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Novotechnik Introduces RFC4800 Series Sensors

with J1939 CANBus interface

Novotechnik, US has introduced the RFC4800 Series of touchless angle sensors measuring angular position up to 360°, revolution counter and speed—with J1939 CANBus interface in addition to CANopen.

Features include programmable zero point offset, measurement averaging and sign of rotational direction. RFC4800 Series has a resolution of 14-bits across 360°, repeatability of 0.36° and independent linearity of ±0.5% of full scale.

J1939 CANBus provides a different feature set than CANopen. The J1939 protocol has transfer fixed at 250 kbit/s and defines shielded twisted pair for cables. While CANopen has a range if data transfer rates allowed. J1939 has peer-to-peer or broadcast signaling and fixed messages rather than configurable. There are other differences too.

Other RFC4800 Series output interfaces include analog voltage and current, as well as digital outputs options—IO-Link, SSI, SPI, and incremental.

Single and multi-channel versions of the RFC4800 Series are available. Sensors are sealed up to IP69K and operating temperature range is -40 to +125 °C. Mean time to failure is 76 years.

For more information, visit Novotechnik website.

MB Dynamics Introduces Non-Hydraulic SMTS

MB Dynamics, Inc. has announced its non-hydraulic Steering Module Test Simulator (SMTS). The SMTS is used by automotive, autonomous, construction and off-highway vehicle OEMs and their associated steering suppliers for accurate, reliable and repeatable in-laboratory simulations of driver, road and vehicle inputs and their associated effects on steering system performance and annoying noises.

The test benches may be used to effectively detect the root causes of airborne and structure-borne noises, known as rack rattle, clatter, reversal clunk, zipper and running noises, in columns, gears, I-shafts, column EPS and rack EPS units. The system may also be used to help meet both objective and subjective NVH performance metrics; accurately characterize steering system sensitivity and performance; experimentally verify EPS functions; and to achieve other steering system performance goals, over a vehicle’s full warrantied service life.

A typical non-hydraulic SMTS turnkey system from MB Dynamics may include an extremely electrically and acoustically quiet rack load simulator, capable of simulating tie rod forces to 25 kN, as well as strokes from 20 mm pk-pk to 250 mm pk-pk. Also available are acoustically and electrically quiet driver simulators for inputting and controlling steering wheel position, velocity and/or torque values to columns and I-shafts from 10 Nm to 150 Nm. Multiple onboard hardware and software features of the SMTS virtually eliminate the cogging, torque and force fluctuations associated with EPS motor pole-passing. As a result, no new noises or dynamic disturbances are introduced into the test environment, and therefore no masking of the noises or NVH metrics under evaluation occurs. The incorporation of extremely quiet system components allows for greater ease of troubleshooting, identification, diagnosis, and resolution of the root causes of unwanted noise and other performance issues common to EPS, EPHS, EPAS, MDPS, and HPS steering systems. A series of PC-based dynamic controllers further incorporate supplied sensors and signal conditioning to acquire angle, displacement, force, acceleration, and torque parameters, as required for multi-axis closed-loop control. Additional options include gear fixtures, column stands, a compact mobile measurement system for Road Load Data Acquisition (RLDA); and an NVH test analysis system, for the recording and objective evaluations of noise and vibration parameters. ­ As a non-hydraulic system, the SMTS requires no oil for operation.

About MB Dynamics

Founded in 1939, the privately held, Cleveland, OH-based MB Dynamics has long distinguished itself as a total solutions provider for vibration test requirements. The company applies its vast wealth of experience in vibration testing and instrumentation to offer a truly one-of-a-kind innovative approach to customer problem-solving in automotive, aerospace, industrial, laboratory R&D, civil engineering, modal and structural testing, general test and measurement, academia, and other sectors. All solutions offered by MB Dynamics are further accompanied by the necessary hardware and software to ensure seamless integration, along with the value-added benefits of full engineering support, offered by one of the industry’s most experienced engineering teams. This expertise is made available to MB Dynamics customers locally in more than a dozen countries.

