Editorial Director: Ryerson Polytechnical Institute electronic engineering technologist with over a decade of manufacturing experience and 20-plus years in technical publishing, is also trained in hydraulics, electro-pneumatics, bearings, mechanical CAD software, sensors, motor drives and electric motors.
Latest version of Siemens’ Femap software to increase engineering productivity
Tuesday, 26 February 2013 14:55
The latest release of Siemens’ Femap software increases engineering productivity in product development simulation and analysis due to significant enhancements in data handling and graphic performance. Version 11 (Femap 11) speeds data access by up to twenty five times and reduces memory usage by up to 80%, delivering a smaller more manageable model file.
Saving for a rainy day: Alberta faces short and long term financial challenges, despite its oil wealth
Monday, 25 February 2013 11:55
Budgeting the future on one product or resource is never, respectively, a sound business or economic policy. That appears to be happening in the province of Alberta, where the government has been budgeting based – and betting – heavily on the oil and gas sector without saving for a rainy day.
electronica 2012: Harting demos Push-Pull connectors suitable for harsh environments
Sunday, 24 February 2013 14:29
Harting Electronics director of sales and marketing Hartmuth Schmidt demonstrates the company's range of Push-Pull connectors are suitable for harsh environments. At electronica 2012 in Munich, Germany, a variety of the products provide the linkage in a fibre optic system that include immersion in a giant block of ice.
Bombardier electric technology to be tested on buses in Montreal, Germany
Monday, 18 February 2013 12:12
MONTREAL – Bombardier's electric transit Primove technology will be tested next winter on buses in Montreal, followed in early 2014 on a route in the German city of Mannheim.
Low-cost microstepping drive and accessories
Monday, 18 February 2013 11:26
AutomationDirect’s SureStep line of motion control products now includes a low cost of entry digital stepper drive in a compact package. The standard stepper drive operates with high-speed pulse input signals (Step and Direction, or jumper-selectable CW/CCW step) and has a selectable resolution range of 200 to 20,000 steps per revolution. Additional features include a switch-selectable automatic self test, digital filters to prevent position error from electrical noise on command signals, and optically isolated I/O. The unit’s switch-selectable microstep emulation feature provides smoother, more reliable motion in full and half-step modes. Operated with a 24 to 65 Vdc power supply, this microstepping drive has a running output current of 0.5 to 7.5 A.