Author: Rich Novicky

Kubotek Releases KeyCreator 2017 V15, Announces openBoM Partnership

MARLBOROUGH, Mass.— The latest release of Kubotek’s flagship CAD software, KeyCreator 2017, is reported to provide enhanced user control of several key surface modeling functions and significant performance improvements of drawing layout instance updating and resizing. KeyCreator 2017 V15 also includes customer-driven options for offsetting linear dimension text and settings for section view and file preview images, the company said in a press release. The surface modeling enhancements in KeyCreator 2017 V15 come directly from expanded use of the proprietary New Technology geometric modeling kernel under development by Kubotek over the last nine years, Kubotek reported. KeyCreator also continues use of the 3D ACIS Modeler kernel from Spatial Corp. as the primary solids/surface modeling function set and database. Geometry generated using the Rail Sweep, Multi-profile Sweep, and Loft functions in KeyCreator 2017 V15 is built by this New Technology and converted to ACIS for storage. “It’s exciting to see significant results of our long-term investment in modeling technology starting to reach commercial use,” said Robert Bean, chief operating officer of Kubotek USA, in a statement. “The New Technology-based surfacing enhancements in KeyCreator take full advantage of the modern 64-bit, thread-safe, multi-threaded processing architecture.” An integration with new solution partner openBoM allows KeyCreator 2017 V15 users to manage bills of materials (BOMs) by linking part and assembly property data and preview images in their CAD files in a collaborative cloud...

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CAD Model Repair Offers Quick Correction of Non-Manufacturable Conditions

WESTMINSTER, Colo.—A new feature in TransMagic Inc.’s suite of tools for CAD model repair is reported to help manufacturers save time and money by detecting and correcting non-manifold (non-manufacturable) conditions and helping customers to verify manufacturability. TransMagic, a provider of 3D geometry translation, repair, and comparison tools for CAD, CAM, and CAE systems, said in a press release that the new feature can help prevent costly delays in time to market. “Non-Manifold Detect & Correct is a quick way to ensure that a part is ready for manufacturing, regardless of its complexity,” said Craig Dennis, CTO of TransMagic, in a statement. “Using TransMagic, the process is simple. The entire CAD assembly, with all of its parts, can be analyzed with the click of a single button. This feature is particularly helpful for vetting models received from external sources. After detection and visualization of the problem, TransMagic can automatically correct these conditions with another click of a button.” A non-manifold condition typically becomes an issue when 3D CAD models are passed from one organization to another, as when a tier 2 automotive supplier passes a design to a tier 3 supplier for manufacturing. The more complex that a part is, the more likely that a non-manifold condition will arise. The model may appear sound to the tier 2 supplier in the native CAD system, yet when the tier 3 company...

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TeamViewer, KUNBUS Partner to Make Factories Smarter Through Intelligent Machinery Management

TAMPA, Fla.—TeamViewer, a provider of global software for digital networking and collaboration, has announced its partnership with KUNBUS, a Linux-based industrial controller. The partnership will enable remote access functionalities on KUNBUS Revolution Pi (RevPi), an open, modular industrial PC based on the established Raspberry Pi Compute Module. KUNBUS RevPi Core enables engineering organizations to upgrade aged machineries in factories, making them smarter and enabling them to connect to the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). KUNBUS RevPi Core will integrate with TeamViewer’s remote support software, providing users with secure capabilities to remotely access, control, and maintain the connected machines. This will enhance the continuous and reliable communication between different industrial networks and systems, arming operators and gateway managers with accurate information to act quickly when issues arise. “Previously, our customers were restricted in the way they could access the web server UI of KUNBUS RevPi Core, limiting their ability to innovate business models, improve maintenance of existing machinery, and benefit from new revenue streams,” said Dr. Volker de Haas, project manager of Revolution Pi at KUNBUS GmbH, in a press release. “Now, they have easy access to manage and maintain machines remotely, ensuring they are working properly and efficiently. We are excited to partner with TeamViewer and look forward to new ways we can innovate and enhance the way we manage our machineries.” TeamViewer (www.teamviewer.us) reported that it will provide...

