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Covering the total design engineering function in Canada September 2009

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E-T-A Circuit Breakers has announced the

ESX10-T Electronic Circuit Protector now

has CSA Approval C22.2 and Class I, Division

2 Hazardous Location Certification

– Group A, B, C, and D. The unit combines

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of loads connected to 24 Vdc.

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Eaton Corp. has announced a line of

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in temperatures as low as -55°C at operating

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DS SolidWorks has announced SolidWorks

Premium 2010 contains SustainabilityXpress

functionality that considers how

materials are produced, parts are manufactured,

products are used, and finally disposed

of. The software now also includes

a mouse gestures heads-up display to perform

shortcuts.

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GEA ViEX, a Canadian manufacturer

of industrial heat exchangers

in Newmarket, ON, required

a method to weld stainless steel

heat exchanger cassettes together

with consistent, high quality welds.

Heat exchangers from GEA ViEX (www.

gea-viex.com) are used in industries such as

food, oil/gas, petrochemical, chemical, motor,

pulp and paper, metal refining and ethanol.

For the cassette welder design and build,

GEA ViEX had to look no further than across

its parking lot to enlist the help of neighbor

Mecsmart Systems Inc. (www.mecsmart.

com). Mecsmart is a special purpose machinery

builder and custom automation house,

with experience in automation and machinery

in many different industries. Mecsmart

had previously worked with GEA ViEX designing

and integrating a CNC spot welder

for large sheet steel panels. Working together

with GEA ViEX, Mecsmart developed an automated

method of welding stacks of stainless

steel cassettes together.

According to Mecsmart president Walter

Roethlisberger, the fixture design “had to accommodate

two different widths and four different

depths, in any combination for future

production.” John Broschell, GEA ViEX Inc.

president and CEO, said that the flexible design

will “further allow us to attack the market

in a cost-effective manner.”

For the seam welding operation, plasma

welding was selected; it does not spatter or require

material be added (additional expense,

even more so for stainless steel) like MIG

welding does. It is faster and requires less

maintenance than TIG welding and also has

less weld contamination from electrode wear

than TIG. The cassette plasma welding system

design supplied by Thermal Arc consists of a

WC100B weld console and PWM-300 torch,

and a Powermaster 500 dc power supply.

Roethlisberger explained that one of the

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4 Design Product News

dpncanada.com November/December September 2009 2007

In this issue

DEPARTMENTS:

6

By Design

Bosch Rexroth Canada invests

$1.5 million on hydraulic

manifold production facility

E-T-A Circuit Breakers rolls out

safety circuit protection and

over current technology

Festo hosts Mobile

Mechatronics Lab

PTDA Canadian conference tackles

economic recession and recovery

6

Power Transmission Distributors Association members Ajay Bajaj

of Rotator Products (left) and Paul Meo of NTN Bearing were

MCs of a PT/MC conference that demonstrated how companies

can meet challenges in a harsh economic climate.

12

Festo automation expertise helps

streamline material handling design

When custom material handling specialist Brandelle was

contracted to build an automated workcell for client

Blount, it provided specs for Festo’s set of engineering

software tools to determine component types and sizes.

13

14

16

Bearings Product

Spotlight

Bearing products and

technology

Motion Control

Special Focus

Nook Industries looks at

designing linear motion

component medical apps

CAD Industry Watch

Bill Fane reviews parametric

drawing application

DoubleCAD XT

21

Medical Engineering

Mark Sunderland shows how

innovation can keep you

competitive in a down market

25

Advisory Board Directions

John Bachmann develops

and delivers online curriculum

for Industrial Careers Pathway

Electronic controls make dual-clutch

transmission more accessible

DCT manufacturers say their units provide the convenience of

planetary automatic, and equal or exceed the efficiency and

fuel economy of a conventional manual transmission,

according to Automotive Scene columnist Bill Vance.

DPN editor

Mike Edwards

24 26

HyperWorks 10.0 CAE platform offers

more graphical & analysis horsepower

Altair Engineering has announced its latest CAE

software suite has greater power to solve multi-body

dynamics problems such as those posed by vehicle

collisions, acoustics and hydraulics/pneumatics systems.

September 2009

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Ace Controls ..................................13

Altair Engineering ..........................23

Amacoil Inc. ...................................24

Autodesk ..........................................7

AutomationDirect.............................3

Brecoflex Co. ..................................18

Clippard .........................................28

Conductix Corp. .............................13

Cords Canada ................................10

Craftech Industries .........................26

Festo ................................................5

Kinecor ...........................................11

Lapp Canada ..................................15

Magnetek .......................................25

Master Bond ..................................16

MFG.com .......................................26

MicroMo Electronics ......................14

M.W. Fasteners ..............................13

Omega .............................................2

Pivot Point .....................................24

PTC ................................................19

Ringball .....................................12,13

Rittal Systems ................................22

SAB North America ........................27

Seal Master Corp. .............................8

SEW .................................................9

Siemens PLM Software ..................17

Smalley Steel Ring .........................18

Solidworks .....................................21

Williams Fluidair Corp ....................22

Wittenstein ......................................8


September 2009 dpncanada.com

Design Product News 5

Renderings

Getting through the recession with innovation:

customer focus stimulus plan “v. 1.3”

By Mike Edwards, Editor

The headline above is taken from

the title of an essay published online

earlier this year by David Duncan,

an industrial designer and president

of IDWS.ca of St. Catharines, ON.

Most people in business understand that

standing pat, even in the best of economic

times, isn’t an option. “Complacency can

start to creep into a company and mediocrity

can allow competitors to take away

market share if nothing is initiated,” says

Duncan, whose firms helps companies develop

“Form with Function.”

It seems that once manufacturers have

hacked and slashed operations to stop the

bleeding in this recession, they have to ask

themselves, “then what do we do”

Duncan’s whimsical “v. 1.3” could

mean anything, of course, but what it

does indicate is the need for a plan. “Most

corporations know relatively well how

to house clean and manage the cost and

expense side of the business, but generating

future products and innovations

will be the challenge for going forward,”

Duncan states in his blog at www.idws.

ca/blog/p=15.

Complacency and

mediocrity can allow

competitors to take

away market share

He notes that corporations such as

Xerox are preserving their investments

in research and development, listening to

their customers and not trading off the future

for short-term bottom-line goals.

“The questions companies need to be

asking are varied but some might be the

following: Where should we be in one

year, three years or five years for competitive

advantage What internal stimulus

plan is in place to motivate our customer

base What products will bring income

back into the company at the end of this

recession What will inspire consumer

confidence in the future; will it be as

simple as having the best-in-class product

available Will we be able to recognize a

future need for the end user Will we be

able to differentiate ourselves with the

right market trends”

The road to customer-satisfying innovation

isn’t easy for new products developers,

notes Duncan. “One of the most

difficult parts of being innovative – the

doing of new things, is giving that new

‘thing’ a body, a face – the creative style,

feel and shape, that ‘wow’ factor to gain

market share.

“This creative process for marketability

is well developed in the automotive

industry. Well before heavy investment is

spent on engineering a vehicle, industrial

designers create multiple concept sketches,

3D computer models and clay models

of an idea. These virtual vehicles show the

‘vision’ of the new product, in a format

that can be reviewed by management, engineering,

marketing and focus groups.

“The bottom line for companies will

be the need to preserve cash, keep operations

fluid, and at the same time develop

innovative and stylish products. This

might be okay for large corporations to

absorb, but what if modifying a product

is done only once every couple of years”

asks Duncan.

His idea for companies to keep “moving

forward with ideas” is to implement

an “Open Innovation” business model.

“The general idea behind the concept

is to restructure some of the product de-

velopment overhead, by using external

firms with experience in specific areas of

R&D.

