September 3, 2021
This platform has the unique ability to hold a hefty load, although with quiet operation. To minimize the humming or chattering of most AC solenoids, we machine the contact surfaces of the laminated frame and plunger to provide an especially smooth and flush contact surface.
Our Super-T Laminates are products developed following years of engineering, research, and manufacturing experience.
This platform is available in various frame sizes with a variety of plunger and coil arrangements; consequently, this platform is ideal for most very high force AC applications.
For further information on the AC Laminate Series, contact our office to speak to a sales representative.
August 27, 2021
SoftShift solenoids have a unique construction that allows easy transition from snap action to variable positioning. Using the same power, the starting force is three to five times higher than standard solenoids at the fully de-energized position, which is advantageous for starting inertial loads or detent mechanisms and conserving electrical power.
This solenoid offers quiet operation, high power density, and also a variety of sizes. Custom engineered solutions additionally ensure that exact application requirements are met. With a life of 10 million cycles, the Soft Shift® platform is especially ideal for applications requiring closed-loop velocity and position control.
For further information on the SoftShift Series, contact our office to speak to a sales representative.
August 20, 2021
The construction of the plunger assembly provides an auxiliary flux path which consequently permits a significant increase in force.
The reliability and high performance of the low profile design also make it an ideal choice for applications in which consistent, reliable operation is critical.
For further information on the Low Profile Linear DC Solenoids, contact our office to speak to a sales representative.
August 13, 2021
Substantially faster than other solenoids, the Ultimag platform can operate in an on/off mode or proportionally, in both open and closed-loop systems.
Ultimag® actuators also offer a 45° stroke; however, the design can have a maximum stroke of 160°. For shorter strokes, you can of course use electronic or mechanical stops.
The Ultimag® Series was developed in response to application needs for higher speed and higher torque motion control components. This technology is also ideal for applications requiring high speed and high torque motion control.
For further information on the Ultimag rotary actuator, contact our office to speak to a sales representative.
August 6, 2021
When the coil is energized, the armature assembly is pulled towards the stator and rotated through an arc determined by the coining of the raceways.
Our 3 Ball Race rotaries are capable of withstanding a high G load shock without worrying about accidental actuation thanks to the uniquely designed helical raceways and tri-ball bearing setup.
Our standard design is capable of -55°C to +80°C ambient temperatures and the high-temperature design is capable of up to 200°C.
These extremely high-speed actuation devices provide very long-life operations for the most challenging applications.
For further information on the rotary solenoids series, contact our office to speak to a sales representative.
July 30, 2021
The customizable Super Tubular Actuator platform is available in various sizes in both push and pull engagement. This also makes them well-suited for lock/latch operations.
The STA Series provides high resistance to shock and vibration to withstand extreme ambient conditions. They are additionally available in magnetic latching versions.
For further information on STA technology, contact our office to speak to a sales representative.
July 23, 2021
With a single-phase coil, stator bases, and a matching rotor pole, the design allows for a stroke of up to 45 degrees.
Since BTA technology does not require full stroke actuation, this product provides a much quieter operation due to the soft, shock-free cycling, eliminating the noise associated with end-of-stroke mechanical stops. With proper controls and application damping, it is possible to achieve exceptionally low dB levels.
The BTA product family is ideal for high-speed, high throughput diverting and sorting applications that require low noise and zero downtime for maintenance.
With the BTA series running at extremely high speeds, it works best in applications that require millisecond actuation speeds.
For more information on the BTA line family, contact our office to speak to a sales representative.
July 1, 2021
Open frame solenoids are the most economical of all the solenoid types and are typically selected for applications in which extremely long life and precise positioning are not critical.
This platform consists of an open iron frame, an over-molded or taped coil, and a movable plunger in the center of the coil.
These types of solenoids are available in either alternating current (AC) or direct current (DC) versions.Read More
June 9, 2021
The continued pandemic of 2020 rocked the world — for good and bad. While we all implemented social distancing measures and new policies and procedures, we saw an unprecedented explosion of e-commerce growth.
While these shifts were projected as temporary, it’s clear that consumer behavior isn’t changing. Categories like food and beverages, along with necessities, are experiencing a permanent shift, and will continue to remain partly online for the time being, if not for good. According to Forbes, this idea is being backed by 74% of global retail and consumer brand professionals, as they project the e-commerce market to expand by one trillion dollars in the next four years.
Why? The two main reasons shopping online has become even more popular are convenience and an increased focus on personal hygiene with social distancing.
Through the demand for items like groceries, loungewear, computer desks, tech items, and other necessities, the e-commerce industry also noticed the need for intelligent technologies during the shipping, sorting, and packaging processes.
As the saying goes, if you’re not first, you’re last. This society is no stranger to quick, fast, and convenient shipping, and the continued evolution of retail proves that. Items that are considered essentials are being ordered by millennials, and are in the top growing e-commerce product categories. Now products that would normally only be purchased at a brick and mortar locations like beauty products and produce are being purchased en masse by the younger generation, making efficient delivery paramount.
With the intensified online competition, the e-commerce industry saw big plays being made to retain their existing customers and recruit new ones through loyalty programs, subscription models, promotions, and expansions of products.
Through these measures, significant players could leverage themselves with existing customers and shut out the retailers who hadn’t quite jumped on the technology bandwagon.
So, how can you buy some security to prepare for a future crisis? The bold companies that embrace new technologies and new realities — whatever they might be — are the ones who emerge as market leaders.
Taking action now is the key to preventing another surprise in the wake of another crisis. While unprecedented circumstances aren’t predictable, you can prepare your business to be resilient and sustainable.