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IronCAD Integration Adds Kinematic and Dynamic Motion Simulation Capabilities

ATLANTA, Ga.—The CAD software developer IronCAD recently announced an integration with Design Simulation Technologies’ SimWise Motion, a kinematic and dynamic motion simulation program. According to a release from IronCAD, the SimWise Motion Design Extension for IronCAD takes a design made up of assemblies of moving parts and simulates its kinematic and dynamic motion with a single click, allowing users to evaluate its functional performance. (www.ironcad.com/design-extensions/simwisemotion) SimWise’s 3D kinematic and dynamic motion simulations are said to closely reflect real-word functionality, allowing engineers to answer fundamental questions such as “Does it work? Will it break?” and “How can it be made better?” Knowing the answer to these questions early in the design cycle allows engineers to make critical changes without going through the expensive and time-consuming steps of building a physical prototype, testing it, and redesigning it. SimWise Motion supports motors, actuators, gravity, and realistic contact between bodies. It also supports springs, friction, damping, and other generated forces, as needed. Once applied, SimWise Motion calculates several types of results that can be used to verify the operation of a design. The animations are said to deliver the visual feedback that engineers need in order to understand if their designs will work properly, along with accurate, physics-based engineering data associated with the movement of an assembly. Result vectors and plots of displacement, velocity, acceleration, and forces give engineers the numerical information they...

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Outdoor Shoe Brand Selects Centric Software PLM to Support Rapid Growth

CAMPBELL, Calif.—KEEN, Inc. the Portland, Oregon-based manufacturer and retailer of shoes, sandals, boots, bags, and apparel, has selected Centric Software for product lifecycle management (PLM), the company announced recently. Centric Software is PLM software for fashion, retail, footwear, luxury, outdoor, and consumer goods companies. KEEN’s first product, the Newport sandal, appeared on shelves almost 15 years ago. The company has since expanded to a range of outdoor, work, kids, and adventure wear, from bags to work boots to children’s shoes. KEEN sells its products through its own branded retail and online stores, as well as via a network of global retail partners and distributors. The company prides itself on its values of quality, integrity, health, caring, and pioneering, and reflects these in its commitment to environmental causes. KEEN reported that its fast growth prompted it to look for a system to lend structure and improve efficiency during this period of expansion. As Hari Perumal, KEEN’s vice president, global technical operations, explained, the time was right for change. “We have grown pretty dramatically since 2003,” Perumal said in a press release. “Because we manufacture, source, and distribute on a global scale, we deal with a lot of complexity. Our design and development teams are spread across multiple regions to be in tune with consumer tastes and expectations in different markets as diverse as Japan, Europe, and Canada. We have been running the...

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Acrylic-based, Nonwoven Tape Makes Medical Devices More Wearable, Company Says

ST. PAUL, Minn.—If a patient’s heart-rate monitor keeps falling off, it begs the question “Isn’t there a better way to make it stick?” And when considering adhesive science and the challenges of a substrate like skin, design engineers know that adherence to skin is trickier than one might think. 3M, a company that makes products like Post-it® Notes, structural adhesives that hold airplanes together, and advanced medical adhesives that can hold for up to two weeks, believes it has the answer. 3M’s Medical Materials and Technologies business  recently added  3M™ 4076 Extended Wear Medical Tape to its portfolio, giving medical device manufacturers and engineers a long-term wear, acrylic-based adhesive designed to increase patient comfort and provide a strong and reliable bond in challenging applications. The non-sensitizing, conformable adhesive was developed for long-term wear, providing a bond that is firm yet comfortable, so patients may not even realize that they are wearing a device. This allows engineers and manufacturers to focus solely on the design and application of their device, according to 3M (3M.com/MedTech). “Sticking to skin presents a major challenge to the medical device industry,” said Diana Eitzman, Ph.D., director of agile commercialization, 3M Critical and Chronic Care Solutions Division, in a statement. “By equipping our customers with the latest adhesive technology, we’re giving them the power to solve their toughest design challenges and positively impact patients’ lives globally.”...