“For example; outsourcing the industrial

design segment of the product development

process means that a company

can utilize the same design strategies as

seen at Apple and General Motors, but

at a more manageable level. “Coordinating

the in-house process with outsourced

knowledge means that a company can

decrease the time to market and increase

the customer focused value of the end

product. Traditional production methods

are changing, and the Open Innovation

model has many facets for a company’s

product life cycle.

“It is a process that will need to be

evaluated and customized as companies

try to stay innovative and competitive in

this global economy.”

If you found Renderings interesting, please send

a message to medwards@clbmedia.ca.

Festo Inc.

Tel: 1-877 GO FESTO

Fax: 1-877 FX FESTO

festo.canada@ca.festo.com

www.festo.ca


6 Design Product News

dpncanada.com September 2009

By Design

Altair HyperWorks 10.0 seminar

attracts Canadian engineers

MILTON, ON – Altair Engineering

Canada Ltd. hosted a briefing seminar

for Canadian customers to introduce the

version of its CAE software suite, Hyper-

Works 10.0 (www.altairhyperworks.ca)

Presenter David Kirby said that HyperMesh,

Altair’s flagship product for

finite element pre-processing, includes

several new algorithms for tetrahedral,

hexahedral, “mesh flow” and mid-surface

meshing. Other presentations covered

MotionView and MotionSolve for multibody

dynamics solutions, HyperView

and HyperGraph illustrating advances

in performance visualization, and Optistruct/HyperStudy

for advances in optimization.

The new release builds upon the

breadth of solver solutions and computation

speed of RADIOSS, Altair’s advanced

integrated solver. RADIOSS 10.0,

an implicit and explicit solver technology

for linear, nonlinear and crashworthiness

problems, delivers an even broader solution

scope and new element formulations

that enable analyses to be completed up

to seven times faster than before.

“HyperWorks’ finite element and mo-

Jean-Pierre Roux (right), president of Altair Engineering

Canada, with seminar presenters David Kirby (left),

senior application engineer and Gregory Delbridge,

application engineer. Canadian customers now have

access to HyperWorks 10.0, Altair’s CAE software suite.

tion analysis solvers, RADIOSS and MotionSolve,

span the most popular and demanding

solution types while delivering

benchmarked accuracy, speed and costeffective

scalability that are required today,”

said Dr. Uwe Schramm, chief technology

officer for HyperWorks.

“HyperWorks 10.0 lets engineers be

engineers,” said Altair HyperWorks vice

president Jeffrey Brennan.

E-T-A intros circuit protection technologies

E-T-A Circuit Breakers (www.e-t-a.ca) has introduced new

over current detection and circuit breaker technologies for the

Canadian market. Its TD and 9001 Hall effect current detectors

protect power semiconductors in power electronic circuits by signaling

when current in the circuit has exceeded the nominal detector

trip point. In addition, the ESX10-T SMART Circuit Breaker has

Hazardous Location Certification and CSA approval. The company

has been introducing it to design engineers especially in the oil

and gas, chemical processing and mining industries.

Bob Ashmore of E-T-A demos ESX10-T circuit protection technology.

A new $1.5 million CNC machine and CAM software package will build customized hydraulic manifolds

for Bosch Rexroth Canada customers efficiently and for a competitive price.

Bosch Rexroth Canada makes

major investment

Bosch Rexroth Canada (www.boschrexroth.ca)

is beating the recession

blues for both itself and its customers

by installing a new $1.5 million CNC

machine and CAM software package

that uses the latest technology to build

customized hydraulic manifolds for its

customers efficiently and for a competitive

price.

In the current tough economic conditions,

Bosch Rexroth is continuing

to make investments centered around

customer satisfaction, including implementing

lean programs such as 5S, BPS

(Bosch Production Systems) and continuous

improvement of its processes and

technology,

According to Dino Paladino, general

manager, Systems, with Bosch Rexroth

Canada. “Investing in state-of-the-art

equipment and personnel training is key

to our commitment to maintaining the

level of service and satisfaction customers

expect from Bosch Rexroth.”

The new Mazak HCN 6800 horizontal

machining centre will provide the

Welland facility with added flexibility

and capacity to manufacture custom

manifold blocks for Bosch Rexroth’s

hydraulic solutions. A team of application

engineers and designers develop the

integrated circuits and manifold designs,

and then forward the information to the

machining centre for manufacturing.

As part of the project, Bosch Rexroth

also implemented new CAM software to

help improve the process. The software

is Delcam’s FeatureCAM, which recognizes

the features of the manifold block

from the original three dimensional

model, identifies the tooling required to

manufacture the block, then creates the

required machine code.

“The FeatureCAM software will

eliminate the majority of programming

typically required when trying to transfer

information from our design group

to the machine.

“We realize that our market will be

significantly changed after this downturn,”

Paladino says. “Bosch Rexroth

Canada remains optimistic that business

conditions will improve and this large

equipment investment ensures we will

continue to be a leading solution provider

for hydraulic systems in Canada.”

News in

Brief

Bosch Rexroth BC region

Christoph Neuscheler has been appointed

regional manager for Bosch

Rexroth Canada’s BC region (www.

boschrexroth.ca). Neuscheler is based

in Burnaby, BC.

Beckhoff packaging

Beckhoff Automation has has appointed

Joe Martin has as the company’s

Packaging and Converting sales

manager for North America (www.

beckhoffautomation.com/packaging).

Maplesoft acquired

Maplesoft (www.maplesoft.com) of

Waterloo, ON, has announced that

it has signed a definitive agreement

to be acquired by Cybernet Systems

Co., Ltd. of Tokyo.

PTDA welcomes AGM

AGM Canada Ltd. (www.agmcanada.

com) has joined the Power Transmission

Distributors Association (www.

ptda.org) as a distributor member.

AGM distributes bearings, fluid power,

PT and motion control products.

October 19-22, 2009. Toronto. Canadian

Manufacturing Technology Show presented by

the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (sme.

org/events).

October 22-24, 2009. San Diego, CA. PTDA

2009 Industry Summit of the Power Transmission

Distributors Association is co-located with the

Beckhoff’s “Automation UpDate” a hit

TORONTO – Beckhoff Automation (www.beckhoff.ca) brought

its “Automation UpDate” seminar series tour here earlier in the

summer. The technical presentations featured six primary product

developers and export managers from Beckhoff, as well as

a unique mix of local machine builders who detailed their successes

using automation and controls technology from Beckhoff.

Graham Harris, president, Beckhoff Automation.

Festo Mobile Mechatronics Lab rolls in

MISSISSAUGA, ON – The Festo Mobile Mechatronics

Lab made a stop here last before motoring on to World-

Skills 2009 in Calgary this month. The 53 (l) x 25 (w) x 14

(h) ft trailer can accommodate up to 40 seats for a classroom

setup with a 55 in. LCD screen for presentations

and videos, as well as more than 20 dynamic displays and

20 static product boards demonstrating hundreds of advanced

automation components from pneumatics, electromechanical

and process automation sectors.

Calendar

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Don McCrudden,

Festo national sales manager.

FPDA Fall Networking Symposium (www.ptda.

org).

December 1-3, 2009. Las Vegas. Autodesk

University 2009 conference for users of

Autodesk Inventor, AutoCAD, Alias and other

software products (http://au.autodesk.com/

AU2009).

PTDA executive director Mary Sue Lyons:

“differentiate your company from the competitors.”

Power transmission

conference focused on

state of the market

NIAGARA FALLS, ON – The 2009

Power Transmission Distributors Association

(www.ptda.org) Canadian

Conference brought together the power

transmission/motion control industry’s

leaders for an insiders’ focus on

Canadian industry trends. Held in May

here, participants left the conference

with a heightened understanding of the

drivers of the Canadian economy and

associated opportunities for power

transmission/motion control (PT/MC)

manufacturers and distributors.