Visit www.mbdynamics.com to learn more.

Dassault, UMass Lowell Partner to Open 3DEXPERIENCE Center

WALTHAM, MA, June 22, 2018 – Dassault Systèmes and UMass Lowell, a nationally ranked public research institution located in Lowell, Massachusetts, announced they will open a digital learning center designed to let engineering students get hands-on experience in designing and creating products for the Experience Economy.

The new 3DEXPERIENCE Center, targeted to open in 2019, will provide students with access to Dassault Systèmes’ 3DEXPERIENCE platform and its design and collaboration applications, including the company’s industry-leading SOLIDWORKS CAD software. Students at the center will learn how to design products using Augmented Reality/Virtual Reality environments, how to incorporate new technologies like the Internet of Things (IoT) and Artificial Intelligence into their product designs, and how to bring their designs to life using Robotics and Additive Manufacturing/3D Printing.

The center is part of Dassault Systèmes’ strategy to partner with companies and academic institutions to create the workforce of the future. Plans for the new 3DEXPERIENCE Center at UMass Lowell were announced during the 3DEXPERIENCE Forum being held in Boston this week. This new facility expands Dassault Systèmes’ existing relationship with UMass Lowell, which currently includes membership in PERC, the Printed Electronics Research Center, as well as support for the school’s Senior Capstone Project. Dassault Systèmes will support the new 3DEXPERIENCE Center through financial contributions as well as software licenses.

“Technology is fueling a new generation of customers that demand web-connected, customizable, sustainably-produced products, and the product designers of tomorrow will need the knowledge and skills to deliver on these expectations,” said Dean Marsh, managing director, North America, Dassault Systèmes. “We’re thrilled that the students of UMass Lowell will get real-world experience with the tools and technologies that will shape the industries of tomorrow, and put them in the best position to hit the ground running on Day 1 of their careers.”

“For more than 120 years, UMass Lowell’s Francis College of Engineering has educated students for careers in key industries through excellence in academics and research, and an emphasis on hands-on, experiential learning. Incorporating new technologies like 3D design, digital simulation and 3D printing into our curriculum is essential for preparing our students for careers in the 21st century,” said Joseph Hartman, the university’s dean of engineering. “As a major educator of New England’s future business leaders, this partnership with Dassault Systèmes will help us attract the best and brightest and prepare them for success after graduation while also accelerating our efforts to meet critical workforce needs.”

For more information about, Dassault Systèmes’ 3DEXPERIENCE platform, 3D design software, 3D Digital Mock Up and Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solutions, visit www.3ds.com.

About Dassault Systèmes

Dassault Systèmes, the 3DEXPERIENCE Company, provides business and people with virtual universes to imagine sustainable innovations. Its world-leading solutions transform the way products are designed, produced, and supported. Dassault Systèmes’ collaborative solutions foster social innovation, expanding possibilities for the virtual world to improve the real world. The group brings value to over 220,000 customers of all sizes, in all industries, in more than 140 countries.

For more information, visit www.3ds.com.

Anaglyph Releases Laminate Tools v4.8

Anaglyph has released Laminate Tools version 4.8. It introduces a substantial number of new features in the design, analysis, check and mnufacture modules. A new option for ply Forming will address a longstanding user request. A new mesher for CAD import delivers better and faster results. Functions to manipulate the mesh, plies and layup have been improved. Other additions include H3D FEA results import, as well as support for Rhino v6 and Abaqus 2018. Across the board, modules have been enriched with features based almost exclusively on user input.

Laminate Tools is a stand-alone Windows application that addresses the entire geometry import-design-analysis-check-manufacture process of composites structural design. It links the various disciplines, communicates original data between all involved in the process and saves valuable team time. Laminate tools interfaces with most CAD and FEA applications, allowing for a flexible work flow. It is used by composite structures designers and stress analysts in automotive, aerospace, marine, energy and leisure.

