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Weighing 18g and measuring less than 13 cu. cm in volume, the Gold Twitter servo drive delivers up to 4,000w of qualitative power, has ultra-high current of 50 amp/100v and features servo capabilities and support for EtherCAT and CANopen fieldbus communication standards. The servo drive from Elmo Motion Control, Petach Tikva, Israel, is compliant with international safety and EMC standards.

By attaching tiny sensors to a moth during its pupal stage in a cocoon, the stage in which the moth undergoes metamorphosis into its winged adult stage, North Carolina State University researchers developed methods for electronically manipulating the flight muscles of moths and for monitoring the electrical signals moths use to control those muscles. The researchers say that this research opens the door to the development of remotely controlled moths, or “biobots,” for use  as “first responders.”

 

 

GF Machining Solutions has opened a state-of-the-art facility in Southern California. This “Center of Competence” is part of a brand new, 106,000-sq.-ft. Georg Fischer campus in Irvine. 

Ultrasonic additive manufacturing (UAM) is a disruptive technology that its developer says will change the way manufacturers think about making metal parts. 

 

 

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Midwest Industrial Tool Grinding Inc., Hutchinson, Minn., is a first-time finalist in two categories for the Minnesota Business 2014 Manufacturing Awards.

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QNP-L series thumbAerotech Inc. offers the QNP-L series of linear piezo nanopositioning stages that, according to the company, gives nanometer-level performance in a compact, high-stiffness package. A variety of travel and feedback options are available to fit applications ranging from microscopy to optics alignment.

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Veco USA Inc. now offers custom-manufactured microparts for medical devices that need to control air-flow rates, fit into microsensors, magnetic stirrers and other instruments.

 

 

As part of GE Research’s efforts to additively manufacture more of its products, the company has turned to a “new” technology that has been around for about 15 years.

 

 

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration installed what is reportedly the world’s smallest camera into the space agency’s Visual Inspection Poseable Invertebrate Robot (VIPIR) tool.

  

 

Miyachi Unitek Corp.’s new UB29 linear DC micro welder offers precision control for micro-miniature resistance welding, particularly for the medical, aerospace, precision electronics and automotive markets.