Jayson Myers, president of the Canadian

Manufacturers & Exporters,

(www.cme-mec.ca)reiterated the importance

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To allow maximum flexibility and future expandability, the welder

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motion moves it along the weld. With this configuration, different

stack heights and widths are easily programmed, without requiring

changeover in the weld tooling. The track motion eliminates the robot

reach as the limiting factor of weld length, allowing welds up to

4.8 m long to be completed in a single pass.

To address any waviness or bow to the parts, as well as width

variations, horizontal and vertical float were incorporated into the

weld head. The weld head tracks vertically on a roller and the weld

torch is centered on the weld with a pair of angular gripper mounted

clamping wheels.

Combining the plasma welder, robot, track motion and float-

ing weld head allows up to 3 mm thick

stainless steel heat exchange plates to be

seam welded to cassettes with no filler

wire added, providing more than double

the speed of manual GTAW welding.

Cassettes are clamped in fixtures

which are loaded by crane into a Preston-Eastin

HSTS-320 headstock-tailstock

unit. Headstock and tailstock are

mounted to a common base to ensure

alignment. It is driven by an ABB MU-30

servomotor and controlled as a seventh

axis by the ABB robot controller.

The purpose of the fixtures is twofold;

to position the stack of cassettes

for welding, and to clamp the stack of

cassettes together to the correct height,

ensuring there are no gaps at the seams.

The system was designed with two fixtures,

so that one fixture could be loaded

and prepared in an external loading base,

while the other stack is being welded increasing

machine up-time.

Combinging the plasma welder, robot, track

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be seam welded to cassettes with no filler wire

added, providing more than double the speed of

manual GTAW welding.

Unloading a finished stack and reloading

the fixture can take up to three hours

as the cassettes and stacks are so large that

they must be handled with an overhead

crane. If only a single fixture was used, the

machine would be down that entire time.

Instead load and unload times are accelerated

by a factor of 6 times.

To ensure ease of sourcing for replacement

parts and maintenance, components

from established, well represented

supplier were used, including Festo

pneumatics and valves, Allen-Bradley

PLC and HMI, THK linear guides and

blocks, and Schunk grippers.

To allow the operator to view the

weld without having to stop the machine

and enter the safety fence, a camera was

mounted behind weld head and a monitor

was mounted above the operator interface.

The system is Ethernet connected,

so that the camera can be monitored

within the plant over Ethernet or external

to the plant over the Internet.

Broschell is pleased with the working

relationship of the two companies and

the expertise of Mecsmart.

“It’s a joint effort...(and) having them as

a next-door-neighbor helps tremendously.”


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Products: Factory Automation

Code-reading systems

The stationary 1D/2D code readers from

the Siemens Industry Automation Division

are said to be characterized by a high

reading reliability and speed, as well as by

diverse communication and connection

possibilities. A primary use of the Simatic

MV440 code-reading systems, which feature

high protection rating IP67, is for

reading data matrix codes such as direct

part marks (DPMs) on objects under difficult

ambient conditions in an industrial

environment.

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Fieldbus planning software

Pepperl+Fuchs has introduced the Field-

Connex Smartplant Symbol library. Designed

for EPCs and plant builders looking

to plan fieldbus segments or to keep

their documentation current, the library is

an add-on that extends Smartplant planning

software with FieldConnex fieldbus

infrastructure components. The library

includes verified standard symbols for all

components of the FieldConnex fieldbus

infrastructure.

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Intel-powered touch screens

Transduction has introduced the TR-

6190 and TR-6001 industrial PCs with

NEMA 4, 19- and 15-in. TFT LCD

screen. Units include Intel Core 2 Quad,

Core 2 Duo or Celeron D processors with

800/1066/1333FSB, dual gigabits LAN, 2

x USB 2.0, 2 x COM and 1 x LPT ports. It

also includes 2 x ISA and 4 x PCI expansion

slots. Input power options include

110/220 Vac and 12, 24, 48, 125 and

250 Vdc. The systems include up to 4 GB

DDR2 667/800 MHz memory. Operating

temperature is 0° to 60°C and actual

MTBF is in excess of 100,000 h.

www.transduction.com

Interface cables, modules

Weidmuller has introduced a line of preassembled

specific Interface cables along

with an expanded line of universal Interface

modules. Each assembly features a

jacketed round cable that is attached directly

to the original connectors for each

PLC model I/O card, which plugs into

the PLC I/O card for signal termination.

A shielded Sub-D connector (15, 25 or

37 pole options) with shielded 24 AWG

cabling is offered. Industrial connectors

rated up to 250 V and 8 A are available

for higher voltage signals.

www.weidmuller.ca

Fibre optic cable assemblies

HARTING has announced the availability

of LC fibre optic cable assemblies rated

for outdoor use and multimode applications.

The cable is pre-assembled with

HARTING’s outdoor rated PushPull

LC connector and available in various

lengths. Single-ended versions are offered

as well, allowing customers the flexibility

to assemble the second connector as

needed. Features include: protection level

IP65/IP67; 2-fibre multimode (62.5 µm);

typical wavelength 850 and 1310 nm.

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Feature: Factory Automation

Brandelle and Festo team up on material handling

to ensure Blount chain saw bars “make the cut”

By Mike Edwards

When any logger – weekend warrior

or forestry veteran – picks

up a chain saw, it’s important

to know that the tool is sharp and true.

To automate its inspection of cutting

bar production, the Guelph, ON-based

Oregon Cutting Systems Group of

Blount (www.oregonchain.ca) turned to

Brandelle Industries of nearby Milton,

ON (www.brandelle.ca). Blount manufactures

quality cutting system products

Particularly

challenging was the

cutting bar material

handling system

under the OREGON brand name, it produces

professional solid, solid harvester

and Pro-Lite guide bars for professional,

commercial and consumer wood cutters

and is exported to over 130 countries.

The company brands bars for many

major chainsaw manufacturers and sells

Oregon-brand in the replacement market

worldwide.

Brandelle has a strong presence in the

automotive material handling and test

fixture sectors, along with utilities, food

processing and material handling, specializing

in ergonomic lift assist systems and

gantry end-of-arm tooling.

It was commissioned by Blount to

design and build an automated workcell

that could handle and inspect cutting

bars in ranges from 11 to 47 in. and 1.5

to 16 lb. Rejected parts would have to be

separated for a neighboring straightening

press and inspection workstation.

According to Vincent Gohl, engineering

supervisor at Blount Canada,

“Brandelle provided a well designed, cost

effective solution for this project,” said

Gohl. “To date I am very happy with the

project and the material handling equipment

Brandelle has built.”

According to Brandelle co-owner and

project lead designer Gary Bot, there

were a number engineering component

issues that needed addressing quickly

to meet Blount’s delivery expectations.

Particularly challenging was the vacuum

technology and shock absorption properties

of the cutting bar material handling

system, so that bar cleanliness and orientation

wouldn’t lead to dropped units.

Stepping in to assist Brandelle was a

design team from Festo Inc., located in

Mississauga ON (www.festo.com). With

parameters outlined by Brandelle, Festo

was able to employ their suite of engineering

software tools to determine component

types and sizes. “This software is a

real time-saver,” said James MacDonald,

Festo Assembly & Handling Account

Manager and lead team liaison with

Brandelle. “It spits out every component

necessary for the customer application.”

Festo software includes

PositioningDrives for electro-mechanical

linear drives, pneumatic sizing using the

ProNeu expert system, vacuum selection,

tube selection, air consumption, selecting

grippers, selecting shock absorbers,

calculating mass moment of inertia,

Soft Stop for reducing travel times, and

bearing guide calculation for pneumatic

linear drives.

The critical suction cup component

recommended and implemented was 8

pieces of the 50 mm diameter Festo

ESS, which is made from Bayer AG’s

Vulkollan material. The material is unaffected

by deep-drawing oils on the cutting

bar plates, such as Tizinol.

