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DESIGNPRODUCTNEWSContentsJune/July 2013Baldor to move Mexicanpulley production to Quebec8Baldor has announced Investissement Québec hasagreed to support investments in Ste-Claire forpulley production coming from Mexico.When to use a fast cureadhesive (and when not to)Jetta gets hybrid makeoverfrom Volkswagen9Volkswagen’s 2013 Jetta does not follow theusual bland hybrid recipe, according to BillVance in the Automotive Scene.Integrated Industry megatrendsweeps Hannover trade fairAd IndexAmacoil ..............................................10AutomationDirect ..................................3Baldor Electric Company .......................5Clippard ..............................................24Conductix-Wampfler ...........................10Eaton ..................................................11Elesa U.S.A. Corp ................................22Emphatec Inc ......................................12EPLAN Software & Services LLC...........16Gates Canada Inc .................................7J.W. Winco Inc .....................................20Lovato Electric Corporation .................23Master Bond Inc .................................13Omega ..................................................2Pamensky Canada Inc .........................18PennEngineering .................................17Pivot Point Inc .....................................19Ringball Corp .................................12-13Rotor Clip Company Inc ........................9Siemens PLM Software ........................15Smalley Steel Ring Company ...............16Spirol Industries Ltd ............................11Tsubaki of Canada ..............................1913Fast cure adhesives are a great way toreduce assembly costs, but only in the rightapplications, says Master Bond.81011DEPARTMENTS:By DesignHarting Canada adds tosales presencePower TransmissionVacon AC drives makingwaves in North AmericaMedical EngineeringMark Sunderland takes aclose look at an emergingdrug deliver technology12 Adhesives &FastenersAutomating bondingprocesses with UV141618Integrated Industry, is a megatrend that hascompanies moving towards merging their productionand IT, was omnipresent at Hannover Messe 2013.CAD Industry WatchSpotlight on AutodeskInventor, AutoCAD 2014CAD ChronicleProduct Spotlight onsoftware17CAD SoftwareThe right consultant canshow how to improvedesign workflows21 SwitchesProduct Spotlight22Data AcquisitionProduct SpotlightTHIS MONTH ONdpncanada.comEXCLUSIVE ONLINE BLOGSCAD Software BlogBill Fane covers the SiemensPLM Connection Americas UserConference 2013 in DallasRenderings BlogEditorial Director Mike Edwardsreports on PTC Live Global 2013from Anaheim, CAvisit www.dpncanada.comWhen online, launch the digital edition of DPN and viewvideos related to content where you see this icon.4 Design Product News • www.dpncanada.comJune/July 2013


The Industrial ChoiceWhen it comes to industrial electric motors, powertransmission products and drives, no other manufactureroffers more than Baldor...that is why Baldor is The IndustrialChoice! Whether your application requires a fractionalor 15,000 Hp motor, a variable frequency drive, mountedbearings or gearing, a pulley or sheave or even a standbygenerator, Baldor is the choice most preferred by industry.When your next project demands the most reliable andenergy efficient products available, look to Baldor as yourone source for more industrial solutions.baldor.com 479-646-4711• Superior Reliability• Unmatched Quality• Local Sales and Support• Quickest Delivery Available©2013 Baldor Electric Company


Cover Story FEATURENX CAD/CAE used to rapidly evaluate composite designscontinued from Front Coverto incorporate exotic biofibres,including flax and hemp, into thebody of the vehicle.Sophisticated software was inorder for CIC to assist companieslike Motive Industries. Prior toinvesting in Siemens PLM Software’sNX software (www.siemens.com/nx), engineers at CIC used multipletools for geometry preparation andanalysis of composite structures.The goal with Kestrel was tocreate parts that were as light aspossible, without compromisingstructural integrity. This meant frequentdesign-analysis iterations tobe certain this delicate balance wasbeing met across the entire vehiclebased benefits resulting from the useof NX, according to Komus, CICalso received prompt and capabletechnical support from MAYA, itsSiemens PLM Software solutionpartner (www.mayahtt.com).Founded in 2003 as a consortiumof industry partners, CIC iscurrently funded in part by thegovernments of Manitoba andCanada in addition to members ofits industrial alliance. CIC majorclients include Boeing, MagellanAerospace and New FlyerIndustries.DPN acknowledges the contribution ofSiemens PLM to this article.Example results from roof crush evaluationin NX CAE. Cover: Rendering of the Kestrelvehicle (courtesy Motive Industries).assembly. The seamless associativitybetween design geometry andanalysis models using NX alloweddesign changes to be quicklypushed to analysis models, with noneed for manual updating.NX Laminate Composites wasdeployed in defining and optimizingthe ply layup. “With compositesthere are so many options, andso a flexible interface that allowsyou to quickly specify and experimentwith a variety of parametersis essential,” said Komus.“Use of NX LaminateComposites ... allows us to reallyunderstand the stress in each plyand then change material orientationangles, ply location, or choiceof material to optimize the weightand performance of the design.”Advancing compliance withfederal safety standards virtuallyCIC engineers simulated federalmotor vehicle safety compliancetests within NX. This included roofcrush-resistance, which requiresthe roof to sustain a static loadequivalent to 1.5x vehicle weight.“By analyzing 50 different plyconfigurations, we were able toreduce the weight of the front tubcomponent from 109 to 64 kg, aweight saving of 41%,” said Komus.In addition to the productivity-June/July 2013Gates_DPN_June.indd 1GAIN TIME,PRODUCTIVITY,COST SAVINGS.SEE IT FOR YOUR SELF.RETHINK YOUR DRIVE.Find out more at Gates.com/PTsavingswww.dpncanada.com • Design Product News 72013-05-06 11:22 AM


