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Latest Product Launches From Mencom To Igus

Latest Product Launches From Mencom To igus

Maxim Integrated: Trinamic 3-Phase MOSFET Gate Driver

Maxim Integrated_ Trinamic 3-Phase MOSFET Gate Driver

Maxim Integrated_ Trinamic 3-Phase MOSFET Gate Driver

The fully integrated TMC6140-LA 3-phase MOSFET gate driver simplifies design and maximises the battery life of brushless direct current (DC) motor drives. It integrates all three bottom shunt amplifiers to provide a complete motor drive solution with 30 percent improved power efficiency while simplifying design by reducing the component count by half when compared to similar solutions.

The TMC6140-LA is optimised for performance over a wide voltage range, making it well-suited for servo motors, brushless motors and permanent magnet synchronous motors.

Hybrid Electric Marine Propulsion System

Shaped to externally resemble an aviation jet, through an integrated electric motor it sucks the water from the front and pushes it from the bow side to propel the boat. The energy for the electric motor is supplied by batteries that can be recharged on board by the FPT Industrial N67 570 EVO engine, coupled with a state-of-the-art variable generator, or by the charging station when the boat is in harbour mode.

The new Hybrid Electric system is designed to maximize efficiency, silence, application modularity and flexibility. With the same amount of energy, the DeepSpeed Jet generates more thrust and speed compared to a prop system, while consuming less.

Integrated Electric Axle

Delivering high performance (840 kW), outstanding efficiency and full sustainability, the e-axle for HCVs was jointly developed for the BEV version of the Nikola Tre truck. With a range of up to 560 km (350 miles) and dynamic performance, the Nikola Tre BEV truck will be an important step forward in making zero-emissions transportation possible for heavy-duty commercial trucking. FPT Industrial, IVECO and Nikola have adopted a modular approach in developing their electric offering, which is unique in the industry.

The Nikola Tre platform will be capable of using either battery-electric technology or hydrogen-powered fuel cell technology. With this approach, the partners are taking the long view, bringing both technologies on stream now to pursue BEV and FCEV in their offering in the next few years.

Mencom’s IP68 Enclosures Series

Mencom offers a range of IP68 series rectangular enclosures that provide the highest level of protection against dust and complete continuous submersion in water. These IP68 series enclosures have also successfully passed the tests required for the IPX6 degree of protection (tightness to powerful water jets) and for the IPX9 degree of protection (high pressure and temperature water jets). Therefore, their official overall protection rating is IP66/IP68/IP69.

The IP68 enclosure series is larger than the standard enclosures, providing more space for easier cable management, and the walls are thicker to provide more mechanical robustness.

Mitsubishi Electric’s New Graphic Operation Terminals 

Mitsubishi Electric has launched two new additional Graphic Operation Terminals (GOTs) to its GOT SIMPLE Series lineup. The 10-inch and 7-inch widescreen models, which support virtual network computing (VNC), can be used as VNC servers enabling remote access from offices or other remote locations field engineers may find themselves.

This feature will help meet customers’ needs for improved work efficiencies when performing monitoring and maintenance in factories, buildings, utilities and other automation applications.

Mitutoyo America Introduces MCOSMOS Version 5.0


Mitutoyo America Corporation recently announced the release of MCOSMOS Version 5.0, the newest version of their advanced metrology suite for Coordinate Measuring Machines. This software offers support in thirty-seven separate locations and in twelve different languages.

What distinguishes MCOSMOS v.5 from its predecessor are the upgrades to its interface, functions, and performance. Most noticeable from launch is the new and simplified graphical user interface: The updates made to this are not only visually pleasing but also assist in improving the user experience, no matter their level of knowledge working with the tool. These changes include easy-to-use “ribbons” and a much-requested search function, assisting operators in finding specific sections of their measuring process for detailed reports.

PTG HOLROYD Rotor Grinding Machine


The TG range starts with the TG50E, a machine designed to precision grind components of up to 50 mm in diameter and 610 mm in length, with models offering stepped increases in capability up to the production of helical components measuring 450 mm in diameter and 2020 mm in length.  

Equally suited to prototyping, batch and volume production, TG Series machines are designed primarily for the finish grinding of helical screw components such as worm screws and rotors after they have been milled to a rough or semi-finished state. TG models offer production rates and accuracies to suit precise manufacturing strategies. Fully automated on-machine probing provides closed-loop feedback of corrections to the dresser wheel and does not require a high level of operator skill. 

