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April 10, 2007 - Volume 7 Issue 15A
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Today's Highlights . . .
 
MicroSeals™ From Apple Rubber
Apple Rubber Products
MicroSeals™ From Apple Rubber

Apple Rubber Products offers MicroSeals™ including microminiature O-rings in more than 2,000 sizes, ranging from the largest, with an inside diameter or cross section of .039 in. (1.0 mm), down to .008 in. (.20 mm) inside diameter and cross section — the smallest sized O-ring in the world.

Apple Rubber offers the largest selection of microminiature O-ring sizes available anywhere, many from stock for immediate delivery. The company is also a leader in custom-engineered microminiature sealing solutions, including composite MicroSeals which incorporate the seal and another component in one part instead of two.

Browse our online catalog for additional product information.

Inch and Metric Shaft Collars From MISUMI
MISUMI USA, Inc.
Inch and Metric Shaft Collars From MISUMI

MISUMI USA, Inc. offers 138 types of shaft collars in an assortment of shape types such as set screw, slit, fixing bearing, separate, with damper, side mount hole, D cut, and more. In addition, 1045 steel with black oxide, and electroless nickel plating as well as 304 stainless steel is available in most shapes. Also, 2017 aluminum with clear anodizing, black anodizing, and resin is available in some shapes.

One of the most unique and useful MISUMI shaft collars is the clamp lever type, which feature an innovative design that requires no tools. This allows for easy maintenance and installation.

Smart Drives Simplify Automation
Baldor Electric Company
Smart Drives Simplify Automation

Baldor's H2 family of smart AC motor drives has an ideal choice for every application, and can act as a small machine controller — saving automation costs.

Available in open- or closed-loop variants, the drives include positioning software and mini PLC functionality. Via the keypad, users can program tasks such as monitoring inputs and setting outputs. A programmable alarm capability can set outputs or display messages such as maintenance reminders. H2 drives come in power ratings to 125HP/93kW. The range includes washdown duty options, and drives for servomotor control. Expansion options include fieldbus interfaces, and an Ethernet web server.

After Katrina — Rebuilding New Orleans
SolidWorks Corporation
After Katrina — Rebuilding New Orleans

Following Hurricane Katrina in August 2005, Colonel Setliff was selected to command Task Force Guardian, the team responsible for restoring New Orleans' flood and hurricane protection system to pre-storm level.

In this fascinating screencast, see firsthand how the Army Corps of Engineers handled the challenges of rebuilding New Orleans, including the unprecedented engineering and organizational difficulties they encountered after a disaster of that size and some of the ways they worked to overcome them.

News of Interest . . .
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Lava to Make Nanotubes
Lava to Make Nanotubes

Igneous rock spewed out by Mount Etna contains finely divided iron oxides that may provide a practical catalyst for carbon nanotube synthesis on an industrial scale. The pulverized rocks are heated to 700° C in a hydrogen atmosphere to reduce the oxides to elemental iron. This material catalyzes the decomposition of hydrogen and ethylene gas to elemental carbon, in the form of nanotubes. Read this report available from ScienceDaily.

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Accent On . . .
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Bluetooth Serial Adapter Replaces RS232 Cables
Sena Technologies
Bluetooth Serial Adapter Replaces RS232 Cables

The Parani-SD is a Bluetooth Serial Adapter designed to replace RS232 serial cables with wireless connectivity and advanced features such as software-free configuration support via dip-switch, battery pack for flexible power supply, and pairing button for an automatic connection between two Bluetooth devices. Transmit distance up to 1,000 meters. Ideal for industrial and building automation wireless applications that require data logging, wireless sensor control, and monitoring in production facilities. Request a quote.

Load Cell Design
Vishay Transducers
Load Cell Design

Vishay Transducers has been at the forefront of load cell design for over 30 years. With a reputation second to none, our products are employed in every conceivable type of weighing and force measuring application throughout the world and are designed for long life, high performance, and low cost of ownership. All Vishay Transducers manufacturing facilities are ISO 9001:2000 and ISO 14000 Certified. Search our online catalog here.

Tech Article . . .
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Current-Sense Transformer Application Design Guidelines

"The standard for precise current measurement in instrumentation and other high reliability equipment applications has been the current sense transformer. They are accurate, easy to implement, and reliable under harsh environmental and thermal conditions. In electronic systems applications such as switch-mode power supplies, current transformers are generally used for control, circuit-protection, and monitoring features. With the increasing availability of OTS (Off-The-Shelf) current transformers, a simple guideline can greatly help in the selection of proper and cost-effective components for many applications." Read this application note in its entirety.

This application note was provided by Datatronic Distribution, Inc.