By DesignFroude added to Harting sales forceMONTREAL – Harting has namedRandolph Froude to the new positionof Area Sales Manager for Ontario andWestern Canada, the second stage inthe company’s plan to establish a strongsales presence in the Canadian market.The first, completed in 2011, was theopening of a national sales office in Randolph Froude,Montreal, headed by Claude Gravel. Harting’s area salesFroude, who has an engineering backgroundwith a leading machine buildermanager for Ontarioand Western Canada.and extensive experience in sales/marketingwith major vendors, has built strong relationshipswith many large customers inOntario by providing them with solutionsto their interconnect needs.“Randolph’s appointment continuesthe process of establishing a personalrelationship between Harting and ourCanadian customers and building onwhat has been a very successful launchfor Harting Canada,” said Jon DeSouza,president and CEO of Harting, Inc.of North America as well as HartingCanada, Inc.www.harting.caBaldor moves pulleys production to Québec from MexicoBaldor, a member of the ABB Group, has announcedthat Investissement Québec has agreedto support investments in the Baldor Ste-Clairefacility. The investment is intended to increaseproduction capacity and modernize its equipmentin preparation for moving a pulley productionline from Mexico to Quebec.The Ste-Claire management team successfullydemonstrated to Baldor’s headquarters in the U.S.the benefits of transferring four types of productsfrom Baldor’s facility in Mexico to Ste-Claire.“We appreciate the confidence that InvestissementQuébec has placed in Baldor,” said ChrisPoynter, VP of the Discrete Automation and Motiondivision for ABB in Canada.www.abb.caWestec appoints Chartwell asmaster stocking representativeWestec GWconnect of Milan, Italy, hasappointed Markham, ON-based ChartwellAutomation Inc. as its master stockingrepresentative for the Canadian market.Westec manufactures acomprehensive line ofindustrial rectangularconnectors, junctionSteve Boehmer, VPsales and marketingat ChartwellAutomation Inc.boxes, cable glandsand other componentsfor connection, accordingto Steve Boehmer,VP sales and marketingat Chartwell.“The Westec line isa natural, logical andsynergetic additionfor us,” said Boehmer.“Our technical fieldsales team has considerable experience andexpertise selling rectangular connectorsand more broadly a full range of connectivitysolutions.”www.chartwell.caAdvisory Board DirectionsBy John LambFluid power addressesindustry needsElectrical controls make hydraulic and pneumatic applications increasingly sophisticatedAt the end of the 19th century,fluid power systemsstarted replacing equipmentin traditional mechanicalapplications. Today, fluid powertechnology is found in numerousapplications like vehicle steering,amusement park rides and industrialmachinery.Fluid power hasnow includes increasedsafety, control andreliabilityEquipment manufacturers havethe responsibility to tame the bruteforce of fluid power technology. Itis certainly on the cutting edge ofmanufacturing today – with theevolution of the electrical controlsin the form solenoids then evolvinginto sophisticated proportional(PID) controls with feedback devicesall over a Fieldbus network.Decision makers and designersin the fluid power industry needto consider more than force andspeed of the actuator. The latestfluid power technology offerssmarter, faster, smaller and powerfulproducts that are more reliablethan ever before. Highly integratedtechnologies which offer energyefficiency, connectivity and accuracy– all with the highest safetyconsiderations – are all part of thedecision path these days.The benefits of integrated technology,along with the traditionalhigh power to weight ratio propertiesof fluid power, are allowing verysophisticated engineered solutions.The demands of industry onfluid power technology oftendepend on compliance in any givenjurisdiction along with local economicfactors. Certainly the drivefor product development aroundmachine safety and energy efficiencyare key trends. For example,high-speed packaging equipmentbuilders are looking to meet thenew European safety regulationswhile mobile hydraulic customerswant low weight, compact andhighly efficient systems based onthe increased cost of fuel.Safety is a critical part of anyfluid power system, not just basiclevel safeguarding but evaluationof the entire system. The goal is toidentify hidden or unexpected flawswith a safety review and incorporatebest practices, for example,redundancy within a safety circuit.The fluid power specialistrequires engineering knowledgethat involves fluid mechanics, electro-mechanics,electronics, softwareand controls.The lines between electrical,mechanical and controls technologyhave become so blurred thattraining for a career in the fluidpower is also a very importantissue and is a challenge for bothindividuals and industry to stay upto speed on the latest technology.The future for fluid powertechnology is bright as the focuswill be on building “smart” products,increased energy efficiencyand reducing the environmentalimpact.John Lamb is Chair of the Canadian FluidPower Association (www.cfpa.ca) and IndustrySegment Manager, Natural Resources atFesto Inc. (www.festo.ca).8 Design Product News • www.dpncanada.comJune/July 2013


