Production tools

May 14, 2015

Miniature data recorder

The miniature Slice data recorder can be mounted directly on the test article, so no slip rings and no telemetry are required. Slice fits on a moving or rotating part without altering test dynamics and is rugged enough for extreme test environments. For applications such as measuring torque on a drive shaft, Slice mounts directly on the shaft next to the strain gages, ensuring data quality while eliminating issues with noise, data transfer, and fixtures. Embedding Slice in the test article reduces cabling concerns.

A built-in micro-processor manages a signal conditioning and storage system that includes independent excitation sources, variable gain amplifiers, adjustable sampling rates from 10sps to 500,000sps, and adjustable anti-alias filters up to 40kHz. A 16GB direct-write flash memory can record high-sample-rate data.

Each 3-channel slice or layer is modular and weighs less than 14g, so mounting and balancing the system without altering test dynamics is simple. Slice supports bridge sensors, strain gages, IEPE sensors, voltage inputs, and temperature sensors. Designed for field testing, Slice is shock rated up to 5,000G.

Diversified Technical Systems Inc.


Design software

Sherlock Automated Design Analysis software, version 4.0, enables users to model complex printed circuit boards (PCBs) and components in detail. Features include an increased suite of finite-element analysis (FEA) integration tools, lead modeling of surface mount and thru-hole components, substrate trace modeling, shock scoring, an expanded cutout editor, and a heatsink editor.

The combination of substrate trace modeling and a deeper integration with Abaqus and ANSYS Workbench allows for rapid and detailed modeling of substrate features. Thermal/mechanical simulation teams gain insight into challenges with next-generation IC packaging, such as coreless substrates, multi-stack filled microvias, and 3D packaging.

Sherlock’s Lead Modeler and Heatsink Creator allow users to automatically specify lead structures, heatsink architecture, and attachments for all electronic parts. Those features, along with Shock Scoring, enable engineers to assess performance of electronics that are subjected to repeated shock, such as door and trunk-mount electronics in automotive applications.

DfR Solutions


Semi-automatic rotary wet-blasting system

The Model SS-10 SA uses abrasive or bead-type media for dustless blast cleaning, descaling, surface preparation, and cosmetic finishing of components that may be too damp or oily for dry blast processing.

The 60" x 70" blast cabinet is 96" tall and fabricated from non-corroding composite material. The interior of the wet-blasting chamber is lined with sheet rubber. A 50" x 50" swing door provides access to the blast enclosure on each side. On the right side, a track extension and transfer cart allows the 49" diameter rotary table to be rolled out for loading and unloading.

A pistol-grip gun at the front of the cabinet is for use in manual mode. Four wet-blast guns mounted on a horizontal oscillator are for semi-automatic mode.

A mixture of water and media comes from the 50 gal slurry hopper at the bottom of the wet-blast cabinet. Compressed air at regulated pressure is injected into the wet blast guns to disperse the liquid and accelerate the media particles.

Operation modes

  • Automatic motion of table and blast guns disabled
  • Knee switches activate wet-blast gun
  • Switch for turntable jogging to access workpiece


  • Table rotates at controlled, and adjustable speed
  • Blast guns sweep components in timed blast cycle
  • Presetting of blast angle, stand-off distance of wet-blast guns enabled

SS-10 SA in action
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Guyson Corp.


CNC turning functions

The Sinumerik Operate graphical user interface adds a program management system, plain text reading in the high-speed setting cycle, and a retraction function to support standardized turning and milling operations.

Program manager – with direct access to all connected drives, users can work simultaneously on all connected drives and their file structures. A larger number of different file formats can be displayed.

Cycle package – High-speed setting cycle has been simplified by plain text reading for a host of machining methods, supporting tool- and mold-making applications by transferring the machining tolerance. Machining methods such as roughing, pre-finishing, or finishing can be output as plain text, and the orientation tolerance can be entered.

Retraction function – When retracting a tool following an interruption machining can be continued from the point of interruption following manual recovery in JOG mode and in the swiveled machine state with Cycle800 or Traori 5-axis transformation.

Siemens Industry Inc., Motion Control Business sinumerik-operate


Wire EDM systems

The AG60L sinker EDM features high-speed and high-acceleration rigid linear motor drives, enabling even and natural flushing to improve part accuracy. Reducing EDM time by as much as 50%, the menu-driven control writes the NC code for the operator while inserting optimum cutting conditions.

The SL400Q features a high-quality design, rigid cast construction, and a ceramic work-zone. Linear motor axes drives are coupled with glass scales on the X, Y, U, and V axes to ensure precision cutting, positioning accuracy, and no backlash.

Sodick Inc.