternative to stainless steel racks. They provide accuracy of ±500 microns.
Nexen Group, Inc., 560 Oak Grove Parkway, Vadnais Heights MN 55127, (800) 843-7445
Slip-Stick Linear Motors Target Small Apps
The Q-521 Q-Motion miniature linear stage uses piezo slip-stick technology to produce precise linear travel ranges of 12-, 22-, and 32-mm travel ranges for compact positioning systems. The device fits into the palm of a hand and features several options for stages, including open-loop and closed-loop designs. Some models may offer feedback sensors to provide 1-nm resolution and others are available with two integrated encoder options for 1- and 4-nm resolution. The series design has limited wearable parts and uses a self-clamping motor designed for position holding when powered off.
Physik Intrumente, 16 Albert St, Auburn, MA 01501, (508) 832-3456
Position Hinges Support High Torques without Slippage
The PS-100 position hinges can position heavy devices with long moment arms. They allow 360 degrees of motion and have a service life of 50,000 cycles. The hinges support high torques of up to 11.5 N-m in increments of 1.5 N-m. Thus far, models are offered with symmetric torque, but will soon be offered with one-way torque, or high torque in one direction and none in the other. This design is patent pending. The hinges mount with proprietary ReelTorq clip technology for constant frictional resistance so that they will not slide or slip stick during operation. The clip technology is designed around a hollow tube for press-fit mounting over an application’s shaft, and allows unobstructed wire passage when mounted around a hollow shaft.
Reell Precision Manufacturing Corp., 1259 Willow Lake Boulevard, St. Paul, MN 55110, (651) 486-3333
Waterproof Connectors Target Outdoor Electronics
The WBCD series is a waterproof version of the Combo-D power/signal connector family, and offers IP67 ingress protection when securely fastened. Capable of up to 40 amps per size-8 contact, the connectors can mix power and signals in a single unit. The thermal-resistant adhesive seal makes the product especially suitable for the outdoors or in harsh environments. They come with optional flying leads and feature a composite mounting plate, optional stainless steel shell, and heavy gold plating for long-term corrosion resistance. They are available with a range of contact variants.
Positronic Industries Inc., 423 N Campbell Ave, Springfield, MO 65806, (417) 866-2322