Colder Products (St. Paul, MN) has introduced the Mini Hybrid connector, which eliminates the need for multiple connections between remote tools and a device. For applications requiring a smaller footprint, this provides a compact, single connection point for both air and electrical lines. With a breakaway latching mechanism, the Mini Hybrid incorporates the SMC coupling platform in the fluid path, features gold-plated brass electrical contacts, and is suitable for pneumatic and low power applications.
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John Chandler on Achieving Quality Motion Control
FAULHABER MICROMO brings together the highest quality motion technologies and value-added services, together with global engineering, sourcing, and manufacturing, to deliver top quality micro motion solutions. With 34 years’ experience, John Chandler injects a key engineering perspective into all new projects and enjoys working closely with OEM customers to bring exciting new technologies to market.
Rapid prototyping technologies play an important role in supporting new product development (NPD) by companies that are working to bring novel and innovative products to market. But in advanced industries where products often make use of multiple technologies, and where meeting a part’s exacting tolerances is essential, speed without precision is rarely enough. In such advanced manufacturing—including the medical device and surgical robotics industries — the ability to produce high-precision prototypes early in the development cycle can be critical for meeting design expectations and bringing finished products to market efficiently.