The pick and place systems were

designed with Festo’s toothed belt axis

ECG and HGPL long-stroke gripper,

among many other Festo components

such as vacuum generator, servo motors,

proximity sensors, linear drive and motor

The critical suction cup component recommended and implemented was the 50 mm diameter Festo ESS,

which is made from Bayer AG’s Vulkollan material. The material is unaffected by deep-drawing oils on the

cutting bar plates.

control unit that made up 85% of the

project’s bill of materials.

“We didn’t have a lot of time – only

a one-month design and build window,”

said Bot. “At the quotation period with

Blount we consulted with Festo immediately.

They provided an advanced BOM

to structure the job, we proceeded to

heavy engineering and then verified with

the customer. “There’s no one in the

pneumatics industry that can touch Festo

for delivery times.”

Gary Bot and his co-owner partner,

Mike Brouwers, founded Brandelle four

years ago, partly with the expertise from

the Brouwer’s Machine & Tool business.

This expertise allows Brandelle to manu-

facture custom machined components

in-house for quick turnarounds on its

projects, Bot explained.

Brandelle currently has mechanical

and electrical engineers on staff, as well

as tool and die makers. Besides automated

material handling systems, Brandelle

can also design printed circuit boards for

custom applications. The company has

just been ISO 9001 and 14001 certified.

A sister company, Brandelle Biomass

(www.brandellebiomass.com), has just

been formed that manufacturers solid fuel

boilers that consume wood pellets, switch

grass pellets, wheat shorts/oat hulls, corn,

wood chips and firewood. Biomass units

are current pending CSA approval.

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Products: Bearings

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Linear, rotary bearings

LM76 has introduced plain bearings

that employ advanced PTFE polymers,

ceramic, and specialty composites

for linear and rotary applications.

Units are said to be quiet, low

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in harsh environments, high-speed

linear/rotary, rapid oscillation, high

impact, and shock. They are also

FDA/USDA compliant, and can be

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Thomson has introduced stainless

steel “A” Ball Bushing bearings. Units

feature an all steel construction for

rust and corrosion resistance while

providing system rigidity in temperatures

up to 315 C. They also provide

steady state travel speeds up to 10

ft/s and accelerations to 450 ft/s2

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Compact modules

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compact modules of installation

sizes 9 to 70. Users can choose

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toothed belt (CKR) designs. Units

are ready-to-install with millimeter

precision up to a maximum of 600

mm for the ball screw design, and up

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They measure 70 x 32 mm (W

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module with ball screw drive

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SKF has introduced a line of energy

efficient bearings for powertrain applications.

They have been calculated

to reduce friction by up to 30%

CO2 emissions by up to 13 g/mile

for a four wheel powertrain. The

line includes tapered roller bearing,

driveline angular contact bearings,

and pinion units based on doublerow

ball bearing units. SKF’s VEP

software allows for the calculation

of bearing loads on rollers or balls

that are responsible for the bearing’s

friction.

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Dual seal bearing inserts

Quality Bearing & Components has

introduced the BBXINS series of

ball bearing inserts that feature dual

seal construction and fit shafts ranging

from 1/2 to 4 in. diameters. The

set screw type bearing inserts have

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Feature: Motion Control

Designing linear motion components

for medical applications

Advanced medical device designs

are evolving rapidly and demand

higher standards for medical liability.

Applying linear motion components

to these medical applications yield the best

results when collaboration begins at the

early stages of the design.

Modification to current parts or a

custom design may offer the optimum

solution; therefore, an emphasis must

be placed on collaboration during the

early stages of design with medical device

manufacturers.

Nook Industries offers a wide variety

of standard modular actuators and

ball screws for medical applications in

Because of their own pressure for miniaturization, the medical technology industry (as well as optics, etc.) are

increasingly demanding smaller ball screws.

their extensive catalog. As a leading linear

systems and components manufacturer,

Nook Industries recognizes that medical

application specifications often exceed

the capabilities of standard, catalogued

products. Nook leverages its decades of

expertise when modifying standard parts

or creating custom designs for medical

applications such as those that reflect the

Food and Drug Administration’s Quality

System Regulation 21 CFR-Part 280.

According to Nook Industries’ CEO,

Christopher Nook, “We often start with

the customer’s performance specifications

focused on the product’s expected life,

environmental conditions, material selection

and physical size. We then incorporate

enhancements to the product’s design

that address the rigors of most medical

applications.”

The following disciplined realization

process is executed for Nook medical

device applications.

Beginning with specification requirements

provided by the medical device

manufacturer, definition of design priorities

must be incorporated for finished

devices intended for human use including:

• Performance: load capacity and

length/range of travel requirements

• Efficiency: high-precision/lowprecision

• Accuracy: lead accuracy measured in

microns

• Envelope: compact

• Material Constraints: stainless

steel, magnetism/non-magnetism,

radioactive elements, etc.

• Operating Environment: non-direct

exposure with patients or attached to

the human body, etc.

Design reviews are conducted at

various stages involving comprehensive,

systematic, and documented examinations

of a design that will evaluate the

adequacy of the design requirements and

evaluate the capability of the design to

meet these requirements.

Designing a ball screw is not practical

if it can’t be consistently and efficiently

produced. Nook leverages SolidWorks

COSMOS software at this stage to provide

a full range of integrated modeling

and simulation that medical product

manufacturers need to design better products,

faster – and at lower cost.

Nook leverages

SolidWorks COSMOS

software for modeling

& simulation

With the growing worldwide shift

toward smaller packaged applicationstypically

requires lower load capacity and

higher precisions.

Nook’s Precision Screw Group has

recently introduced its Small Diameter Ball

Screw Assemblies (SD Ball Screw) designed

for smaller footprint applications to meet

the needs of these medical applications.

In addition to medical equipment, these

screws are used in robots, guided missiles,

unmanned vehicles and aerospace

applications.

The small diameter ball screw line was

developed as an extension to its Power-

Trac offering to provide design engineers

a globally accepted metric product for

compact, portable, and lightweight applications

requiring high accuracy, repeatability,

and durability.

The small diameter (below 10mm) ball

screws are designed with a load capacity

of 40 to 100 lb, and a high-precision (lead

accuracy measured in microns).

• Lead accuracy of: ± 100 µm/300 mm

– Standard Rolled (Carry, MRT)/±25

µm/300 mm – Precision Rolled

(PMT)

• Standard diameters from 6 to 12 mm

• Standard leads from 1 to 6 mm

According to Nook Industries CEO,

Christopher Nook, “The Small Diameter

(SD) Ball Screw’s small size and customizable

design offer precise, efficient movement

in a compact package for medical

device applications.”

This article was contributed by Nook

Industries.

www.nookindustries.com


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Technical

Literature

Environmental metal recovery. Eriez has

introduced a brochure about the company’s

eco-friendly products and sustainable practices

using technology for magnetic, vibratory

and inspection applications.

www.eriez.com

Overload safety couplings. 12-page Zero-

Max catalog of Torq Tender overload safety

couplings has been published. The overload

safety couplings disengage motor drives for

overload protection in models that will disengage

torques from 2 to 3000 in. lb.

www.zero-max.com

Vibration Mounts. The V115 CD-ROM from

Advanced Antivibration Components

features vibration mount catalogs and

eStore Interactive links to over 3000 products.

From the CD-ROM, users are able to

order online, request a quote, check stock,

and download 3D models.

www.vibrationmounts.com

Power products. The Phihong Technology

Power Solutions catalog includes fixed

and interchangeable-plug wall plug adapters,

car chargers, desktop adapters, open

frame power supplies, LED drivers, and

Power-over-Ethernet products.

www.phihong.com/catalog/index.html

Bearings, cable carriers. 2009 catalogs

from igus are available on CD-ROM. The

searchable CD features full versions of the

company’s cable carrier, continuous-flex

cables and bearings print catalogs, as well

as videos and links to CAD files.

www.igus.com

Vibration measurement. IOtech has

released the 2009 Vibration Measurement

and Analysis Solutions Catalog and is available

for download from the IOtech website.