QuickRobot Online Tool From igus

These robots weld, rivet, palletise and assist. In order for the small and large production to be able to work fail-safe in 24/7 operation, they need the right energy supply system to safely route the cables and hoses from axis 1 to axis 6.

For the simple design of the individual energy chain for cobots, SCARA, 4-axis robots and 6-axis robots, igus has now expanded the capabilities of its robot equipment configurator. In the online tool, users can select their robot from 418 different models from 10 manufacturers and find the optimum energy supply for axes 1 to 6.

Siemens’ Simcenter 3D 2022.1

Siemens Digital Industries Software just announced the latest update to Siemens’ Simcenter™ 3D software, part of Siemens’ Xcelerator portfolio of software and services.

The update enables engineers to tackle the complexity of product development and innovation with advanced simulation, offering new capabilities such as increased support for turbomachinery modelling, a dedicated drop test application for handheld devices, tightly integrated topology optimization with the NX Design environment, and a new acoustic solution method that is up to 10 times faster than standard methods.

WITT Safety Valves For H2 Electrolysers

The WITT safety valves AV 619 and AV 919 perfectly match the target pressure and temperature ranges of PEM and Solid Oxide electrolysers. The opening pressure can be set accurately anywhere in range 5 to 500 mbar. The operating temperature can be anywhere up to 250 deg C. For Alkaline electrolysers, the SV 805 model is ideal, with an opening pressure settable anywhere in the range 0.5 to 45 bar, with operating temperatures up to 150 deg C.

Highly precise and reliable, the valves open when the set pressure is reached and safely protect workers and sensitive equipment from overpressure. Despite their small size, the valves allow high flow rates, making them also suitable for large installations.

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Comparison Of Leak Testing Methods

Comparison Of Leak Testing Methods

Many industrial products have to be leak-tight. For example, food, cosmetics or pharmaceutical packaging, but also products such as lights in the automotive industry, electronics or plastic components.

But how can manufacturers test the leak-tightness of their products? In this interview, Geert Elie from WITT, a leading supplier of leak testing equipment, gives an overview of the possibilities and explains the advantages and disadvantages.

Geert Elie - Sales Manager - WITT-Gasetechnik GmbH & Co KG

Mr. Geert Elie – Sales Manager – WITT-Gasetechnik GmbH & Co KG

Mr. Elie, what do you recommend to customers who want to test their products for leaks?

The entry-level solution is to test in a water bath. This is a very simple, yet effective method. The test specimen is held under water and the tester watches for rising air bubbles. Very intuitive.

So it’s like patching a bicycle tube?

In principle, yes, except that the product is not inflated, but tested in a vacuum chamber.  The product inflates itself, and bubbles escape from leaks. The important thing is: You not only know that the packaging is leaking, but you also immediately recognize where. This allows weak points in the process to be detected and eliminated. It is not without reason that our LEAK-MASTER® EASY is used by so many customers.

And which products can be tested in this way?

Practically everything that has to be leak-proof. Often it is packaging, e.g. tubular bags, stand-up pouches or thermoformed trays, even vacuum packaging can be tested with the EASY. Mostly it is about meat or sausage products, salad, bread, snacks, dairy products, pet food or medical products. Even the popular coffee capsules are possible. And lights, bubble wrap or plastic parts must also be leak-tight.

So is the water bath the perfect solution?

That depends on the requirements. If it’s just a matter of checking for leaks and finding the sources of leaks, these devices are very good indeed. But of course there are limitations: Testing in water usually means I can no longer put the product on sale. In addition, the test is performed by a human tester. This places quite high demands on the personnel and may have an influence on the result. Many customers deliberately ask me for a more standardisable method.

What is your answer?

A leak test using specific test gas and sensor technology. With the LEAK-MASTER® PRO 2, we have a device that determines the leak tightness of relevant products, using CO2 sensors. Here, too, a vacuum is created in a test chamber to suck gas out of the leaking packaging. The parameters such as vacuum and measurement time are defined in advance by the customer. The test is performed automatically. At the end of the measurement, the PRO 2 displays the result by means of a rotating light signal. If the device lights up red, for example, CO2 has been detected and the product is leaking. The test is therefore completely independent of the inspector and is therefore standardised and reproducible. Of course, everything is documented digitally and the data can also be exported.

How long does such a test take, and what size of leak can I determine in this way?