Focus On . . .
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ITT: Goulds Launches New API Pump Hydraulics
ITT Fluid Technology
ITT: Goulds Launches New API Pump Hydraulics

ITT Goulds Pumps has improved the hydraulic coverage of its core API 610 product line with the Model 3700 Type OH2 pump, used extensively in the oil and gas market. ITT has the widest range of pumping and treatment technologies to meet the challenges of the world's fluid markets.

Tension Roll® Measures Web Tension
Dover Flexo Electronics, Inc.
Tension Roll® Measures Web Tension

Measure tension at multiple points across the width of your web when converting, slitting, or rewinding film. Prevent minor gauge band variations across your substrate from showing up as defects in finished wound rolls by monitoring and controlling tension throughout the process. Achieve uniform winding tension with DFE's Segmented Tension Roll® transducers.

Product Watch . . .
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8 mm Diameter Family of DC Mini-Drives
8 mm Diameter Family of DC Mini-Drives
(MicroMo Electronics, Inc.)

MicroMo has a complete family of 8 mm mini-drives with maxi power. It is an impressive solution with a wide variety of combination possibilities using DC-Micromotors, with precision gearheads and micro-encoders. More info...

GPS Disciplined OCXO
GPS Disciplined OCXO
(Suntsu Frequency Control, Inc.)

The SGPS Series GPS Disciplined OCXO combines a 12 channel GPS receiver with an OCXO on a single board increasing integration, decreasing components, and improving reliability. More info...

Ti20 Thermal Imager
Ti20 Thermal Imager
(Fluke Corporation)

Inspection routing maximizes efficiency. The Fluke Ti20 Thermal Imager guides users through established inspection routes with included InsideIR software. Ideal for predictive maintenance and troubleshooting. More info...

Hottest Products in Cooling
Hottest Products in Cooling
(Leeds Electronics)

Leeds Electronics and NMB-MAT offer the hottest products in cooling. Together we offer a comprehensive line of cooling solutions, including AC and DC axial fans and blowers. More info...

Human Machine Operator Interface Panels (OIP)
Human Machine Operator Interface Panels (OIP)
(Monitouch HMI)

Monitouch's human machine operator interface panels (OIP) include some of the most in-demand industry features, like connectivity to over 1,000 devices, trending, and data logging at an exceptional price! More info...

Low Speed, High Torque Hydraulic Motors
Low Speed, High Torque Hydraulic Motors
(White Drive Products)

White Drive's new WR Series low speed, high torque hydraulic motors incorporate an optimized Roller Stator® geometry with seven precision rollers that increase motor life and efficiency. More info...

GammaTag™ Gamma Sterilizable RFID Tags
GammaTag™ Gamma Sterilizable RFID Tags
(NewAge Industries, Inc. / AdvantaPure)

From AdvantaPure, GammaTag is the first and only read/write RFID tag that's safely sterilizable by gamma radiation, up to 45 kGy and temperatures from -20° C to 85° C. More info...

Fusing Optical Fiber Improves Efficiency
Fusing Optical Fiber Improves Efficiency
(Fiberoptics Technology, Inc.)

FTI announces development of a proprietary process to fuse optical glass fibers at the input, eliminating epoxy and improving transmission performance. Process applications include high-end medical light guides and industrial components. More info...

The Challenge . . .
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Burglars and BBs...

You are standing 100 m from a 20 m tall building. On the roof of the building you see a burglar. Trying to be a good citizen, you point your BB gun at him. At the moment you pull the trigger, he falls to the ground. Your BB gun shoots at a speed of 60 m/s. Did you hit him?

Read the answer and see what others had to say in CR4.


New Challenge:

You are working on a factory dock when a pallet loaded with large injection-molded plastic parts is delivered. You are amazed at the wall thickness of the parts, almost ¾ in. thick at some points. As each part measures almost 4 ft. long, you expect it to weigh quite a bit but are surprised that it is relatively light. You also discover the surface has a swirling pattern in it. How were these parts made?

Answer / Discuss

Learn More . . .
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EDA, ECAD, and TCAD Software...

...electronic design automation (EDA) software and electronic computer-aided design (ECAD) software are used to design and develop electronic systems and integrated circuits. Technology computer-aided design (TCAD) software is used to design and simulate processes.

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Pushbutton Enclosures...

...are either rectangular or wedge shaped (sloped front or top surface) and have cutouts for mounting pushbuttons.

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Rocker Switches...

...are actuated by a standard or dual rocker or paddle.

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Snap Fasteners...

...or snaps are mechanical fasteners that close or lock with a clicking or snapping sound.

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Careers . . .
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This Online Degree Will Take Your Career to the Next Level
Drexel University
This Online Degree Will Take Your Career to the Next Level

Earn your Engineering or I.S. Certificate, Bachelor's, or Master's Degree online from one of "America's Best Colleges" — Drexel University Online. 24/7 online access, world-class faculty, and major networking opportunities. More info...

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