For more information, visit Anaglyph website.

Tungaloy Updates TungCut Grooving Tool Series

Tungaloy is expanding TungCut multi-functional grooving tool series to include AH7025, a universal PVD grade and the high-performing, –DTM style chipbreaker.

TungCut incorporates a unique insert clamping mechanism to enhance insert rigidity during machining, providing long insert life and stability in a wide range of grooving applications from Swiss-type machines to CNC lathes.

AH7025 is Tungaloy’s first-choice grade for grooving applications. The grade features a high aluminum-content nano-multilayered PVD coating with strong coating adhesion to a dedicated carbide substrate to create superior fracture toughness, which ensures high efficiency and reliability in grooving steel, alloy steel, stainless steel, and heat-resistant superalloys.

Double-edged left-/right-handed insert lines are also enhanced in this expansion with AH7025 to offer stability in parting applications.

The new –DTM style chipbreaker is a multi-functional geometry, designed to create a smooth chip flow in grooving and turning. The combination of –DTM and AH7025 provides machining stability and efficiency. This expansion enhances productivity in not only grooving and turning applications but also parting-off processes.

At a Glance:

  • High Al-content nano-multilayer coating, featuring high hardness and coating-substrate adhesion providing superior resistance to wear and chipping
  • Covers a variety of materials ranging from steel, alloy steel, stainless steel, to heat-resistant superalloys
  • The new –DTM chipbreaker on double-edged inserts
  • Ideal for grooving, groove-turning, and parting-off applications
  • Total of 22 items to be added

For more information, visit Tungaloy website.

Zuken Updates E3.HarnessAnalyzer

MUNICH, Germany and WESTFORD, MA, June 22, 2018 – Zuken’s wire harness visualization and analysis software, E3.HarnessAnalyzer, has been enhanced and extended to support the latest industry standard data formats, visualize harness data in 3D, and automatically compile schematic drawings for the displayed modules.

E3.HarnessAnalyzer 2018 supports the import of industry harness data standard formats KBL, VEC and PLMXML, visualizes them in 2D and 3D, and automatically compiles schematic drawings.

With these capabilities, E3.HarnessAnalyzer enables OEMs and suppliers to open, inspect and collaborate on previously proprietary harness design data generated by different authoring tools used in the industry.

E3.HarnessAnalyzer leverages 3D coordinates from in KBL, VEC or PLMXML data and generates a dynamic 3D representation that is directly coupled to the KBL data model.

E3.HarnessAnalyzer 2018 is available for general release in June 2018, at the same time as E3.series 2018.

Barrier-free collaboration

“E3.HarnessAnalyzer has gained industry-wide recognition as a de-facto standard for the exchange of wire harness design and manufacturing information between automotive OEMs and suppliers,” says Reinhold Blank, Zuken business director automotive. “With its coverage of the latest industry standard data formats such as KBL and HCV, Zuken paves the way for barrier-free communication between OEMs and suppliers in a discipline that has been locked in by proprietary toolsets and data formats.”

E3.HarnessAnalyzer 2018 generates schematic diagrams applying user defined filter criteria. In this way, users who have no access to the original schematics data can investigate and analyze all details of a harness design.

Supporting the latest industry data formats

The range of supported import formats has been extended to include native PLMXML and DSI capabilities. In addition, E3.HarnessAnalyzer now supports the import of data in the latest VEC (Vehicle Electric Container) industry standard format, thereby enabling review and inspection capabilities for comprehensive 150% wire harness designs, including their full range of options and variants.

3D Visualization

In addition to 2D drawings, E3.HarnessAnalyzer 2018 supports the display of wire harnesses as 3D structures. The new capability is based on 3D coordinates that are specified in KBL, VEC or PLMXML structures. Leveraging these coordinates, E3.HarnessAnalyzer generates a dynamic 3D representation that is directly coupled to the KBL data model, enabling bi-directional highlighting of selected objects, as well as representation of bundle diameters based on the individual selection of KSK modules to be considered.

