Sprint Electric (Arundel, England) has developed an Ethernet-based distributed control system for DC drives. The drive.web system includes graphical configuration tools that provide diagnostics and configurability of all drives on the network, either locally or remotely via the Internet. These allow for full configuration, all without the need for a PLC or supervisory computer.
Reliability Center, Inc. (RCI; Hopewell, VA) has developed the PROACTOnDemand, which allows companies to engage in process, equipment, safety, environmental, and human root cause analysis (RCA) investigations. They have produced the following video to explain how the system can be used in one particular scenario: Go to www.
Reid Supply Company (Muskegon, MI) has launched a new section on ReidSupply.com, which allows customers to quickly see the latest releases in any selected product area. According to Reid, this allows companies to better keep their productivity at its highest, as they are not wasting time to find the newest or latest products relevant to their processes.
LXE (Atlanta, GA) has announced the launch of the Tecton rugged handheld computer — the MX7 — which is a IP-65 rated tool for real-time data capture in supply chain applications. The unit’s multi-range scanning capabilities enable bar code reads from 4” to 40’, so operators can perform warehouse moves ranging from receiving, to full pallet put-aways, with the same computer.
Dorner (Hartland, WI) has developed a system to draw conveyor systems — www.dornercad.com — which is designed to save time and serve as a link to more than one million model possibilities. The new conveyor model configurator allows users to draw virtually any conveyor model in 3D, which allows users to see what their conveyors will look prior to purchase, and it allows them to change the conveyor sizes in increments as small as 1/8”.
Spirax Sarco, Inc. (Blythewood, SC) has developed a free application to assist customers in identifying the right steam tools for the job. The Steam Tools iPhone app enables quick access to the company’s Steam Tables and a Saturated Steam Pipe Sizing Tool. The tables cover the thermodynamic data for water/stream — users simply need to enter a pressure or temperature into the app, which returns the corresponding pressure or temperature, sensible heat, latent heat, total heat, or specific volume.
MTI Systems (West Springfield, MA) announces the release of the latest version of the Costimator — Version 11.0. According to the company, the new version helps make the user experience easier and more productive while improving speed and quality of results. Easier configuration is also included.
RCI (Hopewell, VA) has launched their PROACTOnDemand Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) version of its PROACT Root Cause Analysis Software application. Instant access to PROACT RCA software allows users to begin analysis instantly, and accommodates most common RCA methods. RCI supports users at every step with: An interactive “frequently asked questions” utility, along with movies, tutorials, and PDF manuals.
Industrial Press (New York, NY) has released the second edition of Benchmarking Best Practices , written by Terry Wireman. The book presents a logical, step-by-step methodology that will enable any company to conduct a cost-effective benchmarking effort. In addition, the book contains a benchmarking database from more than 100 companies and current maintenance/asset management philosophies.
Deacom, Inc. (Wayne, PA) has developed the addition of mobile access technology to the DEACOM Integrated Accounting and ERP Software System for manufacturers of all sorts. Mobile DEACOM now gives accessibility to ERP data — including sales orders, purchase orders, production jobs, and consumer relationship management — via any smartphone device.
Industrial Defender, Inc. (Foxborough, MS) announced its Host Intrusion Prevention System (HIPS), an application whitelisting-based security solution that prevents malware attacks on control system servers and end-point devices. The HIPS is ideal for environments where it is critical to avoid the high overhead of software scanning operations, as well as the administrative overload of anti-virus patch updates.
Professional Systems Associates (Panama City, FL) has developed the Process Workflow Engine (PWE) for its CMPRO software suite, which makes it easier to bring a company’s processes into the workflow of its product lifecycle management (PLM) activities. The new PWE can use conditional logic to control the workflow between steps and processes.
A new edition of “The Key to Metal Bumping” is now available from Martin Tool & Forge (Fort Worth, TX). The book has been used since its first edition, published in 1939, as a work of reference in technical schools and professional shops. By maintaining close relationships with professionals in the field, Martin Tool & Forge has developed new technologies and updates to its long-running publication.
Fluke Corporation (Everett, WA) has introduced the Fluke Manual MET/CAL software, an application for calibration professionals who need to collect, store, and report calibration data consistently and efficiently. The MET/CAL offers a database-driven solution addressing the mechanical workload by providing all the tools needed to calibrate torque gages and tools.
The VisionView operator interface Cognex Corporation (Natick, MA) is a low-cost DIN rail-mount adapter that provides direct VGA output for the VisionView application software, allowing operators to connect to any size VGA monitor without a PC. The new hardware option enables operators to connect the VisionView VGA to an Ethernet network using an RJ-45 LAN cable, and at a resolution of 640 x 480 and 800 x 480, plus XGA resolutions of 1024 x 768.
Robinson Rubber Products (Minneapolis, MN) has a new tool call the Molded Rubber Component Design Specification Checklist, which can be filled in online. A Robinson Rubber Engineer will evaluate your part requirements and provide a free, no-obligation way to investigate potential new methods to improve your product’s performance, life, weight, features, and assembly costs.
The Mechanical Engineering Tools of the Trade iPhone app from Martin Sprocket & Gear (Arlington, TX) allows for accessible power transmission information. The application includes 200 key formulas and conversions used by industrial professions, making notepads and calculators obsolete.
Voxware (Hamilton, NJ) has developed Voxware 3, a voice-recognition software suite for manufacturing facilities and warehouses. The Adaptive Voice Framework is customizable and highly flexible, according to the company, allowing customers to alter their voice control as their manufacturing assets grow from one warehouse to three, for example.
AutomationDirect (Cumming, GA) has announced that it will now offer its Think & Do programming software for the WinPLC processor for free. The Demo version can be used to create software applications with Think & Do, which can be downloaded to an unlimited number of WinPLC targets.
Keytroller, LLC (Tampa, FL) introduces a new 215 generation START-SMART keypad ignition system designed for tough conditions. No keys means no unauthorized, no untrained operators, and no “borrowing” of equipment. The START-SMART system replaces the ignition key with a sealed and potted keypad, which can also be RFID-enabled.
The MarkWare Lean Communication Software from Brady (Milwaukee, WI) can be used to quickly design professional signs, labels, and tags. The Lean Tools edition of the software helps manufacturers simplify machine setup and identify operation abnormalities through the use of visual equipment controls on gauges, oil sight tubes, drive train belts, and other machine components.
RIDGID (Orlando, FL) has launched RIDGIDConnect, an online business tool designed for service professionals to securely share and store job site information via a computer, laptop, or smart phone. The online suite can store job site photos or videos, job reports, maintenance records, customer lists, and other files needed for recordkeeping.
TECSYS, Inc. (Montreal, Canada) announces the EliteSeries 8 Visual Logistics, which enables customers to streamline putaway, picking and packing, and achieve a high order accuracy. The new version is founded on web-based technology that communicates the “what, when, where, why, and how” of plant logistics.
Stoody (St. Louis, MO) announces a new system that eliminates the need to place separate purchase orders for Stoody and other Thermadyne products. The new system will enable customers to order all Thermadyne-branded products on a single order, with the total order being applied to free freight minimums.
Deacom, Inc. (Wayne, PA) has released a new version of the DEACOM ERP Software System, which incorporates design changes to the main menu and enhancements to specific functionality. The new menu contains all the functional areas that are managed in the single system, such as purchasing, sales, inventory control, and production.