Included in the catalog is the IOtech 600

Series of Dynamic Signal Analyzers (DSA).

www.iotech.com

Inch, metric components. Stock Drive

Products/Sterling Instrument has

announced a 360-page “Inch / Metric

Supplement Catalog, D795” CD catalog.

http://sdp-si.com/web/html/newprd-

D795CD.htm

CAD Industry Watch

By Bill Fane

Are you a large operation

that suddenly

needs a few extra

basic CAD seats in a hurry

Are you a smaller operation

that only needs a few CAD

seats Do you only need a

CAD seat on an occasional

basis DoubleCAD XT

from IMSI/Design could be

the answer.

DoubleCAD XT is available

as a free download

from http://www.doublecad.com/Download/

tabid/1128/Default.aspx.

That’s right; a fully-functional

unlimited commercial-use

license is free.

DoubleCAD XT 1.1

claims to be AutoCAD LT

2009 compatible workalike,

with 2010 “coming.”

My first impression was

that DoubleCAD XT 1.1 looks almost

exactly like AutoCAD LT 2008, with

toolbars that appear to be virtually identical

to the AutoCAD 2008 products. It

does not have a ribbon menu, as do the

comparable AutoCAD 2009 products

(illustration above).

DoubleCAD XT calls itself a “workalike,”

suggesting that

users can easily switch

back and forth between

it and AutoCAD LT.

There are two issues

here. The first is that

there are some differences

between the two

in how the interface and some commands

operate, including differences in what

happens when you press Esc, the space

bar or Enter.

The other main issue is the basic interface

itself. If your background is AutoCAD

2008 or earlier then you could probably

convert or even switch back and forth

without too much trouble. On the other

hand, switching between DoubleCAD

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DoubleCAD XT: Capable CAD at zero cost

AutoCAD LT 2009 (background), AutoCAD

2008, DoubleCAD XT (foreground).

AutoCAD LT user

market the target for

DoubleCAD XT

XT and AutoCAD 2009 or later would

probably be about as awkward as switching

from or between AutoCAD 2008 and

earlier versus AutoCAD 2009 and later.

DoubleCAD XT has its own proprietary

file format, but it also claims to

support AutoCAD .DWG files from R14

up to 2009. For the most part it seems to,

but there are a couple

of points to be noted.

One item that may

be significant in your

operation is the fact that

AutoCAD 2008 added

self-scaling annotative

objects such as text and

dimensions. AutoCAD LT offers full support

for them, but DoubleCAD XT only

displays the first size created and does

not display the alternates for other scales

that may be attached. Also, it does not

have any method of setting the annotation

scale, so all annotative objects appear

all the time in all viewports regardless

of viewport scales. The most significant

point, however, occurred when I saved the

drawing from DoubleCAD XT and reopened

it in AutoCAD LT. The annotative

objects had lost their annotativeness, and

all the alternate scale representations had

disappeared.

Another significant difference is support

for External REFerences (XREF). The

Help facility sort of says that DoubleCAD

XT supports them, but the wording is a

little vague. What actually happens is that

the “externally-referenced” file simply

gets absorbed into the current drawing as

a local block definition.

Interestingly, DoubleCAD XT properly

opens an AutoCAD drawing containing

xrefs, and the xref connections

survive the round trip if you save it back

and then re-open it in AutoCAD.

On the other hand, DoubleCAD XT

has a number of features not found in

AutoCAD, such as self-healing walls,

transparent fills, Bezier curves, and support

for Google SketchUp.

Bill Fane (bill_fane@bcit.ca) is a software

reviewer and retired mechanical engineering

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Last year, Maplesoft introduced

its MapleSim 1.0

product. With it, designers

and engineers can create mathematical

models of complex electro-mechanical-thermal

systems

simply by dragging and dropping

objects from a comprehensive

library of several hundred predefined

component modules and

then connecting them together as

appropriate.

The just released MapleSim 2

feeds everything to the Maple 13

computational engine when you

run a simulation of your design.

Maple 13 then derives the equations,

simplifies them by as much

as 90%, and returns the probed

results as graphical plots. You can

easily play what-if scenarios by

changing the input parameters and

then running the simulation again.

MapleSim 2 makes it even easier

MapleSim 2 can produce 3D animations of

its output, as well as create graphic plots.

to optimize your design in that you

can now work backwards. You

simply define a desired output and

then the input parameters are automatically

varied until the output

matches what you wanted.

Another very significant change

in MapleSim 2 is the addition of

3D visualization and animation

capabilities.

As you create your model, physical

connection links are represented

as simple ball-and-stick connections.

When your analysis runs,

MapleSim 2 still produces the same

graphed outputs from your probe

points that version 1 did, but it also

displays a 3D animation that can be

viewed from a number of orthogonal

or pictorial viewing directions.

Force and torque arrows and path

tracks can also be displayed.

You can re-play the animation,

pause, rewind, play backwards, or

use a slider bar to go to a specific

frame without running the analysis

again. Fast-forward and fastbackward

speed can be varied by

more than two billion to one (2 ±31 )

so that you can analyse something

as slow as a bureaucrat or as fast

as something breaking just after the

warranty expires.


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CAD Chronicle

Finite element modeling and

visualization tools

Siemens PLM Software has announced the latest

release of Femap software which provides new

finite element (FE) modeling and visualization

tools for increased productivity. Femap Version

10.1 enhancements add new functionality in

model visualization and post processing, as well as NX Nastran software integration

and support, including: multi-group display; load/constraint set and analysis management;

global ply composite post processing; and, 2D tensor force and stress plots.

www.siemens.com/plm

5-axis milling toolpaths

Instant 3D document

generation from CAD models

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Delcam has launched version 10 of

its PowerMILL CAM system and

version 2010 of its FeatureCAM and

PartMaker CAM systems. Major

enhancements include the latest in

background-processing, multi-threading

and 5-axis simultaneous milling.

The main benefit of backgroundprocessing

in PowerMILL 10 is that

users can prepare data in the foreground

while calculating toolpaths

in the background. Multi-threading

capabilities in both PowerMILL and

FeatureCAM 2010 allow individual

calculations to be divided between

the cores in a multi-core machine.

www.delcam.com

QuadriSpace Corp. has announced Smart

Template Technology, available in Document3D

Professional 2009, that lets users

import their 3D CAD models into a smart

template, customize the automatically generated

document and then publish to standard

print, web or interactive 3D formats.

Out of the box, Document3D includes

more than 50 templates, each capable of

using 3D models to automatically create

pages that include 3D graphics, tabular

parts lists and step-by-step instructions.

www.quadrispace.com

Mechatronic and multi-domain

simulation for EDA

Ansys, Inc. has announced the latest release of

its Simplorer software for electronic design automation

(EDA) products, used for the design of

mechatronic and other multi-domain systems.

The release introduces a new interface, advanced

modeling capabilities including dynamic links

to other Ansoft software, enhanced integration

with third-party simulation software, and computational

performance enhancements.

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CAD-driven CMM software

Engineering, styling suite

Renishaw’s MODUS CMM software

application combines with the company’s

UCC2 universal CMM controller

and sensors, including the REVO 5-axis

measuring system. MODUS provides a

platform for 5-axis measurement. Key

features include: CAD-driven offline

programming with full simulation and

collision detection of 5-axis moves; and,

native DMIS support.

www.renishaw.com

Think3 has announced ThinkDesign

2009.1, its CAD product suite, includes

new features for the creation of frame

elements for the industrial machinery

market, improvements to commands

for curve and surface editing, enhancements

in the sheet metal functionalities

and other features for the machinery

and components sectors. Frame functionality

is an integrated module of

ThinkDesign, which is an instinctive

sketch-based method that facilitates

the creation of frame elements.