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Cambridge Security Seals Awarded Patent for Innovative Manufacturing Design

New York manufacturer reports a high-efficiency breakthrough in the design and manufacturing of an injection mold POMONA, N.Y.—Cambridge Security Seals (CSS), an American manufacturer of tamper-evident and loss prevention security seals, recently announced that it was issued a patent (U.S. Patent No. 9,178,228) by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for its innovative design of an injection mold and the mold manufacturing process. Among other advantages, the mold design enables a quick-change method for manufacturing different products by accommodating highly efficient transitions between variable dimensions, strengths, markings, and other features. “Since its founding, Cambridge Security Seals has focused on achieving its vision of a continuously improving, customer-centric American manufacturing company,” said Elisha Tropper, the company’s CEO, in a press release. “This patent reinforces our longstanding dedication to innovation of products and processes to provide tangible benefits to our clientele and employees.” Cambridge Security Seals manufactures a wide variety of security seals in its New York headquarters and production facility. According to Brian Lyle, the company’s president, the patented process “enables CSS to offer a wider variety of customizable features while reducing costs and lead times.” Founded in 2010, Cambridge Security Seals continues to invest heavily in research and development, and was ranked by Inc. magazine as one of the fastest growing private companies in America. The company reported that it has had “substantial year-over-year growth,” which Lyle said is...

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Rescale Collaborates With UI Labs to Enable Next-Generation Design for Aerospace

SAN FRANCISCO and CHICAGO—A recently announced collaboration between Rescale and UI LABS is aimed at increasing efficiency and driving down costs in the design-to-manufacturing process across the supply chain. San Francisco-based Rescale is the developer of a platform that enables companies to run high performance computing and simulations in the cloud. UI LABS, based in Chicago, is an innovation accelerator determined to transform industries using digital technologies. Rescale (www.rescale.com) will offer its cloud-based simulation tools within the Digital Manufacturing Commons (DMC), UI LABS’ open-source online platform for connecting original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and their suppliers. By integrating with the DMC, Rescale will enable users to simulate the physical performance of parts and run what-if scenarios and optimizations to meet specified goals. Aerospace OEMs design and manufacture systems that incorporate thousands of supplied parts to make a highly-complex overall system. All of these manufactured parts have specified design tolerances, or amounts that a dimension can vary, which lead to performance variation. Collectively, the performance variations of multiple parts can impact the robustness of the whole system. To minimize potential problems, many parts may be designed with a higher tolerance, which increases the per-unit manufacturing cost. Not all design features are critical to performance, and this over-engineering may significantly increase cost for the complete system. To create a fully optimized system, OEMs are looking to build a more collaborative and innovative...

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ZGlue Selects ASE as Strategic Manufacturing Partner to Accelerate IoT Market Development

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.—The IoT-focused startup zGlue, which emerged from stealth mode in early August, recently announced that it has selected Advanced Semiconductor Engineering, Inc. (ASE), a major provider of semiconductor manufacturing services in assembly and test, as its strategic manufacturing partner. ZGlue (www.zglue.com) reported that it is “the first semiconductor/SaaS (software as a service) company to deliver a breakthrough chip and system design methodology for the Internet of Things (IoT) era.” The company said that it “provides access to industry-standard IoT building blocks for design and manufacturing of innovative IoT products with 10X better integration, low cost, system flexibility, minimal risk, and fast time to market.” Advanced Semiconductor Engineering is a key manufacturing partner for the zGlue Integrated Platform (ZiP), which is said to enable fully customized products for the high-growth consumer and high-volume industrial IoT markets by providing seamless integration of both hardware and software in a modular 3D IC-based platform. The company provides multiple options for assembling zGlue-certified chiplets, which are automatically interconnected through zGlue Smart Fabric™, a silicon interposer platform, onto the ZiP hardware to rapidly create an IoT system. “ASE is committed to supporting innovative technologies and companies that add value to the semiconductor and advanced packaging industries,” said Mike Hung, senior vice president, ASE, in a press release. “zGlue has demonstrated an innovative way of addressing important pain points for this space. We are...