Power Transmission FEATUREAC drive maker Vacon on growth phaseAC drives manufacturer Vacon has openeda 2100 ft 2 training facility in Stoney Creek,ON.“That is one of the major training centres forNorth America along with warehouse, sales officeand service centre,” according to Doug Backman,managing director, Vacon Canada Inc.Founded a subsidiary in the U.S. in 2007, theacquisition of TB Wood’s AC drives business in2008 also brought local manufacturing. Today,Vacon has operations in the U.S., Canada andMexico and aims to increase its market share inthe North American (NA) market.“Our business in Canada has grown on average73% CAGR from 2008 to 2012 and we haveforecasted growth of over 20% a year for the nextseveral years,” added Backman.“Due to expansion of business since my comingon board 3 years ago I have hired 3 moreDoug Backman (left), Vacon Canada managing director,and Thomas Doring (centre, front), president, Vacon NorthAmerica, with the Vacon North America management team.members to our expanding team in Canada.”According to Thomas Doring, president ofVacon subsidiaries in North America, “It’s nota question of whether Vacon is growing in theNA market. It’s a question of how fast. It’s a bigmarket and we are working hard to utilize ourpotential in the right way.”Local manufacturing is an important prerequisitefor success in NA. Moving to a new factory inChambersburg, PA, in 2009 has made it possibleto extend the range of manufactured products andexpand production capacity.“The next major step is to start productionof VACON 100 units in Chambersburg. Anotherimportant goal is to scale up cabinet assemblyoperations. We are also enhancing our sourcingand logistics operations and enlarging our applicationsoftware team,” explained Doring.A version of this article appeared in the Vacon magazine driven1/2013.www.vacon.comHigh-Performance Energy andData Transmission SystemsConductix-Wampfler has one critical mission: To provide you with energy anddata transmission systems that will keep your operations up and running24/7/365. Our rugged, low maintenance products are time tested in the mostdemanding environments. Our systems are backed by a combined worldwidesales and service network unmatched in our industry.We offer a complete line of mobile electrification products and have over 60years of experience applying these products to real-world industrial applications.If you need reliable solutions, look no further than Conductix-Wampfler.Motor Driven ReelsConductor Bar SystemsElectric & Air Supply SystemsCable ReelsConductix-Wampfler... let us help youConduct Your BusinessConductix-Wampfler | 175 Blvd JF Kennedy St. Jerome, QC J7Y 4B5Tel: (800) 667 2487 | (450) 565 9900 | Fax: (450) 432 6985 info.ca@conductix.com | www.conductix.us10 Design Product News • www.dpncanada.comJune/July 2013Amacoil_DPN_Feb.indd 12012-12-18 onductix_DPN_May.indd 8:54 AM 112-04-23 9:09 AM


Adhesives & Fasteners FEATUREBonding processes get automatedAccelerate production while lowering unit costsBy Torsten Uske and Dr. Martin KlukeThe manufacturing world is constantly lookingfor processes that can accelerate productionwhile lowering unit costs and improvingproduct reliability.Bonding processes should be capable ofsmoothly running in automated processes requiringshort cycle times. UV and other light-curingadhesives, like those developed by DELOIndustrial Adhesives, meet those criteria betterthan older adhesives and other joining solutions ina wide range of industrial applications.Without these fast-curing UV and otherlight-curing adhesives, it would not be possibleto produce mobile phones, smart cards, embeddedcameras, even shower enclosures, as weknow them.Both UV- and light-curing adhesives offertheir own advantages in different applicationscenarios. For both chemistries, it is essential toadapt the wavelength of the photoinitiator withthe wavelength of the UV light source to ensurean effective curing reaction. Light sources basedon LED technology are favored, because withtheir distinct “peak” emission spectrum, the photoinitiatorof the adhesive is designed to activatenear the peak of the LED light source.Light-curing adhesives are particularly wellsuitedfor and gaining market share in high volumeapplications where rapid curing and high reliabilityare essential, like the production of microswitchesused in the automotive industry and other sectors.In assembling snap-action switches for automotiveuse, hermetical sealing of the switch housingsand connectors is essential for withstanding variableenvironmental conditions in vehicle operations.It is often necessary to bond the housingand seal the connector pins in a single step (sealbonding).Production volumes are in the many millionsso the individual pieces must be joined ina continuous, high-speed, completely automatedDispensing and curing process of an automated productionline for snap-action switch sealing. Switches can then beused in applications such as automotive assembly.process, a job for which two-component or heatcuringadhesives and encapsulants are neitherparticularly reliable or cost-effective. The complexand high-maintenance processing systems for twocomponentadhesives work only where biggeradhesive amounts (>100 mg) are dispensed.In contrast, UV- and light-curing adhesives likeDELO-KATIOBOND are optimized for bondingautomotive parts to seal them against fluctuatingtemperatures, humidity, contaminants, pressure,and shocks. The capital and operating costs oflight-curing lamps are much lower than for thermalcuring in ovens.Light-curing adhesives are easy to dispensein automated, high-volume operations and curewithin seconds – much faster than thermal curing.Their constant viscosity and unchanging flow propertiesallow complete wetting and reliable sealingand the bond holds up exceptionally well throughyears of use.In addition, a direct 100% in-line control ofseal tightness is possible since acrylate-based, UV/light-curing adhesives like DELO-PHOTOBONDachieve final strength immediately after irradiation.Fully automated camera inspection of thebond can be done in-line by using colorants and/or fluorescent agents in the adhesive, ensuringdetection of insufficient adhesive or possible contaminationsat the connector pins.The light-curing adhesives for such an applicationboast high flexibility over a wide temperaturerange (-40° to 176°F), essential for maintaining areliable seal.Torsten Uske is president, and Dr. Martin Kluke is productmanager, DELO Industrial Adhesives LLC.www.delo-adhesives.com/us/EMPHATICALLYUNIQUEThe World of Bearings and Power TransmBALL BEARING UNITSenables us to respond rapidlyto your requests. Our manufacturingcan handle any sizeorder. Our quality controlprocedures ensure consistenttolerances and our engineeringexpertise give you a deepknowledge base to draw on.• Standard Needle BearingCam and Cam Yoke Followers• Eccentric Stud Cam Followers• Heavy Stud Cam Followers• Neverlube Cam and CamYoke FollowersXtenda TM StainlessSteel Cam and CamYoke FollowersOne of the world oldest mounted bearingmanufacturer, they are available in wide array ofsizes and styles.Spare Fuse HolderNeed somewhere to store spare fuses in your controlcabinet?Toll free: 1-866-698-1134 info@emphatec.com www.emphatec.comHi-Roller TM BearingsFor Special Environments tryCeraball Hybrid Bearing Unitsgood for up to 450° C (842° F)MONTREAL TORONTO WINNIPEG EDMONTON(514) 685-6006 (905) 826-1100 (204) 694-1455 (780) 465-3311Fax (514) 685-6007 Fax (905) 826-9691 Fax (204) 633-7230 Fax (780) 490-4664montreal@ringball.com toronto@ringball.com winnipeg@ringball.com edmonton@ringball.com12 Design Product News • www.dpncanada.comJune/July 2013Emphatec_DPN_June.indd 1Ringball_DPN_Feb.indd 12013-05-14 11:36 AM


