ODU sets new standards for future markets

Mühldorf am Inn. ODU, an international front-runner in connector systems technology, will be present at electronica 2018 with numerous product innovations and proven all-rounders. The global trade fair for electronics component parts, systems and applications will take place in Munich from November 13 to 16. The connector specialist from Mühldorf will be setting new standards, particularly in the areas of impermeability, robustness, high density, mass interconnect, high temperatures, assembly speed and automatic docking systems.

A newcomer to the ODU-MAC® family

Since its market launch in 1986, the ODU-MAC® modular rectangular product family has become a true success story. With the ODU-MAC® RAPID, the company is now introducing a newcomer to this line, cutting assembly and service time in half thanks to a novel half-shell principle. This characteristic is complemented by multiple other intelligent features including high contact density, coding, and spindle locking along with easy adaptability to quickly changing requirements.

As a hybrid manual mating solution with spindle locking, the new ODU-MAC® Blue-Line performance class is characterized by the economical and user-friendly assembly and removal of crimp-clip contacts. A new combination module now achieves the highest packing density available on the market on a width of merely 14.4 mm. A unique selling point of the ODU-MAC® Blue-Line series is the well-established spindle locking, also available with the standard plastic housing.

ODU will also be presenting a pilot-production product from the ODU-MAC® Black-Line, the mass interconnect solution, with an innovative electromechanical locking mechanism.

In addition, the company will also be presenting a new development from the ODU DOCK Silver-Line at electronica 2018, an ideal solution for automatic docking and robotic systems. In this way, ODU will have integrated the existing ODU DOCK product line into the successful ODU-MAC® Silver-Line. The robust design, versatile application and flexible combination options, along with the quick-change head, will offer attractive benefits for ODU customers.

Visitors to the trade fair may also look forward to two additional outstanding highlights from the Bavarian innovation hotbed in Mühldorf: With its ODU-LAMTAC® HTC, the company will be introducing a new high-performance contact that excels through its maximum current-carrying capacity and temperature resistance of up to 200°C. Furthermore, the ODU DOCKING MATE self-finding contact system is setting new standards in important future markets as a brand-new development for autonomous driving and automated production.

When it comes to extreme ambient conditions, ODU’s thoroughly proven robust connector solutions are the number-one choice. ODU’s threaded connector technology is particularly suited to applications requiring a special degree of safety or in which ambient conditions including temperature, pressure or vibrations prove problematic. Thanks to its high shock and vibration resistance, shielding capacity, tightness, maximum operation, reliable transmission of high data rates and customized contact configurations, ODU guarantees reliability when it really matters.

Impermeability is among the most frequently demanded specifications in the areas of test and measurement as well as medical and industrial applications. Increasingly, this is not just about preventing water and dirt from intruding, even under high external pressure, but rather about hermetic sealing – such as for critical purity specifications, as when a vacuum must be created within a closed-off room. ODU is rising to this challenge with a new receptacle line from the ODU MINI-SNAP® series. Thanks to the glass potting, it doesn’t just meet the high demands on interfaces suitable for ultra-high vacuum conditions – ODU also enables high-performance data transmission with up to 14.4 Gbit/s.

New ODU MEDI-SNAP® applications suitable for high voltages prevent hot plugging thanks to a special pin layout design and new retarded contacts in tiny spaces of around 20 mm – in addition to reliable transmission of up to 1,000 V (AC), compliant with IEC 60664‑1. The complete mating condition can thus be characterized and a secondary deactivation be installed. Mating and demating of this high-voltage connector under load are excluded and long-term functional and operation security is guaranteed.

The IEC 60601-1 medical standard ensures even more safety in medical technology. It demands the highest contact security of medical devices and component parts to protect patients and operators from electric shock. Thanks to the integration of a dual protective measure, ODU MEDI-SNAP® solutions already comply with the new top security standard through new receptacle styles and insulating body designs.