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U.S. Reshoring: A Collaborative Challenge

North America’s $137 billion metalforming industry is driven by the production of myriad precision metal products using stamping, fabricating, spinning, slide forming, and roll forming technologies, as well as vital value-added processes. In recent decades, approximately 3-to-4 million U.S. manufacturing jobs were lost to offshoring.

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Baxter Expands Alabama Manufacturing Plant

Medical device company Baxter recently marked the completion of a $270 million expansion project that more than doubled the size of its production facility in Opelika, Alabama. The expansion brings the total current size of the Opelika facility to 400,000 square feet, roughly the size of seven football fields. Three years ago, Baxter broke ground on the project that added four production lines and 230,000 square feet to the facility. According to company officials, before the project’s launch in 2014, a total of 170 people worked in Baxter’s Opelika plant. This expansion will more than double that number to more than 350. “This expansion more than doubles both the physical size and number of employees in Baxter’s Opelika facility, allowing us to increase the production of life-sustaining dialyzers we produce for patients with end-stage renal disease,” said Baxter Opelika Plant Manager Rosalyn Rivera-Valentin said. “The investment in both the facility and in our people only helps to strengthen our local economy,” Mayor Gary Fuller said. “We are excited to continue our relationship with an organization that is leading the way in life-saving technologies for kidney patients.” This report, republished with permission of Halcyon Business Publications, Inc., originally appeared on August 30, 2017, in Area Development Online:...

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Kosmo Machine Expands Operations in Henrico County, Virginia

Kosmo Machine Inc., a full service precision machine shop, will invest $1 million in new equipment to increase production capacity at its manufacturing operation in Henrico County, Virginia. The expansion is expected to create 36 new jobs. “We are proud to announce our recent AS9100-D Aerospace and Defense quality system certification,” said Kosmo Machine Vice President of Sales and Marketing Pat Smook. “Expanding into these markets makes for exciting times as we build our workforce. Anyone can buy a building and fill it with machines, but our history has established our employees as the ones who make us successful. We recognize that leading edge training will be a win / win for our employees, Kosmo Machine, and the Commonwealth of Virginia.” Virginia Economic Development Partnership will support Kosmo Machine’s new job creation through its Virginia Jobs Investment Program. The company was founded in 1976 and manufactures precision components for a variety of industries, including electric power generation, chemical and fibers, electric motor components, and shipbuilding. It specializes in computer numerical control milling and turning, electrical discharge machining, and custom welding processes, as well as ISO 9001:2015 certified Quality Management System. “Kosmo Machine has been a deep-rooted part of the Central Virginia business community for 40 years, and I am pleased to announce they will continue to invest and grow their workforce here in the Commonwealth.” said Governor Terry McAuliffe....

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Romeo Power Closes $30 Million Seed Financing; Ramps Battery Pack Production for EVs and Stationary Storage