Adhesives & Fasteners FEATUREWhen to use a fast cure adhesive (or not)Extra set up time can be crucial for engineering processesWhen performing assembly operations, itpays to be fast. Spend less time puttinga product together, and that productwill cost less to produce.This bit of conventional wisdom explains thegrowing popularity of fast cure adhesives, whichcan save significant amounts of assembly time.How much time? The fastest two-part epoxieshave fixture or handling times as low as 1 to 2minutes, while comparable conventional epoxiescould require 15 minutes or more.Fast curing one-part epoxies can fully curein minutes at 125°C, which can save an hour ormore of cure time versus conventional one-parts.Similar savings can be achieved with speedy siliconesthat set up in minutes rather than the moretypical 1 to 2 hours or more.Here’s an overview of the different types offast cure adhesives and how to tell when fasterreally isn’t better.Like their slower curing counterparts, fast cureadhesives are available in a wide range of one- andtwo-part formulations. Beyond their potential tosave handling and full cure time, each formulationhas its own set of strengths and weaknesses.In general, though, one-part fast cure adhesivesearn high marks for ease of use since theyeliminate the need for mixing and cut fixturingtime significantly. On the other side of the balancesheet, they have a more limited range ofphysical and mechanical properties than comparabletwo-part formulations. And because theirMaster Bond’s fast curing adhesives offer more than aspeed advantage. They can also be formulated for specialtyapplications. For example, Master Bond EP65HT-1 combinesfast room temperature curing with low outgassingperformance to NASA specs. It also offers superiorelectrical insulation capabilities and chemical resistance.cure reaction is exothermic, or heat generating,one-part fast cure products are not the bestchoice for many potting applications.Two-part fast cure products are also not agood fit for most potting applications, owingto their exothermic cure mechanism. Moreover,two-part products sacrifice some ease of usebecause they do require precise mixing on thefactory floor. In high production volumes, theymay not be compatible with manual mixing anddispensing methods.On the plus side, two-part products are farmore versatile and offer a broader range of propertiesthan the one-part fast cure products – thoughnot nearly as broad as standard two-part epoxies.Fast cure adhesive products do tend to triggercapital equipment costs. So their use shouldhinge on an economic decision that balances thesavings from shorter cure times against the addedexpense of higher adhesive costs. In many assemblyapplications, the economics will make sense.In others, they may not.Applications with very low production volumes,for example, may not be able to justifyhigher adhesive costs through improvements toassembly throughput. The same reasoning goes forapplications in which adhesive bonded joints arefew in number or simply don’t represent a significantbottleneck in the overall production process.The misuse of fast cure adhesives doesn’talways come down to their end-use properties. Onecommon mistake involves a failure to account foropen time needs during assembly. It’s counter-intuitive,but a fast cure can actually hinder smooth,cost-effective assembly operations if it leaves notime to position parts correctly in a fixture.Savvy engineers will intentionally pick slowercuring adhesives with longer open times whenconfronted with difficult fixturing processes. Inthese cases fixturing difficulties, not cure time,drives the cost.This article was excerpted from a Master Bond Tech Spotlight.Go to http://ow.ly/lpkBN to read the complete white paper andadhesive technical specifications.www.masterbond.comission...DISTRIBUTED IN CANADA BYShaft Collars & CouplingsBushings, Hubs & SheavesRoller, Leaf & Conveyor ChainSprocketsLinear RailSystemsSBCLinear Rail SystemBall ScrewSupport UnitsLinear BushingsCross Roller GuideRobot Carrier GuideLinear ActuatorHeat Cured EpoxyHas High Bond StrengthSupreme 3ANHT• Serviceable from -100ºF to +350ºF• Impact, shock and vibration resistant• Withstands thermal cyclingVANCOUVER(604) 294-3461Fax (604) 294-4680vancouver@ringball.comwww.ringball.com154 Hobart Street, Hackensack, NJ 07601 USA+1.201.343.8983 • main@masterbond.comwww.masterbond.comJune/July 20132013-01-25 9:01 AM 2020AS_3.125x4.75.indd 1www.dpncanada.com • Design Product News 134/9/13 9:05 PMMasterbond_DPN_JUne.indd 12013-04-19 9:21 AM


