hyperMill 2018.2 CAM software includes enhancements for 3D milling and roughing. Automatic face extension, used during CAM programming, automatically extends selected milling surfaces, eliminating manual CAD work and improving corner cuts. Modules also support conical barrel cutters in addition to general and tangential cutters.
Programming ease and flexibility in defining special tools improve in 3D Optimized Roughing as the system recognizes and accounts for free tool geometries. Software can define different allowances and adapt the machining process accordingly. High-feed cutters have a special, easy-to-define cutting geometry, and hyperMill uses the free geometries of the cutting tool edge for calculation, simulation, and collision checking.
The Synthis T6 selective-compliance assembly robot arm (SCARA) installs in minutes and eliminates space-constraint issues. The T6 is designed for pick-and-place, assembly, parts handling, and dispensing applications in the automotive, medical development, lab automation, consumer electronics, electronic components, and industrial fields. The integrated design includes a built-in controller housed in the robot base and 100V or 220V power for end-of-arm tooling. It does not require an encoder battery, minimizing factory downtime for maintenance. The T6 expands T-series lineup to include payloads of up to 6kg, up to 600mm reach, and the ability to handle multiple tools.
An upgraded family of analog rotary controllers for position control offer improved accuracy, faster dynamic response, new programming options, and accept a wider range of supply voltages.
The analog encoders are programmable with measurement characteristics, customizable to application requirements. Programming can be carried out at the factory, in a distributor’s warehouse, or at the customer’s job site, using the UBIFAST programming tool.
Programmable characteristics include direction of rotation (clockwise or counter-clockwise), zero set, and encoder output range. Measurement range programming allows voltage or current to be set to match a user-defined range of mechanical motion.
The LT7 Lasertube machine, capable of 3D cutting, features a 3kW fiber laser that provides a broad working range for round, square, or rectangular sections up to 6" diameter. Special sections and open profiles can also be processed.
Loading chains are extracted from the rear standard bundle loader, providing flexibility to load a single bar or open section. The loading and unloading systems adapt to accommodate short and long parts with tube supports throughout the process.
At the end of each production batch, the LT7 automatically configures itself for the next batch for quick changes in production and higher productivity – swapping between round, square, special, and open profiles without manual adjustments. The machine’s mechanical rigidity allows high levels of acceleration without compromising accuracy.
The Vortex Dynamic Filter (VDF) cyclone filter removes sludge and impurities from machine tool coolant without using paper filters. When installed on a CNC lathe or machining center, the VDF can filter particulates as small as 10µm from lubricants, removing about 95% of potential contaminants.
Nearly doubling coolant life leads to higher machine uptime, and eliminating paper filters sheds a consumables cost and reduces time spent changing filters. For machinists using magnetic filtration, the VDF can collect non-magnetic particles such as grind wheel abrasives and aluminum swarf.
The system, available in various configurations, includes the cyclone filter, a self-priming pump, filter stand, and interconnecting piping with options for manual or automatic sludge cleanout.
Jacobs Taper Rigid ER collet chucks use premium, through-hardened steel, precision ground to provide 0.0002" or better total indicator reading (TIR). Available with Jacobs taper #1, #2, #33, and #4, the holders are primarily used in drilling. Compatible with standard Jacobs taper spindles, they accept standard ER collets. The chucks are available in an ER16, ER20, ER32, and specials.
Several LMS 4.0 apps support advanced Industry 4.0, Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) connectivity.
Production Schedule App (PSA) – Manages production orders, processes; production orders can include part types, quantity, delivery date; processes orders statically by sequence or dynamically by delivery date
Part Tracking App (PTA) – Logs part tracking data in assembly line; loads program data as workpieces enter cells; adapt, configure data structure with Microsoft Excel template; define workpiece lists
Production Monitoring App (PMA) – Records production, operating data; determines, visualizes system availabilities, downtimes; detects system weaknesses, optimizes production
Predictive Planned Maintenance App (PMA) – Intelligent maintenance planning, generates maintenance logs (under development); self-learning system registers station wear curves, plans maintenance to reduce downtime
Info Board App – Displays machine data, operating states on mobile devices, computers, connected televisions; supports remote monitoring
The TCB503HQ 4-channel power amplifier for car audio resists power surges, improving reliability. It supports 6V operations suitable for vehicles equipped with start-stop engine technology, suppressing popping sounds that occur when power voltage fluctuates.