VERNON, Calif.—Romeo Power recently closed $30 million in seed financing while working to complete the installation of a fully automated 113,000 square-foot manufacturing facility near downtown Los Angeles. The energy storage technology company, founded by engineers and designers from SpaceX, Tesla, Apple, Amazon, and Samsung, produces lithium-ion battery packs for electric vehicle (EV) and stationary storage applications at the facility. Romeo Power’s modular battery packs—comprised of cylindrical lithium-ion cells—can be used in cars, power sport vehicles, motorcycles, trucks, buses, and forklifts. Using the same advanced battery pack design, the company’s stationary energy storage for businesses, PowerStack™, harvests and stores electricity from the grid during off-peak hours for energy arbitrage, cost savings, and use during peak times or outages. Romeo Power (https://romeopower.com) reported that since commencing sales in 2017, the company has seen $65 million in initial orders scheduled for delivery in 2018. Current contracts and design agreements for the company are reported to span U.S. and European automakers; manufacturers of motorcycles and forklifts; industrial players, such as Power Designers; and robotics companies, including Robotic Assistance Devices. “We’ve seen incredible momentum in a short period, and we’re scaling manufacturing as fast as we can to meet demand,” said Michael Patterson, Romeo Power founder and CEO, in a press release. “There’s a massive market opportunity for energy storage technologies.” The EV market alone is expected to reach $32 billion by 2020....

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LG Electronics Plans Major Vehicle Components Factory in Hazel Park, Michigan

LG Electronics Inc. (www.lg.com) plans to establish a United States factory for advanced electric vehicle components in Hazel Park, Michigan. The 250,000-square-foot facility, in the Detroit suburb, will produce EV components starting in 2018. The project will mean at least 292 new Michigan jobs, including factory workers in Hazel Park and engineers at the expanded LG R&D Center in Troy, Michigan. Ken Chang, LG Electronics USA senior vice president and head of the LG Vehicle Components North American Business Center, said, “LG’s initiative to develop and produce world-class EV components in the United States represents a key pillar of our strategy to be the best technology partner to U.S. automakers.” Representing an LG investment of about $25 million, the project is supported by a $2.9 million capital grant under the Michigan Business Development Program over the next four years, as announced by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. LG also will receive hiring and training assistance from the state, including MI Works support in cooperation with local community colleges, and from the cities of Hazel Park and Troy. “When leading global companies like LG invest in Michigan and create hundreds of good, high-paying jobs here, it speaks volumes about the strong business and mobility climate in the state today,” Governor Rick Snyder said. “LG’s great technological advancements and our outstanding workforce will help pave the way for the vehicles of...

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Foster Introduces Antimicrobial Master Batches for Medical Device Polymers

PUTNAM, Conn.—Foster Corporation, a developer of polymers for healthcare markets, has introduced its Combat™ antimicrobial master batches for blending with medical device polymers. The company reported that components made with these antimicrobial polymer blends kill harmful bacteria that lead to infections, including methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and carbapenem-resistant enterobacteriaceae (CRE). According to a survey by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), 4 percent of inpatients in U.S. acute care hospitals contract at least one healthcare associated infection. Device associated infections accounted for one in every four infections.  In-dwelling devices, such as central venous catheters, are particularly susceptible to bacteria colonization, which can enter the blood stream.  Increasingly, medical device companies are evaluating antimicrobial additives for plastics to kill harmful bacteria on the surface of device components. Ionic silver is highly successful at killing bacteria and preventing colonization, and additives based on this chemistry are commonly melt blended directly into medical polymers for the manufacture of antimicrobial device components.  However, evaluation of multiple custom compound formulations can be costly.  Combat master batches, made from Sciessent’s Agion™ ionic silver technology, are reported to provide an economical way for customers to evaluate several antimicrobial filler loadings in their device components by dry blending different ratios. “Combat master batches are available in quantities as low as two pounds to minimize costs for initial evaluations,” said Larry Johnson, executive vice president for Foster Corporation...

