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Tool changer eliminates the need for multiple robots

Staubli is introducing the MPS 32 automatic tool changing system that enables one robot to perform multiple tasks within a production cell



Connectors: for space, medicine and test and measurement applications

Serge Buechli looks at how connectors are used for high-tech applications in markets such as medicine, test and measurement and broadcast



Sheathed thermocouple is 'smallest in the world'

Okazaki Manufacturing Company says that at 0.08mm diameter, its new sheathed thermocouple is the smallest available in the world



Bearing design reduces performance variability

Tight-tolerance tilt pad journal bearings provide increased stability in high speed turbomachinery equipment. Dr Kenneth R Bischof reports



Actuation design evolves for potentially explosive areas

Michael Herbstritt looks at the evolving design of actuators and describes how its modular actuation technology has been adopted by a leading manifold manufacturer



ROV utilisation for varied subsea grouting operations

R S Miles and H W Lee have for more than 25 years involved with working with ROV operators and designing systems to execute subsea grouting projects using the ROV as a method of executing the service of injecting grout into a specific location or area



World's first multimedia processor development kit for I.MX25

TX-STAR measures just 67.6 x 26 x 3.5mm (2.6” x 1” x 0.09”) and contains a 400MHz i.MX25 processor coupled with 64MB SDRAM, 128MB NAND flash memory and a 200-pin SODIMM connector



Variable speed drives: the ecological payback

Study demonstrates how long drives of various sizes need to be used before they begin making a positive contribution to the environment



Sonar surveys play key role in South Australia port development

Tom Hiller reports on how wide swath bathymetric sonars are being used for regular hydrographic port surveys



Magnets offer alternative to mechanical gears

Magnetic components are the norm in electric motors and non-contact drive couplings, but new developments could see magnets taking the place of mechanical gears in power transmission systems



International standard supports the market for energy-efficient motors

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



The first shrink-fit riser flanges

Riser intended to be used for drilling high-pressure, high-temperature wells from a jackup rig equipped with a surface blowout preventer



Top five dominate process level measurement device supplies

The market for level measurement devices remains robust as manufacturers continue to launch new instruments and drive new projects forwards. Sean Ottewell reports



GPS receiver module meets automotive requirements

A new GPS receiver module from Vincotech is designed for reliability, quality, long-term availability and ease of inspection



Submerged tidal turbine goes with the flow on green energy

Compact oil immersed hydraulic brake units are enabling renewable energy turbines to make the most of energy production from sub sea tidal flows



Design, developing and integrating engineering solutions

John Goddard looks at the work and engineering solutions available from Active Technologies Design Consultancy



Electroactive polymer actuators feature microstructured surface

For more than 50 years the potential for electroactive polymers to be used as artificial muscles has been appreciated, but it is only now that commercialisation appears feasible. Alistair Rae reports on a new development in electroactive polymer actuators



Modularisation - a key driver to power plant efficiency

Mikko Juopperi reports on how an operational way to deliver plants has high impact on total costs



Recycled plastics offer commercial and environmental benefits

Manufacturers of products incorporating plastics are finding recycled materials increasingly attractive, both for economic and marketing reasons. Alistair Rae looks at the options available and the latest developments in recycled post-consumer plastic waste



How clean is your steam? How to ensure the correct process grade

Steam is the most energy efficient, reliable, clean and sterile form of transferring heat. Its flexible characteristics provide endless possibilities to cook, sterilise, humidify, dry and generally heat thousands of applications in countless industries around the globe. Rob Stanley reports



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