The following recommendations are critical to consider when responding to a new reality:
Revisit your business model’s foundation and make sure it’s still valid within the new e-commerce reality. Ask yourself if the current plan is sustainable in the event of another crisis. According to Forbes when polling business executives, “[o]nly one-third said that they primarily think of digital business models when they think about digitization”. This illustrates a large gap in the merchant-customer relationship.
Do you understand how and why your (new) customers purchase the way they do? A simple, human-centered user experience is key to providing a straightforward and efficient shopping experience across devices.
By enhancing these experiences, you can take a great physical store experience and recreate a seamless digital connection online. To make this endeavor a successful one, recruiting new talent and investing in your current culture will be essential.
Do you have what it takes to move, ship, and sort inventory quickly and efficiently? Creating a customer-centric supply chain will cater to more robust product availability, faster delivery, and easier returns. This will also translate your customer needs to the supply chain process by creating value for the end consumer with every dollar spent.
If your e-commerce platform crashes at every new product availability, consider expanding capacity limits to prepare for increasing consumer flow.
Invest in advanced technology to ensure great (and automated) customer interactions via chat and recommendations.
COVID-19 has permanently reshaped e-commerce as we know, separating the winners from the rest. Prepare your business by updating your business model, customer experience track, and platforms to sustain itself through another crisis.
We produce technology in the form of solenoids that actuate and provide sources of movement. This is a pivotal part in the supply chain process, giving power and speed to material handling and sorting applications necessary to drive faster e-commerce transactions. Not only does this give companies who use our tech in their applications a competitive edge, we help drive cost efficiency by making durable equipment and reducing downtime.
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May 5, 2021
Material Handling and Robotics go hand in hand, quite literally! The inclusion of tending systems and automated robots has become quite common in the industrial sector. It works with robotics arms moving the products on and off the conveyor belts during the material handling process.
In the increasingly competitive landscape, this allows you to streamline the repetitive tasks with the utmost ease. Anything needing shifted from Point A to Point B, programmable robotics can handle.
The market for robotics in material handling is set to touch the $39 billion mark by the end of 2022. The boom is largely accredited to the vast array of functions that can be moved into the robotics sector. Material tending, part transfer, palletizing, and pick and place applications are a few of the accepted ones.
The golden question that arrives when it comes to robotics: why should you invest in it in the first place?
Automated processes allow you to do more in less time. It also helps manage the tight delivery schedules through a radical shift in managing disruptions and reducing their overall potential.
Instead of being driven by a web of wires, the technology can find efficient routes and change in line with the industries’ inventories and workforce—thus lending space for scalability and flexibility.
Robotics doesn’t replace your labor; it makes them more efficient. The automated solutions make up for employee shortages, saving both time and money in the long run.
With the tasks being repetitive in nature, the space for scrap, rework, and human error is significantly reduced. Plus, when properly programmed, the robotics deliver a higher ROI and upgraded quality.
The size and functions of the robot depend upon two factors – reach and payload. However, since reassignment allows you to capitalize on the investment, it is always prudent to over-specify these details.
While reach can be an issue depending upon the routing and handling belts, some unconventional options can never hurt. No rulebook makes a floor-mounted pedestal mandatory. You can get creative and select a wall or ceiling mount to go with your process as well.
Regarding picking and packing, you must take into consideration the speed and repeatability factors. For instance, in the case of a moving conveyor, swift actions with a sensory vision system could help with productivity and precision.
The continuous growth and innovation in software, vision, and gripper technologies have given robotics the power to facilitate material handling at all ends. The machines are now faster and sturdier to handle a significant level of payloads. Big robots operating within work cells can even handle the larger materials. This has been made possible with compact manipulators and prominently shaped grippers.
Some robots can hold and move around 3000 pounds. Automotive companies use them to pick up buses and tractor frames, transferring fully or partially assembled pieces across different lines. The robots pick the structures, flip them over, and set them back onto a carrier for further processing.
On the other hand, for smaller tasks, more intelligent networks are being built within the cell. For instance, all the low payload robots work in sync, finally passing the product to a larger lift assistant to manage the higher load capacity. Plus, smaller robots optimize floor space utilization while also giving a remarkable boost to efficiency.
For fragile parts like electronics and food products, manufacturers are employing one-kg payload delta robots with certified grippers to handle the food appropriately. Similarly, robotic food and biotech handling operations are also on the rise.
Bin Picking must be one of the most tedious ordeals of material handling. Hence, creating a fully robotic system to handle the process is nothing short of a manufacturing unit’s boon. However, it is a rather complex method and needs the manipulators to act accordingly.
The first step is to deploy three-dimensional scanners, which can guide the grippers for a better hold. The scanner builds an array of light points using a structured pattern to complete the tasks efficiently. It also eliminates the need for sensor heads on a robot.
Additionally, the robots are designed to travel on a rail, speeding up the picking and packaging processes for material handling, distribution, and manufacturing operations.
Automated bin picking is further suitable for the general industry, appliance manufacturing, plastic and metal products, and much more.
Robotics might be growing slowly in the Industry 4.0 revolution, but it’s building with an upwards line for material handling. With rapidly changing software, faster speeds, and continually improving structures, it shall be the new normal for manufacturing and warehouse units worldwide.
More and more managers now realize how to leverage robotics to increase their demand, production, and efficiency. As a growing area for innovation, it may change material handling as we know it. Warehouses that previously were only used as a distribution are now becoming equipped to also handle order fulfillment due to the uptrend in robotic technology according to Forbes.
Our BTA line of solenoids only needs milliseconds to successfully divert a package to its appropriate location with minimal effort and zero downtime. Also, with the silent operation and long life, with over 100 million actuations per solenoid, it is a perfect solution for sorting applications. We also supply a variety of open frame solenoids for the robotics industry.
For more information please contact us.