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Pixelligent Technologies Awarded Grant Funding of $2.15 Million

BALTIMORE, Md.—Pixelligent Technologies, a manufacturer of nanocomposite advanced materials, has been awarded grant funding totaling a combined $2.15 million from the U.S. Department of Energy SBIR program and the U.S. Department of Defense STTR program.  The funding will be used to accelerate and further develop a diverse range of applications leveraging Pixelligent’s core PixClear® nanocomposite technology. “The grants from the Department of Energy will help to extend our technology leadership in OLED lighting applications,” said Gregory Cooper, PhD, CTO, and founder of Pixelligent Technologies, in a statement. “These SBIR Phase I and Phase IIB grants will allow Pixelligent to further extend our OLED light extraction materials to enable next generation flexible OLED lighting applications. The STTR Phase II grant from the Department of Defense will support our continued collaboration with the University of Pennsylvania and Argonne National Laboratory to further the development of PixClear—enabled gear oils for improving the lifetime and energy efficiency of gear boxes and drive trains.” “These are highly competitive programs and these awards point to the broad applicability of our materials, which can deliver unparalleled efficiency gains in applications ranging from OLED technology to lubricant additives,” said Craig Bandes, president and CEO of Pixelligent, in a statement. In a press release, Pixelligent stated that through grant awards and private funding, it “has emerged as one of the only companies that has developed a truly disruptive...

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Joint Product Development Effort to Target Advanced Materials Markets

TORONTO (Canada)—Great Lakes Graphite Inc. recently announced that it has initiated a joint product development effort with NanoSpire, Inc. of Portland, Maine, to target advanced materials markets with a variety of high value carbon products. Great Lakes Graphite reported that NanoSpire has developed the next generation of particle sizing technology based on its patented technology, which “harnesses cavitation microjets to resize virtually any material into particles as small as a few nanometers.” “We believe there are a number of competitive advantages that accrue to us through this partnership,” said Great Lakes Graphite CEO Paul Gorman, in a company release. “NanoSpire’s unique technology holds the potential to deliver greater process accuracies and efficiencies, as well as innovating entirely new products. We believe there will be tremendous value in the ability to consistently produce high quality carbon materials in volume, within a tight size range at the nanometer scale.” NanoSpire, Inc. is an IP holding company founded in January 2002 to commercialize a new generation of cavitation re-entrant, jet-based tools and processes. The company, which won the prestigious Innovation Technology Award at the Nanotech 2003 + Future Conference in Tokyo, focuses its business and technology on the harnessing of high speed liquid cavitation re-entrant microjets. Mark LeClair and Serge Lebid, the principals at NanoSpire, have presented at numerous nanotechnology conferences. “We believe that our technology has the potential to deliver significant...

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Polyplastics USA Announces Headquarters Expansion in Farmington Hills, Mich.

Polyplastics USA, a global supplier of engineering thermoplastics, recently announced a significant expansion of its U.S. headquarters in Farmington Hills, Michigan. The company doubled its technical and office space, adding several new molding and testing machines, which will provide a one-stop shop to serve the technical support needs of the company’s growing customer base, Polyplastics USA reported.

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AC-DC Power Supplies Reported to Meet Medical Safety Standards

DOVER, N.J.—Polytron Devices (www.polytrondevices.com) has launched a new series of universal input AC-DC power supplies for medical applications. The MUI30 offers 85 to 264 Vac universal input range, 47 to 63 Hz input frequency, and low leakage current under 100 micro-amps, the company said in a press release. For use in applications up to 30 watts, the MUI30 offers high efficiency up to 95 percent and a wide operating temperature range of -40º to +85º C. It also integrates 2 MOPP insulation, 4000 Vac reinforced isolation, and 5,000 m operating altitude. The MUI30 is reported to meet all medical safety standards, including IEC/EN/ANSI/AAMI ES60601-1 and IEC/EN/UL 60950-1. It is available in a 2.89 x 1.50 x 1.00 inch pin-type package. Other available packages include terminal block and din...

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Keystone Introduces Metal Key-Pad Dome Switches for Harsh Environments

Keystone Electronics Corp. has introduced a line of snap action “Key-Pad” dome contacts that are specifically designed as a momentary contact for printed circuit boards, flex circuits, membrane switches, and discrete switches. The dome switches are equipped with a unique four-legged shape and are reported to offer “enhanced durability, reliability, and versatility while maintaining exceptional tactile feel for single- or double-sided printed circuit boards, flex circuits, and membrane switch panels.”