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Products: Motion Control

Compact drives with Ethernet

Bosch Rexroth Canada has announced a

power range from 50 W to 3.5 kW for the

compact IndraDrive Cs line of servo drive.

The drives support all standard Ethernetbased

communication interfaces such as

SERCOS III, PROFINET IO (RT), Ether-

Net/IP and EtherCat. The user configures

his choice of communication protocol

himself using software on universal communication

hardware. This reduces the

complexity and diversity of variants particularly

for machine manufacturers who

have to offer tailor-made customer solutions

with various Ethernet interfaces. The

multiple transducer interface of the drive is

said to work smoothly with transducer systems

such as EnDat, Hiperface, simple TTL

incremental transducers, sine-cosine transducers,

resolvers and the serial transducer

system of Rexroth’s MSM motors.

www.boschrexroth.ca

Timing belt tooth

ARC-POWER Technology timing belt

tooth design improves performance due

to circular force distribution leading to

extreme low friction during tooth engagement.

Polyurethane

timing belts come

in AT10 and AT15

tooth profile, are

steel or stainless

steel reinforced

and are available

in open ended and

welded or truly endless. Belt widths from

25 to 100 mm, various backing materials

and a selection of over 3000 existing profiles

are available.

www.brecoflex.com

AC gearmotor torque boost

Managed ethernet switches

MEN Micro Inc. has extended its line of

managed Ethernet switches to include a

new 3U CompactPCI (CPCI) version. The

F302 features eight Fast Ethernet channels

on the front via RJ45, M12 or D-Sub

connectors, depending upon the applica-

tion, and an optional channel accessible

through the rear J1 connector for communication

within an embedded system.

A service interface at the front provides a

number of options to configure the Ethernet

channels individually via a hardware

key, a Telnet command line interface or

SNMP, without opening the system itself.

Units are designed for rugged, communication-intensive

applications as found in

transportation and other mobile environments.

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Gearmotors and motors

Bodine Electric Company added over

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Pump displacement increase

Bosch Rexroth Canada has introduced the

Silence pump series and optimized standard

series. The B and G series pumps are now

increased to 7 cm 3 /rev and the displacement

of the B series has been doubled. The

displacement of the G series has also been

enlarged up to 63 cm 3 /rev. In addition, the

U and T series Silence pumps are available

in two new nominal sizes. The pumps satisfy

demands for all displacements between

4 and 63 cm 3 /rev.

www.boschrexroth.ca

Self-diagnostic network

Series EX250 Serial Network modular

components from SMC Pneumatics

Canada provides 32 sensor input points

(in addition to 32 solenoid valve output

points), and they are also IP67 rated. The

series self-diagnostic functions help users

quickly identify problems that could have

otherwise caused major downtime. The

EX250 device is built with self-diagnostic

features to protect the input blocks from

over-current and to detect insufficient

voltage supply to the valves.

www.smcpneumatics.ca

Self-adjusting air cylinders

Festo introduced the self-adjusting PPS

pneumatic cylinder, which ensures an optimum

cushioning action every time, even

if friction and pressure change. It also

reduces the acceleration forces acting on

components. In comparison with shock

absorbers, self-adjusting cushioning is less

expensive and more robust, the company

says.

www.festo.ca

Spring/collet actuated clamp

Amlok has introduced the hydraulic series

RCH rod clamp that provides power-off

clamping of rods and shafts. It is actuated

by a spring/collet mechanism and

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unclamped by hydraulic pressure. The

rod clamps are designed to clamp components

after the motion has stopped and

to hold the position securely as long as

forces do not exceed the table values. The

mountings have been designed to apply

to standard heavy duty NFPA-style MF1

cylinders. The standard housing can be

mounted to different machine structures

or be custom-designed.

www.ame.com

Rotary air valves

Clippard Instrument Laboratory has introduced

a new line of Rotary Air Valves.

The rotary valves are 4-way with ¼ in.

NPT ports. They are manually-operated

3-position closed centre valves offering

an operating pressure range of 0 to 150

psig and an operating temperature from

32° to 140°F. With a small footprint, this

base mounted rotary valve is said to offer

flexibility for strategic locations.

www.clippard.com/rotaryvalves-b

Vacuum system components

ity to utilize Eaton’s Screw-In Cartridge

Valve (SICV) technology to give users a

wide choice of configuration options. The

valves are an open centre, parallel circuit

architecture, and available in configurations

with up to 10 operating sections.

Rated flow is 120 lpm and they are rated

at 250 bar using the NFPA T.2.6.1 protocol,

giving them a maximum pressure of

290 bar (4200 psi).

www.eaton.com/hydraulics

Fluid power simulation

Famic Technologies Inc. has released version

5.7 of Automation Studio, software

for system design, simulation and documentation

of hydraulic, mobile hydraulic,

pneumatic and electrotechnical projects.

The software can be used to create, analyze,

test, troubleshoot, and validate systems,

while the newest version features

multiple new tools and enhancements that

have been partly suggested by our users.

For example, when a multiple hydraulics

or pneumatics pressure lines selection is

realized, it is possible to apply to it in one

step, the type of line using the multi selection

context menu. Using the multi selection

contextual menu, it is now possible to

change the type of flowline on all selected

hydraulic or pneumatic flowlines.

www.automationstudio.com

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Multifunctional monitoring

The Novotechnik MAP 4000 Series features

include programmable input selection

and mathematical functions, as we l

as up to four limit switches, and ana-

log outputs. Units can perform up to 40

measurements/s.

www.novotechnik.com

Multi-loop PID controller

TecMate refreshes

lead-acid batteries

By Mike Edwards

January/

February

2009

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be

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eglected sealed

lead acid (SLA)

ba teries pose an

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motorcycle,

scooter, snowmobile and boating

Clippard Instrument Laboratory has introduced

a series of sub-miniature mani-

desulfater-chargers are available to refresh

enthusiasts. However, designed-in-Canada

folds for the 10 mm and 15 mm solenoid

these deep discharged ba terie so owners can

valves. The single-sided units are available

with 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14 and 16

tion key.

get on their way when they firs turn the igni-

stations.

TecMate North America (www.tecmate.

www.clippard.com/10-15mm

com) of Oakvi le, ON, manufacturers a wide

range of electronic diagnostic tools and chargers

for the 6-, 12- and 24-V ba tery market.

For over a year now, it has contracted Oakvi lebased

product design specialist ORSeS Inc.

(www.orses.ca) for mechanical redesign and

packaging of its products.

ORSeS services include an experienced

industrial design consultancy, through Brad

Schi ling, its chief technical o ficer. Schi ling has

more than 20 years of industrial design experience,

including at GE major appliances, and

Sub-miniature manifolds

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Watlow has introduced the EZ-

ZONE RM – a DIN-rail mounted,

configurable multi-loop PID temperature/process

contro ler. Units can be

configured with between 1 to 16 modules

contro ling from 1 to 64 loops.

www.watlow.com

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more than 15

years of PTC

Pro/ENGINEER 3D

modeling experience, in-

cluding advanced surfacing,

sheet metal and plastic package design.

A l the external packaging of the products

have been redesigned and modeled by ORSeS

using Pro/E. The electrical components and

PCB design has been done under the supervision

and guidance of Martin Human, CTO for

TecMate.

According to Mike Cooper, TecMate director

of sales in North America, “The new

designs have included a number of important

design specification changes, which are driven

by customer requests. Changes include a varied

color scheme and new sealed shapes for the

product range and an improved, simpler manufacturing

process, which in turn has helped

reduce the product costs.” Much of this has

been enabled due to the use of 3D modeling,

as we l as the experience of ORSeS.