CAD Industry WatchBy Bill FaneInventor 2014 gets it all together for youJoin functionality operations combines assembly constraint and motion controlAutodesk Inventor 2014 hasintroduced a new type ofassembly constraint, as wellas a new type of motion control.Okay, I lied – the new joint functionalitydoes both at once, in onestep. Better yet, it can automaticallydetect the type of parts and featuresthat you’re connecting and automaticallyadd the appropriate connection.Have youever copied a groupof component parts inan assembly?Consider the simple example oftwo simple cubes, such as kid’s buildingblocks. Previous releases wouldhave required a mate face-to-faceconstraint and then two flush faceto-faceconstraints. In Inventor 2014(www.autodesk.com/inventor for afree trial) this can be done with asingle Rigid connection. There are sixtypes of joint. They range from Rigidto Ball, the latter giving a ball-andsocketconnection.Joints also have another differencefrom constraints. You may havea part that isn’t fully constrained soit can still move. Now you want totemporarily lock it down so it can’tmove. Joints can now be lockedso that any remaining degrees offreedom of the part are temporarilysuspended. The part itself can’tmove along any of its degrees offreedom, but it can still move as aunit with anything else to which it isconnected.The existing constraint functionsstill exist and can work co-operativelywith connections. Both typesare now referred to collectively as“relationships.”An interesting new function iscalled Free Move. No, this doesn’tmean you don’t have to pay forit. The Free Move command letsyou click on and drag an assemblycomponent. “Rubber band” linesthen show you all the relationshipsattached to the part, and hoveringon the relationship icons that appearhighlights the particular featuresthat define the relationship. A rightclickcontext menu lets you suppress,delete, or modify relationships.Free Rotate temporarily suppressesrelationships and lets youFree Rotate in Inventor 2014 temporarily suppresses relationships and lets you “3Dorbit” a part within an assembly.“3D orbit” a part within an assembly.Inventor 2014 adds Express modefunctionality to speed the opening ofvery large assemblies by a claimed4 to 6 times faster. You set thresholdparameters, and if an assemblyexceeds them then it automaticallyopens in Express mode.Have you ever copied a groupof component parts in an assembly?You don’t want the overhead of creatinga sub-assembly, all you wantis a couple of copies of somethinglike a simple bracket along with thenut and bolt that hold it in place.No problem, just copy them. Oops,problem. The copies have lost all therelationships between the componentswithin the set.Not any more. When you copy aset of components in Inventor 2014then all the internal relationships areretained. Hooray!Not unexpectedly, Inventor 2014files are not backward-compatible toearlier releases, and Inventor 2014itself isn’t compatible with earlierWindows versions; it now requiresWin 7 or later, but it is available in32-bit and 64-bit versions.Bill Fane is (bill_fane@bcit.ca) is a softwarereviewer and retired mechanical engineeringinstructor at Burnaby, BC-based BCIT.AutoCAD 2014 lets your fingers do the talkingIn this era of ribbons andicons, people often refer toAutoCAD’s “archaic” commandline method of typing incommands at the keyboard.The bottom line, however, isthat most real “power users” suchas Lynn Allen and Dave Espinoza-Aguilar still use keyboard entryof commands and options. It isby far the fastest method of runningAutoCAD, especially once youmemorize the one or two lettershortcuts for the most commoncommands.Autodesk seems to be recognizingthis fact, and the last couple ofreleases have subtly slipped in newfunctionality to help keyboard users.AutoCAD 2014 (www.autodesk.com/autocad for a free trial) takes abig step in this direction.For starters, it expands on theautocomplete feature introduced inAutoCAD 2013. It no longer justfinishes entering a command namethat you have started, but will “autobegin”as well. This means that ifyou enter the three letters PLA thenAll I did was to type CO at the command line in AutoCAD 2014.AutoCAD will offer a list containingall 31 commands that includethe three-letter sequence anywherewithin them, such as PLAn, vPLAyer,sectionPLAne, and so on. Simplyclick on the one you want and its offand running. It also has some intelligencein that as you continue to useAutoCAD 2014 it remembers yourselections and moves the choices youselect most often to the top of theoffering list.The new command-line functionalityalso includes a spel checkquer.If you fumble-finger and typeLauer, for example (note wherethe Y and U keys are on yourkeyboard), it knows you probablymeant Layer and acts accordingly.Similarly, there is now a synonymlist so that entering Contourstarts the Spline command. Thislist is user-editable, so on my copyof AutoCAD 2014 I can enterTimHorton whenever I want adoughnut.14 Design Product News • www.dpncanada.comJune/July 2013


© 2013 Siemens Product Lifecycle Management Software Inc. All rights reserved. Siemens and the Siemens logo are registered trademarks of Siemens AG. All otherlogos, trademarks or service marks used herein are the property of their respective owners.Great Decisions in ProductEngineering #137.NX CAESymposiumNov 5-6A simulation specialist tries five design alternatives before lunch…and the company exceeds sales targets before mid-year.NX CAE: Smarter decisions, better products.Sometimes, the smallest decision in product engineeringhas the greatest impact on a company’s success.NX CAE from Siemens PLM Software gives everyoneinvolved in analyzing your product’s performance thesolutions they need to efficiently model, solve and evaluateresults. The benefit: your engineering organization rapidlyexplores game-changing alternatives, makes smarter moretimely decisions—and delivers great products.Find out how NX simulation solutions can help you makethe decisions that make your product better.Learn more at siemens.com/plm/nxcae-symposium.With NX CAE, engineers can modify geometry intuitively, update simulationmodels automatically, and evaluate design changes rapidly.Answers for industry.


CAD ChronicleMulticomponent thermodynamiccalculationsThermo-Calc, software for calculationof multicomponentthermodynamics and phase diagrams,incorporates both a commandline user interface (ConsoleMode) as well as a moderngraphical user interface (GraphicalMode). There are also modulesfor specific calculations,such as Scheil-Gulliver simulationsof alloy solidification.www.thermocalc.comRhino 3DM for iOS devicesRhino has announced that users cannow view any Rhino 3DM files fromv1.0 through 5.0 on the iPad, iPadMini, iPhone and iPod Touch. Thenew app version of iRhino 3D permitsusers to browse thumbnails ofthe Rhino files on their devices, aswell as Zoom, Pan, and Rotate verylarge models quickly, even on aniPhone 3GS, the company says.www.rhino3d.com/iosRoot cause analysis ofNVH problemsLMS International has releasedRev 12 of LMS Test.Lab, its integrated testing solutionfor noise-vibration-harshness(NVH) engineering. Rev12 improves the results accuracyof Transfer Path Analysis(TPA), one of the key analysismethods in LMS Test.Lab.TPA is a technique that is commonlyused to solve vibroacousticissues.www.lmsintl.com/testlab-rev12LBP-002 (CN 4.25 X 7.25).ai 1 12/20/2011 8:34:00 AMMaple 17 offers more math,signal processing functionsMaplesoft has announced a newrelease of its flagship product,Maple 17 technical computingsoftware. Introduced is new functionalitythat can solve a wholenew class of differential equations,advancements in solvingsystems of equations, new signalprocessing tools, expanded supportfor physics, statistics and dynamicsystems.www.maplesoft.comCMYCMMYCYCMYK16 Design Product News • www.dpncanada.comJune/July 2013Eplan_DPN_June.indd 12013-06-04 3:40 PM