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Rectangular Connector Housings Are Said to Provide Superior Corrosion Resistance

FLORHAM PARK, N.J.—Lapp Group USA recently announced that it has introduced enhancements to its EPIC® ULTRA rectangular connector housings. The enhancements include new covers and models for the food and beverage industry “or any other application that requires electrical connectors with high levels of corrosion resistance,” the company said in a press release. One, the corrosion-resistant HA ¾ family of housing, is UL-50 Type 4, 4x and 12 rated, and IP-65 approved. Its die-cast zinc and nickel-plated surface creates a conductive shell around the housing that virtually eliminates all EMC, the company reported. The housings are available in several styles, including top and side entry hood, panel mount base, cable coupler, 90-degree surface mount base, and 90-degree panel mount base with stainless steel screws for inserts. Lapp Group USA has also rolled out its EPIC ULTRA H-B Cover for use with EPIC ULTRA bases and hoods. The durable covers are made of an FDA-approved, corrosion-resistant material and include stainless steel levers and bolts. They are available in several sizes and surface mounts, including single lever and double lever, and their blue color is said to provide excellent visibility. Lapp’s EPIC ULTRA rectangular connector housings incorporate a nickel-plated zinc housing, nickel-plated brass body, and stainless-steel hardware. Together, these corrosion-resistant materials make the connector suitable for applications that would be too harsh for traditional aluminum connectors, according to the manufacturer. These...

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A Programmable USB Type-C Switch, Designed by Manufacturing Engineers for Test Automation

BOULDER, Colo.—Acroname, a producer of embedded automation and manufacturing test platforms, recently launched its USB-C-Switch, a 4-channel, programmable, USB 3.2 multiplexing switch that is optimized for USB Type-C applications in manufacturing and development environments. According to a release from Acroname, the USB-C-Switch allows engineers to programmatically select one of 4 available USB ports to conduct hot-plug and un-plug operations, enable and disable individual ports, monitor current and voltage, and automate connector orientation flip operations. “Type-C represents a new set of challenges for test engineers,” said Acroname CEO Justin Gregg, in a press release. “In particular, the reversible plug orientation makes test automation difficult. As manufacturing test engineers ourselves, we understand that automated testing of USB Type-C functions will help our customers lower the cost of test for their next-generation products. With the USB-C-Switch, Acroname continues to advance the tools available to manufacturing engineers for USB test automation;” Advanced USB Type-C features are supported, including USB Power Delivery (USB-PD); alternate modes, such as DisplayPort and HDMI; and Apple CarPlay™ and Android™ automotive protocols. The USB-C-Switch is bi-directional, allowing it to be used in 1:4 or 4:1 configurations. Keep-alive charging is available to sustain battery-powered devices when they are not selected. “The USB-C-Switch complements Acroname’s programmable USB hub products, providing a full solution suite for customers who need to quickly and simply automate USB switching and port handling functions,” said Lance...

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Diaphragm-Operated Pressure Switches Are Designed for Tough Environments

RIVERDALE, N.J.—Sigma-Netics Inc. recently introduced two diaphragm-operated pressure switches for operation in tough environments, adding to its portfolio of rugged pressure switches. Similar products were only previously available in piston-based operations. The new 745 and 785 series of pressure switches are designed for low-pressure, high-sensitivity applications, including off-road or industrial OEM equipment, train braking systems, compactors, compressors, and fuel systems. For maximum environmental protection, the 785 model is equipped with a 2- or 3-pin Deutsch connector. Compliant with IP67 standards, both models have a temperature range of -40 to +250°Fahrenheit and are designed to thrive in tough environments containing oil, fuel, water, dust, vibration, or shock. Custom configurations are available from Sigma-Netics...

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