A built-in filter improves resistance to extraneous high-frequency noise and prevents generation of abnormal noise. A clip-detection signal controls the volume and tone control circuit, improving sound quality.
Advanced adaptive driving beam (AADB) headlights leave high beams turned on all the time in connection with advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS). Existing adaptive driving beam (ADB) technology keeps high beams on but blocks portions of the high-beam light that is directed at the car in front. Many ADAS systems use cameras for detection, so higher light output improves performance by better identifying road signs and potential hazards.
However, ADB cannot always respond to rapid movements of other vehicles, such as vehicles overtaking from behind and vehicles making quick turns. By combining camera, radar, navigation system, and steering-angle sensor data, AADB technology offers a higher level of precise light control. AADB collects information on lanes and assesses information on vehicles overtaking from blind spots, road-condition information, and curvature data on curves.
The stAK50h unsealed connection system delivers signal and Ethernet connectivity in automotive body electronics, safety and driver assist systems, and infotainment devices and modules.
Eliminating the need for two connection systems for signal and Ethernet optimizes space and design flexibility. The USCAR-2-compliant system expedites validation time for Tier 1 automotive manufacturers making design changes and launching new vehicle models. The stackable header design eliminates custom tooling, engineering, and validation time.
With through-hole style unsealed headers and hybrid connectors, the single- to multi-bay stAK50h system meets industry-standard footprints based on 0.50mm, 1.20mm, and 2.80mm terminal sizes. The hybrid system is available with 12- to 56-circuit receptacles and can be used in applications ranging from low-current signal (5A) to high-power applications (30A).
Headers and receptacles are color-matched for quick identification and easy assembly. The connector position assurance (CPA) latching feature prevents accidental disengagement.
Thermoelectric module (TEM) producer Ferrotec is expanding its automotive offerings, targeting electric and autonomous vehicle applications. Specific applications of Ferrotec-TEM technology include cooling systems for computer systems and electronics without autonomous cars and cooling laser devices for light detection and ranging (LiDAR) systems favored in autonomous modules.
“Ferrotec has a 36% share of the global thermoelectric module market,” says Takayuki Hachida, general manager of TEM sales. “We expect our thermoelectric modules to find wide ranging applications in the automobiles sector.”
Ferrotec thermoelectric modules offer control to less than 0.1°C. TEMs consist of plate-like semiconductor Peltier-effect devices – passing electric currents between two different metals, sandwiching bismuth telluride semiconductor plates, to move heat between junctions.
Self-driving shuttles begin service in Columbus, Ohio
Low-speed shuttles operated by Ann Arbor, Michigan-based May Mobility began service in Columbus, Ohio. Vehicles began testing routes throughout September, October, and November and were set to begin accepting passengers in December.
The all-electric vehicle is set to move passengers along the downtown Scioto Mile loop. The vehicles will have a panoramic glass roof and a four-seat inward-facing configuration for passengers to sit in the rear of the vehicle.
An operator will oversee the operation of the vehicle and can take control of the vehicle at any time, if necessary.
“Cities are seeking cost-effective transportation services that will improve congestion in urban cores, and self-driving shuttles can offer a huge relief,” says Edwin Olson, founder and CEO of May Mobility.
The downtown shuttle is the first of a three-phased deployment that will be managed through the public/private partnership and will eventually include shuttles deployed to multiple routes. May Mobility, state, and local transportation groups are calling the service a research project to test the possibilities of automated services. The project will evaluate the abilities of the technology to operate on public roadways in Ohio in all weather conditions and will help the project partners better understand the infrastructure required to implement and support autonomous driving.
The iNAND AT EU312 EFT automotive embedded UFS flash drive (EFD) supports advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) and autonomous vehicles. Based on the established UFS 2.1 interface, it delivers high capacities and up to 2.5x the performance of e.MMC-based products, while maintaining automotive-grade quality and reliability.
Connected vehicles require fast and reliable data storage in increasingly higher capacities to support the vast amounts of data being generated, analyzed, and accessed by digital cluster, infotainment, 3D map and navigation, telematics, ADAS applications, and augmented reality. The EU312 EFD operates in vehicle-to-everything (V2X) environments that are constantly generating and streaming data for real-time and off-line data analytics.