Laser alignment

RailQ Runway Survey from Konecranes is a laser alignment survey technology designed for overhead lifting equipment runways. RailQ combines laser survey techniques with specific software to measure straightness, rail-to-rail elevation and rail span.

RailQ uses proprietary visualization technology and a remote-controlled robot trolley, which runs along the rail to collect data through Bluetooth technology and transfer the data to a total station to determine tracking issues and misalignments—critical problems that can lead to accelerated wear, higher costs and even crane failure. RailQ inspection methods verify the geometry of the crane structure and components, identifying problems resulting from geometric deficiencies.

Call: 937-525-5676.

Visit: www.konecranes.com.

Roller pinion system

Nexen’s Roller Pinion System (RPS) offers linear positioning with zero backlash for high-precision motion control applications. The RPS features a roller pinion and toothed rack combination. The pinion is comprised of bearing-supported rollers that engage a unique tooth profile. Each tooth profile is measured to ensure high positional accuracy and eliminate cumulative error.

The racks are available in standard 1m and 0.5m cut lengths but can be customized to certain lengths. The system is designed for automation applications in the aerospace, robotics, machine tool, automotive and medical industries.

Call: 651-484-5900.

Visit: www.nexengroup.com.


SABIC’s Ultem polyetherimide foam is designed for composite aircraft structures. Ultem resin’s low-moisture absorption helps address two major aircraft OEM challenges: reducing weight for fuel conservation and emissions reduction, and lowering systems costs while delivering equal or better performance than traditional materials.

Ultem foam is available in three densities and is manufactured as boards for use in skin-core-skin composite structures. Low-moisture absorption is combined with flame-smoke-toxicity and dielectric for acoustic and thermal performance. Applications include luggage bins, galleys and lower wall panels.

Call: 413-448-7795.

Visit: www.sabic-ip.com.

RFID tags

Uson has built an electronic label system with standard and custom components tailored to application requirements. It is designed for quality engineers seeking the highest standards of lean manufacturing for leak-proof products. The custom elements of radio frequency identification (RFID) tags streamline parts processing and help manage test data while cutting overall production cost.

An RFID chip residing on a test part can store: serial number, part number, lot number, the build plant or production line, date of manufacture, expiration date, part size, shape and color, leak detection test parameters, results such as pressure, leak rate and flow rate, and other recorded test measurements such as length, weight or torque.

Business manufacturing products that are leak tested can create smart linking to end-user consumers with RFID tags. This ensures the supply chain gets each customer the product with correct specifications.

Call: 281-671-2000.

Visit: www.uson.com.


Methods Machine Tools has announced computer-aided design (CAD) auto-align and auto-pass/fail software tools for the VisionGauge digital optical comparator system. The tools allow users to compare a part to its CAD data in real time. The tools are designed for medical device, aerospace, automotive and general machining industries.

The auto-align tool allows users to line the CAD drawing up to the part along one or multiple datums, or it can perform an overall "best fit" alignment. The auto pass/fail tool determines in real time if a part is within tolerance. The auto pass/fail tool can be point-based or consider complete geometric entities, performing both simultaneously on the same part.

Call: 978-443-5388.

Visit: www.methodsmachine.com.


Kistler has introduced the K-Beam series of high-sensitivity, low-noise micro electromechanical-systems (MEMS) capacitive accelerometers. The K-Beam series is designed to support single-axis and triaxial measurement requirements within automotive, aerospace, civil engineering, original equipment manufacturing and laboratory test applications, particularly those in which the use of an instrument-grade accelerometer for high-precision, low-frequency measurements is required.

The K-Beam accelerometers are offered in ranges from �2 g to �200 g and with frequency response from direct current to 1,000 Hz. Accelerometers are available in four different models of either single axis or triaxial versions and incorporate a MEMS variable capacitance sensing element, consisting of a small inertial mass and flexure element sandwiched between two parallel plates. All units offer thermal stability and reliability over an operating temperature range of -65°F to +250°F, with 6,000 g pk shock survivability.

Call: 888-547-8537.

Visit: www.kistler.com.

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