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Pressure Sensor

Festo’s SPAU is the new flagship machine and cell level pressure sensor, while SPAN is an all-new compact, low cost model in a 30x30mm format.

February 22, 2017  

CFPA Corner: Challenge Accepted

CFPA’s Fluid Power Challenge goes national to seek the next generation of future fluid power professionals.

January 23, 2017  

Soft robot designed to mechanically pump failing hearts

Harvard and Boston Children’s Hospital researchers developed a customizable soft robot that fits around a heart and helps it beat.

January 19, 2017  

Model-Driven Innovation in Machine Design

How virtual prototyping and dynamic load analysis can help reduce machine design costs and get to market faster.

November 28, 2016  

NASA begins constructing the world’s largest rocket

The SLS rocket was designed to support missions to the moon starting in 2018 and other deep space destinations.

September 21, 2016  

Modular Transfer and Diverter Station

Regal’s new low-noise, low-voltage MODSORT station easily integrates with new or existing material handling systems.

September 20, 2016  

Pressure Maintenance Valves

SCHUNK’s SDV-P-E valve is equipped with standard threaded connectors.

August 29, 2016  

Researchers develop an octopus-inspired 3D printed robot

A Harvard University team with expertise in 3D printing, mechanical engineering and microfluidics is hoping to revolutionize how humans interact with machines.

August 26, 2016  

Solenoid Valves

Festo’s VUVS solenoid valves are available with electrical or pneumatic activation, and AC or DC voltage.

August 15, 2016  

Rotary Module

The SCHUNK ERS rotary module offers endless rotation up to 250 rpm and can approach any intermediate positions at a repeat accuracy of 0.01°.

August 2, 2016  

Punching Above Their Weight

Small Ontario machine builder makes a virtue of being nimble.

May 24, 2016  

Tool Changers

SCHUNK’s SWS line comes in sizes to fit any industrial robot from the smallest SCARA to the largest 6 axis robot.

May 20, 2016  

Fluid Power Roundtable 2016

Canadian fluid power leaders discuss regulatory standards, the decline of the oil industry and the outlook for the fluid power.

May 18, 2016  

New hybrid hydrostatic transmission enhances robotic precision

This tele-operated system can thread needle, pick up an egg.

May 13, 2016  

Engineers design five-fingered robot hand that learns tasks on its own

Building a dexterous, five-fingered robot hand poses challenges, both in design and control.

May 10, 2016  

Parallel Grippers with T Guide

Camozzi’s Series CGPT offers double position detection and flexible installation options.

February 24, 2016  

Solenoid Valves

AutomationDirect adds compact modular valves added to NITRA line.

February 3, 2016  

Digital Pressure Switch

Bimba brand MFD pneumatics adds digital pressure switches to air prep offering.

January 27, 2016  

Top 10 Design Engineering stories of 2015

Material science, Canadian innovation and the world’s fastest man dominated headlines this year for Design Engineering magazine readers.

December 17, 2015  

Industry 4.0 train keeps rolling in Germany

Better get on board, the Industry 4.0 locomotive has left the station.

December 7, 2015  

Air Saver

Parker Unit cuts compressed air costs by 40-50 percent vs. constant flow systems.

November 23, 2015  

Valve Terminal System

B&R POWERLINK protocol links multi-vendor pneumatic terminals.

November 4, 2015  

Sensor Valve

Camozzi’s Series 3 lever-actuated sensor valves function as limit switches in control applications.

October 27, 2015  

Thoth Technology’s patented space elevator design sparks global interest

Sky high ThothX Tower design side-steps typical structural challenges of ultra tall structures.

October 22, 2015  

Spring Loaded Technology’s hydraulic knee brace turns disabled legs ‘bionic’

Halifax-based startup hopes to change human mobility with unpowered, mechanical Levitation knee brace.

October 22, 2015  

Aventics valve series employs diagonal design

The modular AV valve series from Aventics employs a diagonal spool, a flexible base plate and galvanic isolation in the power concept.

September 3, 2015  

Festo NPQH food-safe fitting made for tough environments

The NPQH fitting from Festo has been designed to withstand a range of extreme conditions, including those typically used during food production.

July 23, 2015