Schematic browsing

In addition to topological information, KBL, VEC and PLMXML data also contain connectivity information of wire harnesses and their components. Leveraging this information, E3.HarnessAnalyzer 2018 can generate schematic views applying user-defined filter criteria. The schematic is then automatically compiled in a fraction of a second. The generated diagram is fully linked to the 2D and 3D view. This capability enables users who have no access to the original schematics data to investigate and analyze details of the harness connectivity.

For more information, see www.zuken.com/harnessanalyzer.

About Zuken

Since its establishment in 1976, Zuken has been a world-leading electronic design automation (EDA) company providing software solutions that maximize the efficiency of the design and manufacturing processes for many of the largest electronics companies around the world. Today, Zuken’s product offerings include PCB design, CAE, wire harness and cable design, and engineering data management solutions.

Innovation is a way of life at Zuken. The company has more than 375 software specialists at its development centers in Japan, Europe and the US. As a result, customers benefit from the work of the largest PCB- and wiring-focused R&D teams of their kind. This driving force of innovation keeps Zuken at the forefront of technological advancement.

Allied Machine & Engineering Available on MachiningCloud

Allied Machine & Engineering is now available on MachiningCloud. Over 6,000 of Allied Machine’s holemaking products can now be found on MachiningCloud. Included in this release are the GEN3SYS, GEN3SYS XT, GEN2 T-A, Original T-A, and Structural T-A replaceable insert drilling product lines. Allied Machine & Engineering Corp. is a global manufacturer of cutting tools designed specifically for holemaking and hole finishing. MachiningCloud is a product data provider for cutting tools, CNC machines and workholding.

The Allied MachiningCloud partnership utilizes the convenience of cloud-based technology, which enables customers to optimize the way they gather information for their manufacturing operations by effortlessly searching for the cutting tool that best fits their specific application without searching through catalogs or multiple websites.

Furthermore, Allied’s customers are now able to increase productivity and achieve greater accuracy by easily downloading descriptive, usage and geometric information directly into their shop floor software, such as CAM, simulation, and tool management systems.

About Allied Machine & Engineering Corp.

Allied Machine & Engineering Corp is a manufacturer of holemaking and finishing tooling systems. Allied devotes its advanced engineering and manufacturing capabilities to create the widest selection of value-added tooling available to metal-cutting industries around the world. Their tooling solutions deliver the lowest cost-per-hole in a wide range of drilling, boring, reaming, threading, and burnishing applications.

Located in Dover, Ohio, Allied’s precision holemaking technologies provide end users worldwide with the highest level of drill performance. Precision engineering and expert application support make Allied the first and best choice for solving complex metal-cutting challenges.

For more information, visit www.alliedmachine.com.

About MachiningCloud 

MachiningCloud is dedicated to leading a digital shift within the discrete manufacturing industry to deliver a new level of operational efficiency. Cloud-based applications, resources, services, knowledge, and digital product data from the world’s leading manufacturers of cutting tools, machine tools, workholding and specialty products are providing efficiency improvements by facilitating the flow of data to and from today’s data-intensive shop-floor.

For cutting tool manufacturers and their customers, the MachiningCloud app is an Industry 4.0 solution delivering up-to-date cutting tool manufacturers’ product knowledge and data, fast-tracking cutting tool selection, CNC programming, simulation and shop floor operations. By providing data from the world’s leading suppliers, MachiningCloud eliminates the hassles of searching through printed catalogs, telephone calls and multiple websites to find optimal tooling, while also removing the burden of manually typing tooling data into CAD/CAM software.

For more information about MachiningCloud, Smart Manufacturing and Industry 4.0 solutions, please visit www.machiningcloud.com.