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How Augmented Reality Can Modernize Aerospace And Defense Manufacturing

  • Magazine Article
  • TBMG-35685
Published 2019-12-01 by Tech Briefs Media Group in United States

You've probably heard about augmented reality (AR) in the context of consumer entertainment: video gaming, virtual tours, or interactive displays. But AR for enterprise business is here. It's no longer an emerging technology, or a novelty; businesses are using AR to overhaul processes, drive efficiencies, reduce manufacturing errors, and improve their bottom line.

Collaborative Automation: It's More Than Just the Cobot

  • Magazine Article
  • TBMG-35608
Published 2019-12-01 by Tech Briefs Media Group in United States

Collaborative robots, often called “cobots,” offer opportunities for companies of almost any size to cost-effectively automate processes that were previously out of reach. Cobots are available in a wide range of sizes, payloads, and capabilities but they all share attributes that define the term “collaborative.” The aspect that most people think of first is safety — the ability for cobots to work alongside human workers without bulky, expensive guarding. Cobots include a number of built-in safety mechanisms including rounded edges and softer materials as well as power-and force-limiting technologies that avoid injury and minimize discomfort in case of contact, and sensors that automatically slow or stop the robot arm if a human enters its workspace.

2019 'Create the Future' Manufacturing/Robotics/Automation Category Winner: The HPCI® Joining Gun

  • Magazine Article
  • TBMG-35440
Published 2019-11-01 by Tech Briefs Media Group in United States

Plate Handler Adds Automation in Medical Laboratories

  • Magazine Article
  • TBMG-35504
Published 2019-11-01 by Tech Briefs Media Group in United States

Peak Analysis and Automation (PAA), Farnborough, UK, has designed a budget-friendly plate handler that works in a tight laboratory footprint, developing an innovative product that could be a game-changing development in the medical community.

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Filter and Filter Element for Hydraulic System(s) Used on Manufacturing and Assembly Equipment

Motor Vehicle Council
  • Ground Vehicle Standard
  • J2066_201910
  • Current
Published 2019-10-02 by SAE International in United States
This SAE Standard establishes a common specification and ordering code for hydraulic filter assemblies and hydraulic filter elements, and establishes minimum performance criteria and test methods. This document establishes two filter diameter sizes, five basic micron ratings, and two basic collapse ratings. These classifications will satisfy most hydraulic filter applications, and thereby can minimize inventory requirements for hydraulic filter elements.
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Tiny “Walking” Motor Moves in Discrete Mechanical Steps

  • Magazine Article
  • TBMG-35261
Published 2019-10-01 by Tech Briefs Media Group in United States

A set of five tiny fundamental parts can be assembled into a wide variety of functional devices including a tiny “walking” motor that can move back and forth across a surface or turn the gears of a machine. The work offers an alternative to current approaches to constructing robots, which largely fall into one of two types: custom machines that work well but are relatively expensive and inflexible, and reconfigurable ones that sacrifice performance for versatility.

NIST Research Sparks New Insights on Laser Welding

  • Magazine Article
  • TBMG-35373
Published 2019-10-01 by Tech Briefs Media Group in United States

On its surface, the work is deceptively simple: Shoot a high-power laser beam onto a piece of metal for a fraction of a second and see what happens. But researchers say the physics of laser welding is surprisingly complex. A better understanding of the interaction between laser and metal could give industry more control over laser welding, a technology that is becoming increasingly popular in manufacturing.

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Design Guidelines for Fiberboard Materials

Textile and Flexible Plastics Committee
  • Ground Vehicle Standard
  • J1774_201909
  • Current
Published 2019-09-25 by SAE International in United States
This document provides information on the various fiberboard products, which are available for automotive application. It is intended to give engineers and designers a better understanding of product usage, characteristics, properties and industry terminology. The following sections cover these topics: 2 General Product Information 3 Design Characteristics 4 Physical/Mechanical Properties 5 Fiberboard Definitions In sections 2, 3 and 4 the fiberboard products are categorized. These sections give an overview of product types, with general information about characteristics and properties. In cases where product categories encompass more than one material or material grade, ranges were established to cover all of the products in that category. The individual companies that supply fiberboard products should be consulted for specific information about a particular product or application.
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Executive Forum: Sensors & the IoT

  • Magazine Article
  • TBMG-35144
Published 2019-09-01 by Tech Briefs Media Group in United States

No longer just a buzzword, the Internet of Things (IoT) is rapidly taking hold in many different industries, from aerospace and automotive, to medical and manufacturing. The IoT ecosystem incorporates Web-enabled smart devices that use processors, sensors, communication hardware, and software to collect, send, and act on data they acquire. Tech Briefs posed questions to executives in the sensors and IoT component industries for their views on issues concerning the role of the IoT in manufacturing.

Cross-Training Made Possible by Common Control Platform

  • Magazine Article
  • TBMG-34579
Published 2019-06-01 by Tech Briefs Media Group in United States

EMAG L.L.C. is the U.S. subsidiary of a major German machine tool builder that specializes in machine tools for the production of automotive, off-highway, agricultural, and oil field components. The company’s equipment ranges from basic round part turning centers to large-workpiece, five-axis machining centers; gear hobbing machines; and alternative equipment such as laser welding and electrochemical machining centers. This wide variety of machine tools requires an assortment of control technologies to power and manage the motion. For one customer requirement where a major agricultural equipment builder needed grinding, turning, and turn-grind machines, EMAG looked to Siemens for a standardized CNC solution.