CAD Software FEATUREFive keys to selecting the right consultantProper guidance can help more than adding new software or staffBy Scott HalePulling out of an economictrough is always a challengefor manufacturers.We hear CEOs and businessowners across Canada sayingthey need additional capacity,but can’t hire more staff or buynew software.Don’t be discouragedbecause there’s a relativelysimple, but often overlookedanswer that when executed correctly,can pay off in big returnsover a short timeframe.Instead of hiring new staffor purchasing software, why notbuy productivity guidance froma seasoned team of professionalswho know your business andunderstand technology? We allknow that a lot of design engineeringprocesses are redundantand inefficient, often introducingroom for error. It’s the typicalscenario in which you spend25% of your time doing usefulthings and 75% of it waitingaround, performing repetitivetasks, or hunting for information.But because you have beenpart of the system for years, it’shard to recognize those areasfrom the inside.A consultant can help identifythe bottlenecks and recommendways in which processescould move more efficiently.While you may be reluctant tospend money in a downturn,a typical productivity improvementproject could result inmassive savings. In the lastsix months I’ve seen a 200%reduction in design time on oneproject and on another, a 50%reduction in time to ship.But if hiring the right consultantfor your business wasthat easy, everyone would havedone it already. So let’s explorethe five key considerations tohelp you hire the best consultingteam for your particularsituation.1. Do your best in-house todefine what you want toaccomplish. Is it reducing thetime to complete drawings?Being able to take quotationsand turn them rapidlyinto accurate product specifications?When you shareyour goals or challengeswith potential consultants,remember that a good oneshould be able to help youclarify your objectives – perhapseven pointing you inanother direction based ontheir past experience.2. The technology world movesfast and involves many differentskill sets. No singleconsultant is going to beable to know everything inthe complex world of designengineering. Look for a consultantwho works within ateam of professionals withdifferent skill sets so thatyou can leverage their scaleand breadth of knowledgewhen necessary. Are theysavvy enough to not onlyhelp you stay ahead oftoday’s technology trends,but also provide guidancefor the long-term growth ofyour company? In additionto technical expertise, askyourself whether or not theyhave worked in your industrybefore? Demonstrableindustry knowledge is animportant consideration.3. Determine if they have theproject leadership and strategicplanning skills thatare required when lookingat productivity improvement.Are they knowledgeableenough to identify newworkflows that will improveefficiency? Can they providea complete sales-to-orderperspective? Do they possessthe leadership abilitiesto guide your team to success?A good consultantwill understand both yourbusiness and the latest technologytrends that will helpyou maintain a competitiveadvantage over a period ofyears.4. It’s simple, but this step isoften overlooked. Rememberthat the sales person whowon you over will not bethe technical person you’llbe working with. Pick up thephone and talk to the technicalteam of professionalsyou’ll actually be engagedwith. And of course, speakwith references and ask themto relate their experience,whether or not they achievedtheir goals and how the consultanthelped them to getthere.5. Finally, have the consultantcreate a detailed statement ofwork that you both agree toand sign. Understand whatyour working relationshipwill look like and how theproject will roll out in termsof time frame, deliverables,budget and milestones.Scott Hale (shale@rand.com) is thedirector of Consulting Services forthe Manufacturing Solutions Groupof IMAGINiT Technologies. The teamprovides a wide range of customizedservices to meet the needs ofmanufacturing focused organizations.www.imaginit.comPEM ® ReelFast ®SMT FastenersSpeed assembly, improvequality and reduce costs.Speed assembly, improve quality andreduce costs• Designed to be mounted on printed circuitboards at the same time as other surfacemount components• Reduces risk of damage to boards• Resists vibration• Reduces handling of loose parts• Speeds assembly by eliminating secondaryoperations• Several types including panel fasteners,spacers, nuts and right angle fasteners areavailable to mount, space or attachcomponents and boards• Threads as small as #0-80/M1• RoHS Compliantwww.pemnet.com406©2013Go to www.pemnet.com and select theproduct literature tab to view PEM Bulletin K.June/July 2013www.dpncanada.com • Design Product News 17Penn_DPN_March.indd 12013-02-05 2:26 PM