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Numatics has announced the addition

of vacuum components and system design

capabilities. Available components

include a wide range of vacuum generators,

suction cups (in a multitude of sizes,

configurations, and materials), vacuum

switches (for system monitoring and feedback),

and all the necessary accessories

for system support and installation. Each

vacuum generator is designed to provide

the optimum vacuum output at the lowest

possible operating pressure reducing energy

consumption, noise levels, clogging,

and the overall cost of the equipment.

www.numatics.com

Modular hydraulic valve

Eaton Corp. has introduced a modular

hydraulic mobile sectional valve that offers

flexibility for a broad range of mobile

applications. The CM 120 valve combines

modular design features with the abil-

Promess, Inc. has added a series of hollowshaft

units to its line of Torque Functional

Test (TFT) systems intended for intelligent

assembly applications. Based on direct

drive rotary motor technology, the TFT-HS

series permits users to access components

with tools and/or sensors inserted through

the centre hole during the assembly operation.

Promess TFTs provide monitored

and measured amounts of torque during

assembly and test operations. They utilize

servomotors, position sensing feedback

technology, and proprietary torque

transducers to produce controlled torque

inputs and feedback monitoring.

www.promessinc.com


September 2009

Medical Engineering

Solving problems while

finding a market niche

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Design Product News 21

By Mark Sunderland

During the early 1990s, I was contracted

by the Economic Council

to write a study paper for a

report on Healthcare. The assigned subject

was “Labor Saving Technology in

Hospital Care.”

The difficulty was in measuring the

labor to be saved. Unlike a construction

site for which a tape can measure the

product of a day’s work – or an assembly

line that has a visible and measurable

input/output ratio, hospital productivity

isn’t so easy to observe. And how can we

measure something by rules if it transcends

the rules we know

So processes with observable ends

were examined, intra hospital travel for

example. The cost per given distance of

moving a patient within a hospital is substantially

higher than first class air travel

– and with greater risk. Beyond the cost

of human motive power, the procedural

costs are enormous. There are solutions

but in the medical system, innovation

is generally a cakewalk compared to

the process of introducing it. Approvals,

evaluations and testing periods can all be

fraught with obstacles, especially when

the subject is simple enough for everyone

to be involved.

The health industry

is vulnerable to an

economic downturn,

just like everyone else

There is a fallacious belief that the

health industry is above an economic

downturn and although there is some

truth that the system must function, there

are major obstacles for suppliers – especially

those that outsource their manufacturing.

The upside can result from a more scrupulous

look at production and shipping

and in finding solutions that may have

been overlooked in easier times.

The companies that bode well are generally

those that had the prescience for

the evolution of healthcare and are consequently

poised to enable much of the

patient monitoring remotely and even

beyond a hospital campus.

BRYTECH Inc. (www.brytech.com) is

a Canadian medical technology company

that has developed a Remote Physiology

Monitoring System (RPM). The RPM is

a wireless networked, vital signs monitor

that can be worn by a patient. It is

approved by Health Canada for hospitals

and for managed care applications.

The system enables patient monitoring

in triage (in medical use, triage is the

assignment of degrees of urgency and

order to treat wounds or illnesses) or step

down by wireless transmission of the vital

signs data to remote caregivers. BRYTECH

is also introducing versions of the wireless

monitors for patients on respirators and

patients in their home.

In the current state of health economics,

innovation should perhaps be more related

to process than product. To some extent

we are all inventors, we have to be in order

to make it through the day – how to get

to work in a transit strike and how to get

lunch when the canteen is being renovated

– and we often devise an improvement. Life

is a creative process so instead of ringing

hands over an economic woe we should

maybe free our hands to grasp the potential

that it affords us.

Mark Sunderland is President of Ottawabased

BioMedical Industry Group (mark.

sunderland@biomedgroup.com).

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METRIC HYDRAULIC

PIPING PRODUCTS

Products: Editor’s Choice

Wireless remote control

to enhance the operator’s experience and

equipment maneuverability.

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Canada for over 35 years, Williams Fluidair is here to meet your needs. With

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Magnetek, Inc. has announced the Telemotive

XLTX radio remote control. The

XLTX bellybox transmitter is said to incorporate

the latest electronic technology

in a lightweight, comfortably contoured,

durable case. The design offers a graphic

display for two-way feedback applications

and a high-power RF to maximize use in

the harshest environments, the company

says. The flexible design also offers options

for proportional, stepped/detented, and

on/off controls. The controls are available

with a variety of handle options designed

Baldor has released the latest version of its

software estimating tool that enables users

to evaluate the energy efficiency of electric

motors and variable speed drives. BE$T

3.0, the Baldor Energy Savings Tool can

be downloaded free of charge from the

company’s website. The software analyses

the efficiency and annual electricity usage

of users’ existing motors, and calculates

the cost savings that can be achieved by

replacing them with equivalent higher

efficiency models. Built-in motor performance

and pricing information enables

the software to suggest optimum replacements

and to estimate the investment payback

period.

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Washdown gearbox options

Revolutionary Solutions for

Demanding Industrial Applications

Available nickel plated, lacquer coated or

in stainless steel, Wittenstein’s washdown

range of servo gearboxes are suitable for

applications in food packaging/processing,

the pharmaceutical/medical industry

or wherever clean room or harsh environments

play a critical issue. IP65 protection,

food-grade grease and stainless steel

components are some of the features for

the range. The washdown option is available

as standard for the following alpha

products: alpha LP+, alpha SP+, alpha

TP+, alpha HG+, alpha SK+, alpha TK+

and alpha V-Drive

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the extension of its product offering to include

a line of over current detectors. The

TD and 9001 Hall effect current detectors

protect power semiconductors in power

electronic circuits by signaling when current

in the circuit has exceeded the nominal

detector trip point. They are designed

to be mounted directly to a PCB and, like

Hall effect current sensors, provide isolation

between the sensed current and the

output. Both have a response time of 1μs

(typical) and operate over a temperature

range of -40° to 125ºC and, because the

devices are Hall effect based, have negligible

levels of power dissipation.

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Products: Adhesives & Fasteners

Silicones adhere in minutes

Henkel Corp has introduced Loctite two

part silicones for industrial bonding and

sealing. Bonding time is 5 to 50 min to

metal, glass and ceramic substrates and the

shelf life is 12 months at room temperature.

They offer tensile strengths of 300 psi

to support windows, solar panels and outdoor

displays. The silicones resist temperature

up to 230ºC, offer elongations up to

240% and can withstand vibration, flexing

and thermal shock. They are also resistant

to UV rays, water most cleaning solutions.

www.henkelna.com/oemnew

Smooth alignment hinges

available in tapped and stud types and permit

torque-free clamping. They are RoHS

compliant with zinc die cast handles and a

matte black plastic coated, abrasion-proof

epoxy resin finish. Available in fixed and

adjustable versions, the distance between

the eccentrical cam and the contact surface

is adjustable. Thrust force maximum

is 8 kN.

www.jwwinco.com

Extruders allow for simplicity

Nordson Corp. has enhanced its line of EX

hot melt adhesive extruder systems that allow

for fast adhesive changes without intensive

cleaning. They are closed “melt on

demand” systems allow for avoidance of

carbonization and ambient air exposure,

offer a melt rate of 3 to 2500 kg/h depending

on extruder size and are self-cleaning

and virtually maintenance free. Systems

can also be customized with additional

heating zones and fieldbus interfaces.

www.nordson.com

Adhesive with cure indicator

DYMAX 3-20794 is a color-changing

adhesive formulated with Ultra-Red fluorescing

technology. Bondable substrates

include PC, PET, PS, PU, PVC, and ABS.

It cures in seconds when exposed to highintensity

UV light. It starts out blue in its

uncured state, making it visible.

