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Near-infrared technology monitors resin dosing

Researchers have developed a near-infrared optical technique for online monitoring of resin distribution during the manufacture of wood-based boards



Record growth in installed nodes as PROFINET confidence grows

The latest report from PROFIBUS and PROFINET International shows an unprecedented increase in the number of installed nodes - as confidence continues to grow in the compatibility of process automation systems



Growth continues for single-use and disposable process systems

Single-use/disposable process systems are becoming ever more popular in the face of industry demands for improved productivity and reduced costs associated with laboratory, pilot and process activities



MEMS: developers learn the lessons of the fabless chip

As product developers look to MEMS devices to enable significant new features, the technology and business of MEMS is following paths already familiar to the semiconductor industry. Tony McKie reports



Custom mixed signal ICs can be more economical than you may think

Custom chips can offer reduced power consumption, compared with a collection of standard parts. Paul Double reports



Quick-clamping shaft collars need no tools

Ruland's latest quick-release shaft clamping collars suit a wide range of applications where adjustments need to be made quickly and easily



Electric actuators are an alternative to pneumatics

Festo's new family of high-performance electric linear actuators benefit from linear motor and air bearing technologies



Rugged notebook/tablet PC Atex-certified

Getac' V100 fully rugged convertible notebook/tablet PC now benefits from higher computing performance and certification for use in explosive atmospheres



Micro Manufacturing Conference 2009

Conference intends to explore explore the full potential that micro, precision manufacturing



Latest PCB technology boosts power electronics performance

Stephan Ruhnau explains how to transmit loads of 150A@1000V with wires up to 50mm2 straight to high current PCBs



Energy-efficient motors: new standard supports market

International standard IEC 60034-30:2008 defines new energy efficiency classes for electric motors. Jon Severn looks at the standard's scope and limitations to find out whether it will really help equipment suppliers and end users



'Significant' potential for electric drives in the chemical industry

Frost and Sullivan finds market earned revenues of $147.0m in 2008 and estimates this to reach $187.6m in 2015



Polymer for compression vanes in pneumatic tools

VICTREX T-Series polymer delivers enhanced mechanical and tribological properties; helps satisfy environmental requirements



Hybrid vehicles: low-torque ball bearings

NSK Ltd claims a 50–65 per cent improvement in frictional loss compared with conventional bearings



Flame-retardant material for rapid manufacturing

Duraform FR 100 plastic is a new flame-retardant material from 3D Systems for the direct production of components by laser sintering



Product lifecycle management: IBM and Siemens team up

Siemens is delivering ready-to-use systems based on its Teamcenter PLM software portfolio and IBM's Product Development Integration Framework



Autodesk

Autodesk Inventor software products include an intuitive parametric design environment for developing initial concept sketches and kinematic models of parts and assemblies.



Ball bearings: cut friction by up to 65 per cent

Designed specifically for use in hybrid vehicles such as the Toyota Prius, NSK's low-friction ball bearings reduce frictional losses by 50 to 65 per cent



Chinese projects focus on the economics of heat recovery

Despite the worldwide global down turn, industrial investment is still growing in China. Among the beneficiaries of this are companies that supply heat recovery systems



Embedded system is suitable for high-speed, real-time vision

A new NI EVS-1464RT Embedded Vision System from National Instruments uses a multicore processor to deliver exceptional performance in industrial environments



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