Hannover Messe 2013Integrated Industry megatrend sweeps trade fairHANNOVER, GERMANY – HannoverMesse 2013, the international trade fairfor automation and manufacturing, featureda megatrend that was on display throughoutits halls. Industry 4.0, leading to IntegratedIndustry, is a technological wave that has companiesmoving towards merging their industrialprocesses and IT.At the fair’s opening speech, FriedhelmLoh, president of the German Electrical andElectronic Manufacturers’ Association (ZVEI),said, “We remember the high expectations wehad in the 1960s and 70s, when everyone wastalking about CIM – Computer-Integrated Manufacturing – as the connectinglink uniting factory automation, production planning and control.“Today we are a lot further on in technological terms, and we can rightlyspeak of the ‘fourth industrial revolution,’ otherwise known as Industry 4.0.”Siemens demonstrated its five stages for successful productcreation, including design, engineering and planning.In the videos below, our progress towardsthe goal of an Integrated Industry approach isdiscussed from many perspectives, starting withDr. Karl Tragl, Bosch Rexroth AG chairman ofthe executive board. Dr. Tragl describes how itsdedication to this approach led to its Open CoreEngineering software platform and this year’sHermes Award.Siemens has identified the five necessarystages for successful product creation – design,planning, engineering, execution and servicessuch as condition monitoring – to come up withan integrated product strategy, according to JorisMyny, Siemens Canada VP of Industry Automation and Drive Technologies.Another automation product developer, Harting took the Industry 4.0approach at its booth with section that could have come out of Charley &The Chocolate Factory, linking ERP with an assembly line demo.WATCH: Executive interviews and booth tours at dpncanada.com KEYWORD – Hannover Messe 2013:Bosch wins Hermes Award forOpen Core EngineeringFesto executives boost edrives,process automationBalluff demonstrates IO-Linktechnology versatilityRittal’s RiMatrix S new datacentre visionBosch Rexroth chairman Dr. Karl Traglexplains why the company received the2013 Hermes Award for its Open CoreEngineering system that unites the worldsof PLCs and information technology.http://ow.ly/lsF3BCanadian president and CEO ThomasLichtenberger and chairman of themanagement board of Festo AG, Dr.Eberhard Veit, weigh in on topics such asedrives and process automation.http://ow.ly/lsIvVStephan Langer from Balluff demonstratesthe versatile IO-Link factory automationplatform that goes beyond the company’straditional sensor business into areas suchas connectivity and industrial networking.http://ow.ly/lsIWJRittal’s Wolfram Eberhardt explains thequick commissioning benefits and energyefficiencies of the RiMatrix S modular datacentre system by offering a standardizedapproach.http://ow.ly/lsJH0DELO anaerobics bondelectromotors’ rotor, shaftHarting Industrial 4.0 – fromfront office to factory floorSEW-Eurodrive powertransmission for all sectorsSiemens demos the five stagesfor successful product creationSales director Christian Walther of DELOIndustrial Adhesives explains the bondingof a rotor onto a shaft in electromotormanufacturing using a new generationof anaerobic/light-curing adhesives thatprovide easy application control.http://ow.ly/lsK8SPeter Feldmann, Business DevelopmentAutoID at Harting IT Systems Integration,demonstrates his company’s approach toIndustry 4.0 with chocolate candy assemblyline demonstration tied into an MRP frontoffice application.http://ow.ly/lsKM4Anthony Peluso, newly appointed vicepresident of SEW-Eurodrive Co. of CanadaLtd., describes the company’s broad lineof drives, gears, motors and controls forapplications in natural resources, packagingand food & beverage sectors.http://ow.ly/lsOpoJoris Myny of Siemens Canada outlineshow Siemens provides the technology forthe 5 necessary stages to successfully createproducts: design, planning, engineering,execution and services such as conditionmonitoring.http://ow.ly/lsPj0More information,literature and more at:MotorsAutomationMachinesTransformersScan this QR Codewith your smartphoneto visit our website.New W22 Line of MotorsCFW 11 Variable Frequency Driveswww.pamensky.cominfo@pamensky.com1 877 PAMENSKY (726-3675)18 Pamensky_DPN_Feb.indd Design Product News 1 • www.dpncanada.com12-01-19 June/July 9:16 2013 AM


Adhesives & Fasteners PRODUCTSRings make 360º contactwith the grooveSpiral retaining rings from RotorClip for installation in housings andshafts can either be single or multiturn,depending on the applicationrequirements. Multi-turn, spiralwoundretaining rings consist oftwo or more turns of in-house rolledflat wire material with roundededges. The material is coiled on edgeto provide a gapless ring with 360ºof retention. Spiral rings offer spacesavings in a radial direction sincethere are no assembly lugs as withtapered retaining rings.www.rotorclip.comQuick clamping shaft collars in larger bore sizesRuland Manufacturing Co., Inc. has expanded its quick clamping shaft collar line to accommodatesizes up to 3 in. and 75 mm. They are designed for light duty stationary orlow-RPM applications that require quick positioning adjustments or frequent set upchanges where the use of tools is not practical. Quick clamping shaft collars are saidto slide on the shaft smoothly and have easy access to the handle, allowing them to beremoved or repositioned with little effort. When installed the handle sits flush with theoutside diameter making them suitable for rotating applications. The design features atension-adjustment screw which makes the collar compatible to shaft tolerances.www.rotoprecision.caTwo-component epoxy meets UL 94V-0 specsFeaturing a non-halogen filler, Master Bond EP21FRNS-2 epoxy passesUL 94V-0 testing for flame retardancy in potting, encapsulation and castingapplications. It is said to produce very low smoke levels and is suitablefor the computer, aerospace and related industries. The two-part epoxyfeatures a one to one mix ratio by weight and cures at room temperatureor more quickly at elevated temperatures. The epoxy’s handling is furtherfacilitated by color coding – Part A is black and Part B is off-white.www.masterbond.comSLICK?[ maybe ]SLICK?DEFINITELY.NEWSLIC Pin U.S. PatentNo. 6,872,039Foreign PatentsIssuedWith a Self-Locking Implanted Cotter, it’s a pin andcotter all in one! COST SAVING. QUICK LOCKING.SECURE. If you’re using labor intensive pins, cottersor clips, try something SLIC.BOW-TIELocking CottersWORKS LIKE A HAIR PINCOTTER BUT LOCKS ITSELF ON.U.S. Patent No.6,135,693 and D431,181RUE RINGLockingCottersSURROUNDS THE SHAFTAND LOCKS ITSELF ON.Our OriginalDesign!Nylon LanyardsNYLON TETHER IS 1/3 THECOST OF STEELLANYARDS.U-Lock StyleU.S. Patent No.5,784,760Positive Lock PinsPUSH BUTTON,DUAL BALL SECURITY.Now available withoptional T-handle.Steel LanyardsAUTOMATED ASSEMBLYMEANS WE CAN OFFERPRICING COMPETITIVE WITH IMPORTS!Numerous styles and configurations available.Precision Screw MachinedComponentsNEWBall Detent PinsWE’RE THE EXPERTS IN BALLDETENTING TECHNOLOGY!SPECIALS - Our Specialty!NON-THREADED FASTENER SOLUTIONS920-349-3251www.pivotpins.com800-222-2231HUSTISFORD, WI, USAJune/July 2013Tsubaki_DPN_June.indd 1www.dpncanada.com • Design Product News 192013-05-31 9:04 AM