The blue color disappears when sufficient

light energy has been provided to the adhesive

bond area to achieve full cure.

www.dymax.com

Beckson HGB series hinges open 270º to

ensure smooth alignment. Units are double-acting

and are said to lie flat in almost

any application, forgive off-level mounting

due to their side-to-side vertical offset, and

allow up to ¾ in. setback from the edge of

a panel for secure fastening. They measure

1.5 x 4.25 in. and are made of high-strength

acetyl resin with Monel pins. Installation is

via #8 stainless steel flathead screws.

www.becksonmfg.com

Counterbalance hinges

Southco’s ST-12C counterbalance hinges

provide consistent performance in a compact

package. They are specified to stay

within ±20% of rated torque for 20,000 cycles

and provide ±90% of rotation in each

direction for 180º motion range. Hinges

feature an all-metal construction and are

rated for a maximum static radial load of

1000 N and a maximum static axial load

of 1200 N. Available in four torque values

20-, 28-, 36- and 44-in. lb force.

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Automotive Scene

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Electronic controls make dual-clutch

transmission accessible

By Bill Vance

There’s a new player elbowing its

way onto the transmission scene.

Over the years the technology has

been dominated in turn by the manual

sliding gear “crash” gearbox, the manual

non-clash synchromesh, and finally the

full automatic in which a torque converter

is combined with planetary gearsets. A

variation was Henry Ford’s 1908-1927

Model T that used planetary gearboxes

manually operated by foot pedals.

A small market share is also held by

continuously-variable transmissions, as

well as automated conventional manuals

with electromechanical clutching and

shifting. The recent entrant is the Dual

Clutch Transmission (DCT) inspired by

the European market, which for fuel

economy reasons strongly favors manuals.

According to DCT manufacturers,

units provide the convenience of a planetary

automatic, and equal or exceed the

efficiency and fuel economy of a conventional

manual.

The DCT has been used in racing applications

since the 1980s, but until recently

was not refined enough for passenger cars.

Advanced, powerful electronic controls

have helped change that.

In the DCT, the traditional torque con-

verter is replaced by an ingenious

dual clutch arrangement

in which two separate multi-plate wet

(oil bathed) clutches (dry ones can also

be used), a larger one and a smaller one,

are mounted concentrically one inside

the other on the same plane. Each clutch

operates independently and is connected

to one of two concentric shafts, or “shaftwithin-a-shaft”

known as quill drive, that

carry power to regular synchromesh type

transmission gears.

One clutch sends power via the outer

shaft which is splined to the odd numbered

gears, e.g. 1st, 3rd and 5th. The

other clutch’s power goes through the

inner shaft to the even numbered ratios,

e.g. 2nd, 4th and 6th. Since all the gears

are contained in the same case, the DCT

is in effect two parallel transmissions

combined into one unit.

The clutch is activated by a hydraulic

piston that pressurizes the clutch plates.

At idle the piston releases, disconnecting

In a DCT, when the gear shift is about

to occur, the first clutch opens (green

figure), disengaging g g1st gear, and the

second one closes simultaneously to vate second gear (blue

acti-

figure).

the clutch. Electrohydraulic servos move

the synchronizing sleeves to engage and

disengage gears.

In operation, the DCT starts off in 1 st

gear, and while the car is accelerating, the

next gear is pre-selected and sits waiting

with its clutch disengaged. When the gear

shift is about to occur, the first clutch

opens (green figure), disengaging 1 st gear,

and the second one closes simultaneously

to activate second gear (blue figure).

Shifts are virtually instantaneous and

are accomplished under load, so there

is a continuous, seamless flow of power,

something not possible in a conventional

manual transmission. Although shifts are

as smooth as a hydraulic planetary, the

elimination of inherent torque converter

slippage helps improve fuel economy.

The DCT can be driven in fully automatic

mode with shifts managed solely

by the mechatronic “brain,” or manually

selected by the driver via buttons, paddles

or shift lever. The DCT is not torque limited

like the continuously variable transmission,

and can be designed to handle

torque ranging from a Volkswagen engine

to the prodigious 922 lb ft of torque of the

Bugatti Veyron’s 8.0 litre W16. The DCT

can be used with a longitudinally or laterally

mounted engine, and in 2- or 4-wheel

drive applications.

The first production DCT was introduced

in six speed form as the DSG (direct

shifting gearbox) by Volkswagen in 2003

in their Golf R32 and Audi TT 3.2 (Audi

is a division of VW). It was co-developed

by VW and BorgWarner. Other manufacturers

like Porsche (who call theirs PDK)

and Ferrari are using DCTs, and Ford has

said it plans to introduce a DCT as early

as 2010.

In spite of the DCT and the torque

converter planetary transmission having

approximately the same number of parts,

the DCT is still more costly to build. This

should change with increased production

and the availability of more DCT component

suppliers.

Although aimed primarily at the

European market, the DCT holds the

potential to become a real challenger to

both the synchromesh manual and the

planetary automatic in other markets too.

But the synchromesh has over 80 years of

development, and the planetary automatic

70 years since the first fully automatic

“Hydra-Matic” appeared on the 1940

Oldsmobile, so both will be formidable

opponents.

Bill Vance is an automotive journalist and

author.

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Design Product News 25

Online business and personal skills training for

industry: everywhere, and anytime

By John Bachmann

For many companies serving

Canadian industry, providing

employees with training on technical,

business and personal development

topics is greatly complicated by geography.

Even if you’re lucky enough to be

located close to a community college or

university, courses covering the specific

topics your staff needs may not be offered.

Usually this is simply the result of insufficient

local demand – a dilemma that can

be overcome by accessing courses online.

Over the past year, I had the chance

to work with co-instructor Paul St.

Germain and experts at Mohawk College

to develop and deliver the first online

course in the Industrial Distribution

Leadership Certificate Program (IDLCP).

This course on Marketing, Sales and

Customer Relationship is part of the

Industrial Careers Pathway initiative led

by the Power Transmission Distributors

Association and supported by more than

20 other industry associations.

I had previously taught the course

in class at Mohawk but the process of

converting it to an online format and

then delivering it was an eye-opening

experience. The software that we used

to set up the course web site was really

slick. Material was grouped in lessons,

with some content, such as assignments,

not accessible by students until scheduled

release dates. This course was delivered

“asynchronously,” i.e. the students could

view the lesson videos whenever they

wanted to and did not have to log on at a

specific time for a live lesson.

All the course material needed to be

prepared keeping in mind the lack of

teacher-student interaction when students

viewed their lesson videos. (These were

PowerPoint slide shows with voice-overs.)

This meant filling in some gaps in the

slides and lesson notes that had been used

in class and providing written feedback in

lieu of classroom discussions.

Experience with this first online course

identified both similarities and differences

relative to correspondence courses. Selfmotivation

is still important and, as a

result, the rate of attrition is higher than

for in-class courses. But unlike traditional

correspondence courses, there are more

opportunities for student participation.

Online discussions allow students to share

their opinions relative to topics such as

“what will outside selling in the industrial

market look like in 2020” or “managing

time more efficiently.”

In addition, students can (and regularly

do!) contact their instructor to ask for

clarification on topics and assignments.

In an online course, regular assignments

serve as a two-way feedback mechanism,

albeit with a bit of a time delay.

The assignments submitted by the student

tell the instructor how the students

are doing, while the instructor’s feedback

addresses misunderstandings or incomplete

learning.

To date, employers have been using the

IDLCP (www.ontariolearn.com) courses

to upgrade the knowledge and skills of

some of their more seasoned staff. The

average industrial experience level for this

first online course was 16 years. We hope

that industrial employers will start to use

the program for younger staff with say,

two to five years of experience, whom they

wish to develop. Just think of the return to

the company if these people were making

decisions over the next 10 years that

were informed by a better understanding

of business fundamentals and co-worker

behavior!

John Bachmann is Corporate Sales &

Marketing Manager, Wainbee, and

Chairman, Canadian Fluid Power

Association.

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Products: Editor’s Choice

Altair CAE suite expanded

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