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September 2010

Machine Optimization Through DC Motor Selection

POSTED: 09/21/2010

Selecting the right DC motor is an important aspect of optimizing medical machine performance.   There are so many motors on the market today, from heavy-duty AC motors to tiny DC brushless and stepper motors. To use any of the motors users must have a full understanding of the

Intensity-Modulated Radiosurgery System

POSTED: 09/21/2010

Engages a shape-shifting multi-leaf collimator to focus radiation on tumors while protecting surrounding healthy tissue in sensitive areas of the body.   The problem can be a matter of life and death to the patient. Until a few years ago, head and

December 2009

Mini Pan/Tilt for HD Cameras

POSTED: 12/22/2009

With digital television fast approaching, camera manufacturers are flooding the market with new, lightweight units, but few companies are providing the professional equipment that goes with the upcoming change.  Up until 2006, the only broadcast-use professional motorized Pan/Tilts in the market were very heavy. This is because the equipment

Portable Ultrasound Probe System

POSTED: 12/22/2009

Plug-and-play probe connects to any computer’s USB port for instant ultrasound use.  The Ultrasound Probe System developed by Interson (Pleasanton, CA) delivers all the capabilities of a standard ultrasound probe but without the six-figure price tag. The device does not require the dedicated detection and display hardware that the

Surgical Simulators

POSTED: 12/22/2009

Surgical simulators that impart the actual feeling of performing surgery provide obvious training benefits. Here’s how one company helps clinicians perfect the practice.  Immersion Medical (Gaithersburg, MD) designs and manufactures surgical simulators. Similar in idea to that of flight simulators for pilots, a surgical simulator allows a medical student

Precision Guided Parachutes

POSTED: 12/22/2009

Used to deliver critical cargo, these unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) provide unprecedented accuracies in flight.  The Onyx guided parachute designed and manufactured by Atair Aerospace (NY) is an autonomous precision airdrop system. Each system fulfills the precision airdrop requirements under the U.S. Army's Joint Precision Airdrop System (JPADS) program,

October 2009

Fronius Cold Metal Transfer - A Welding System For the Most Demanding Applications

POSTED: 10/07/2009

Fronius ushered in a new era in automated and robot-assisted GMAW (gas metal arc welding) technology with the introduction of the CMT (Cold Metal Transfer) process. Since then the innovative process, with its revolutionary reversing wire-feed unit, has been winning new applications, year after year, in the most varied sectors

April 2009

Reducing Carbon Footprint with the Right Vacuum System

by Josef Karbassi, PIAB Global Manager Automotive

POSTED: 04/29/2009

Introduction Today, carbon dioxide (CO2) is considered to be the largest environmental threat to our world by most researchers. Heightened levels of carbon dioxidein the atmosphere lead to global warming, which in the long run can jeopardize our future on this planet.

Cost Savings, Reduced Risk and the Safe System Approach for Packaging

by Jason Ayers

POSTED: 04/08/2009

Today’s packaging machines are extremely complex and contain several fast moving components that create hazardous conditions for machine operators. With this in mind, we in the engineering community must design and build these systems with safety as our primary goal. Safety, however, can be an extremely

March 2009

Automating a Confectionery Packaging machine

POSTED: 03/31/2009

Quick, but gentle   Chocolate products place heavy demands on packaging machine manufacturers. Speed and flexibility need to be combined with gentle handling. The Italian

July 2008

Advances in Robotic Finishing

by Mary Kay Morel, Staff Writer/Editor

POSTED: 07/23/2008

Manufacturers looking to improve painting operations for parts of all sizes and shapes are turning to advanced robotic technology to increase finishing quality, consistency and throughput, while dramatically lowering operating costs and decreasing wasted material and hazardous environments for human workers.  Easy to install and program, robots are fast, reliable

Safety and Open, Real-time Industrial Ethernet Achievable With SafetyNET p

POSTED: 07/07/2008

Today, Ethernet is the worldwide standard in office communication. Not only is it used to network PCs and peripheral devices within the office, but also for communications between distributed servers or for the Internet and intranets. Annual growth for the use of Ethernet-compatible devices has been in double figures for


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