Power Transmission PRODUCTSWashdown duty motorBaldor Electric Company has introducedthe Super White WashdownDuty motor designed for humid andmoist environments in the food andbeverage industry. The autophoreticautodeposition exterior surfacepreparation method makes thewhite epoxy finish coat of this motor5x more resistant to corrosionand chipping than previous methods.The shaft, hardware and nameplateare all 300 series stainless steel.The NEMA units are available from1 to 20 hp, 56C through 256TC.www.baldor.comSingle phase AC motor drives available up to 3 hpLovato Canada has launched the single phase AC motor drive VE1 series. Unitsare available from 0.25 to 3 hp with a built-in EMC suppressor (first environment,category C2). Features include: 200…240 Vac power supply; integratedPID, potentiometer and control panel; 0…650Hz output frequency; 8 presetspeeds with independent acceleration and deceleration time: and, built-inRS485 communication port (Modbus-RTU). The drive series also includes: V/fcurve configuration; sequencer (frequency/time cycles); 0…10 V or 0/4…20mA analog input; and, 0…10 V programmable analog output; setup software.www.lovato.caOffset couplings have zero maintenance bearingsZero-Max “Schmidt” offset couplings now feature needle bearings with internalmicro-poly lubrication that do not require periodic maintenance. Thecouplings transmit constant angular velocity and torque in a wide range ofparallel shaft misalignments. Units are designed to handle parallel offset up to17 in. and are available with torque capacities up to 459,000 in. lb. With applicationsfor high quality printing, embossing, paper converting, pharmaceuticalmanufacturing, and automated assembly systems, the couplings are said toprovide the utmost in precision without maintenance on parallel offset shafts.www.zero-max.comGear reducers and servo couplingsGAM Gear, a manufacturer of gear reducers,servo couplings, and linear mounting productshas released its 102-page 2013 GAMcatalog. A product selection guide helps usersfind the right product based on technicalspecification, configuration, or feature. Theonline catalog is interactive with over 16,000products that can be configured to user specificationsand then downloaded in popular2D/3D CAD formats.www.gamweb.com/literature.htmlSpring-engaged brakes with high thermaldissipation capacityNexen Group has introduced the FMBS line of flange-mounted, springengagedsafety brakes with high thermal capacity for NEMA C-Facemotors and gear reducers. The brakes are available intwo models that provide torque from 1080 to 1800in. lb and burnished torque from 1300 to 2160in. lb, with release pressures of 55 and 90 psiand a maximum pressure of 120 psi. Bothmodels feature a top speed of 1800 rpms andzero backlash input.www.nexengroup.comTwin-wheel caster withbolt-on directional lockThe Revvo Caster Company has introducedthe 2H series twin-wheelcasters that feature a secure bolton,four-station directional lockthat converts swivel casters intofixed casters for straight-line travel.Designed for power towing up to16 kph, the casters combine the differentialaction of dual wheels witha narrow footprint to facilitateease of turning. Three wheel sizesof 125 mm, 150 and 200 mm withload capacities ranging from 720to 1500 kg are offered.www.revvocaster.com20 Design Product News • www.dpncanada.comJune/July 2013JWWinco_DPN_Feb.indd 12013-01-22 9:15 AM


Switches PRODUCTSWireless non-contact switchHoneywell has expandedits Limitless Wireless Solutionsportfolio with theintroduction of its LimitlessNon-Contact SwitchWLS series. The seriesuses non-contact technology,enabling the deviceto actuate based onthe presence or absenceof magnets installed on a customer’sdevice. The battery-operated switchallows customers to choose eithertop sensing or side sensing.http://sensing.honeywell.com/Interlock safety switchesAutomationDirect has expanded its line of safety products with additional tongue interlockand cable-pull safety switches. Tongue operated safety interlock switches are designedto fit to the leading edge of sliding, hinged or lift-off machine guards and provide a tamperresistant actuator mechanism for position interlock detection on moving guards. Modelsprovide ½-in. NPT openings, and are available with or without reset button; units with ane-stop button, as well as red/green LED (24 Vdc or 110 Vac) versions.www.automationdirect.com/safety-switchesHOT OFF THE PRESS!Chartwell Automation is pleased to announce their partnership withSwitch radiates white ringSchurter has expanded its MSMseries metal pushbutton switch toinclude a version with white ringand point illumination. Color optionsinclude red, green, yellowand blue. The 24 V series also expandsits range of integrated resistoroptions to include 5 and 12 Vversions. Construction includes astainless steel housing and actuator,with a micro switch snapped intothe housing. Housings are availablein 19, 22 and 30 mm mounting diameters.Switching voltage ratingsrange from 5 Vdc to 250 Vac andcurrent ratings from 0.1 to 10 A.www.schurterinc.com/new_switchesMiniature switchesin variety of stylesThe LB series, a line of 16 mm miniatureswitches from IDEC, hasexpanded to include illuminatedselectors, lever selectors, dome pilotlights, lever switches and buzzermodels. Projecting only 2 mmwhen flush-mounted on a panel, theswitches are said to provide a sleek,updated look suitable for applicationsrequiring a hygienic surface.All LB switches are UL recognized,TUV approved, CSA certified andCE marked, as well as provide anIP65 degree of protection.www.idec.com/switchesTHE SHAPE OF PERFORMANCE∙ Multipole Industrial Rectangular Connectors∙ Innovative high quality products designed for harsh duty applications∙ -40°C to +125°C, IP68 rated∙ 30+ years experience selling connector and connectivity solutions∙ Products approved∙ Stocked in CanadaT: 905-513-7100 | Toll free: (877) 513- PROX (7769) | Fax: (905) 513-7101 | chartwell.caJune/July 2013Chartwell.indd 1www.dpncanada.com • Design Product News 212013-06-06 2:35 PM

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