The more CO2 in the packaging, the faster you can find a leak. As a rule, 8-10 seconds are often sufficient. In principle, leaks of 10 micrometers or more can be reliably detected. In other words, exactly the microleaks that cause problems for manufacturers. A major advantage of CO2 testing is also that it is non-destructive. After testing, the leak-proof packages can be put on sale without any problems. This saves waste and costs.

When should a user opt for a water bath and when for a CO2 unit?

Just to restate: Water bath devices provide the cheapest method, they’ve been proven over may years and work reliably. If I want to find out where my product is leaking, I need a water bath in any case. And if I don’t have CO2 in the product, or I have a vacuum pack, the water bath is the best option.

For more standardisation and automation, CO2 units are a good choice. This is because they do not need to be inspected by a human inspector. The result is still absolutely reliable even after the umpteenth test at the end of a long working day. Second point: You can test the leak-tightness without destroying the product. And finally, testing without water is cleaner and less complicated. Regular changing of water and cleaning are not necessary.

Ideally, I have both devices. With the CO2 device, I perform all spot checks safely and non-destructively. In the case of a leaking package, I can use the water bath to find the position of the leak and eliminate the weak spot.

But when it’s random sampling, a leaking product could still reach the customer, with its consequent loss of quality. How can this be reliably prevented?

Only a 100% inspection offers 100% certainty. So I usually need an inline solution. Here, too, machines with CO2 sensors have become well established in practice. Like our LEAK-MASTER® MAPMAX, for example, which food producers all over the world use to ensure perfect packaging and thus the quality of their products.

How does it work exactly?

As with the PRO 2, the MAPMAX receives all the packages from the packaging machine. A vacuum is created in a chamber. Sensors detect escaping CO2.

And what happens if a leak is found?

There is an alarm directly on the device. In addition, leaking packages can be physically rejected. As I said, everything is fully automatic. What’s more, it’s very fast and absolutely reliable. The MAPMAX manages up to 15 cycles per minute.

But most machines pack faster than 15 cycles per minute ?

In most cases, the MAPMAX is used to directly test whole batches or cartons. There are indeed some faster machines on the market where pressure is applied to the package via a roller. However, this method is quite coarse and only finds very large leaks. This is not fine enough for most products. In fact, testing outer packaging is the safest because the testing is done at the very end of the process. After that, the packaging is no longer touched and cannot be damaged.

So inline testing is the silver bullet of leak testing?

Whether random testing or inline is actually needed depends greatly on the product, the packaging, the process, the Best Before Date, and also the distribution channels. But in any case, inline offers the maximum certainty.

WITT-Gasetechnik is a manufacturer of gas-related equipment that meets the highest quality requirements. It began some 75 years ago with flashback arrestors for cutting and welding. Today, WITT offers a complete range of gas safety and control equipment.

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AMADA Relies On WITT Gas Mixers For Optimal Laser Cutting

AMADA Relies On WITT Gas Mixers For Optimal Laser Cutting

Laser technology has been the method of choice in sheet metal processing for many years. The laser delivers first-class cutting results regardless of the type and thickness of the material. In laser cutting, process gases play an important role in cutting quality. The desired results can only be achieved if the quality of the cutting gas remains constant. AMADA GmbH achieves optimum process results by equipping its machines with WITT gas mixers.

High-quality process gases are used for consistent, first-class cutting results. The cutting gas or a cutting gas mixture is supplied to the cutting process via a nozzle system. This shields the cutting area from negative influences from the ambient air, and also expels molten material is expelled from the cut.

AMADA prefers a mixture of nitrogen and oxygen for cutting certain materials. The nitrogen serves as a flushing gas and at the same time has the function of cooling the surroundings of the laser beam; the oxygen in turn promotes the actual cutting process.

“For the quality of the cutting image, it is extremely important to supply the laser constantly with a very pure cutting gas or a precisely dosed gas mixture. Gas mixers from WITT offer the high quality and reliability required for our applications,” explains Axel Willuhn, Product Manager Punching and Laser Technology at AMADA GmbH.

Depending on size requirements, models from the WITT KM and MG product series are used. The gas mixers work with mechanical proportional mixing valves – a process that delivers high-precision gas mixtures, has long-term stability and is extremely robust at the same time.

WITT gas mixers with this mixing principle have been used in laser technology for many years. In addition to mixers for the production of process gases, WITT also successfully supplies mixers for the production of laser gas in CO2 laser systems to this industry.



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