To find out about our new products, visit ODU at electronica 2018, Hall B2, Booth 143. www.odu.de

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Motor Spindle Safety System MS³

The most common accidents involving the use of machine tools include spindle crashes. Common causes include programming errors, incorrectly defined tools, disregarded interference contours, or unintentional high-speed operation. The forces involved are so enormous that components of the motor spindle, ceramic spindle bearings, shafts, encoders, clamping system and the entire machine geometry can be affected or even completely destroyed. A case study from RWTH Aachen shows that repair costs after a crash in the amount of five-digit euro amounts are not uncommon. Collision avoidance systems for machine tools minimize damage and reduce downtime and repair costs in the event of a collision. Nevertheless, only very few machine tools have a spindle collision protection at all. This is usually based on compression elements that act like a car bumper and are completely destroyed in the event of a crash.

Although the spindle components remain intact, downtime still occurs. The motor spindle protection system MS³ from JAKOB Antriebstechnik GmbH detects collisions by means of several sensors and reports them electronically to the machine control. This can bring the feed axes of the machine tool to a halt with measures such as braking and reversing the drives. But beyond that, the motor spindle protection system can immediately interrupt the power flow at the interface between the spindle box and the motor spindle by means of 3D deflection in the event of a collision-induced overload, even before the electronic emergency stop, mechanically and energy-autonomously.

This effective combination of mechanical protection system and active electronic sensor monitoring makes the system superior to purely electronic collision avoidance systems and effectively protects the shock-sensitive components of the motor spindle from the high force peaks of the collision. The resulting kinetic energy of the crash intercepts a built-in shock absorber. The difference is made by a double flange system with built-in permanent magnets. They can guarantee the required high holding forces and rigidity. During the disengaging process, compression springs guide the motor spindle and then return it to its original position. The downtime is limited to the exchange of tools, additional external service is no longer needed. The system is energy self-sufficient, maintenance-free and adaptable to all common motor spindle geometries.

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Everyone needs them, everyone wears them

The manufacture of footwear goes back a long way in history: Even 40,000 years ago humans felt the need to protect their feet from adverse outdoor conditions. Several hundred centuries passed however, before the modern aesthetic footwear of the present was developed and consequently also manifold procedures for the manufacture of shoes. Whereas in the pre-industrial era shoes were crafted by shoemakers, today shoe manufacture is largely an industrial process. Nevertheless, the manual aspect of production is still a significant part of the process. The manufacture process is composed of three key sections: development and design, manufacture of shoe uppers and the actual shoe production. 

First, a sketch of the shoe is created, pattern pieces for the various upper parts are made and the shoe lasts are manufactured. The last is the interior profile to which the uppers are shaped and joined to the sole of the shoe. Next the various parts for the uppers are cut and glued or sewn together to create the shoe upper. The lower edges of the uppers are given a larger margin so that they can later be fixed to the inner sole of the shoe. Now the inner sole of the shoe, the insole, is made. It is the bottom part of the finished shoe, upon which the foot stands. The rest of the shoe is formed around the insole: the upper at the top and the outer sole underneath.

The shoe is moulded around the last. The uppers cover it and the insole is attached beneath it. There are several different procedures for joining the uppers with the shoe base: in industrial production, they are usually glued or sewn. So that both soles are fixed securely, some footwear manufacturers roughen the edges of the insole in order to achieve perfect adhesion. The rough surface must however, be identical along the entire length and be the same width all the way round – impossible to ensure and sustain long-term by hand. The system created by Vektor-Gruppe can remedy this. In close collaboration with the air motor specialists DEPRAG SCHULZ GMBH & CO., a robot system has been developed using a durable DEPRAG milling motor for fast and accurate results.

DEPRAG air motors for special applications are particularly suited to the sustained, precise and consistent surface roughening of inner soles. The DEPRAG milling robot 27-030 with a grinding disc is the number one choice for connection to a robot. The long-life milling motors with top running precision have a space-saving design and are powerful in high torque ranges. They are available in the power class 400 W and with a torque range of up to max. 20,000 rpm. The combination of a flexible robot arm and permanently constant speed of the air motor ensures optimal results and increased working productivity.

The air vane motors function according to a simple principle: The compressed air sets the rotors revolving in an eccentric cylinder into motion. In the rotor slits, there are vanes which are pushed outwards against the cylinder wall by the centrifugal force generated. Working chambers are created where the compressed air expands. Pressure energy changes into kinetic energy – and as a result rotation occurs.

In Russia, an innovative casual footwear manufacturer using the combination of the robot and DEPRAG milling motor is extremely impressed with the results: “In the past we always struggled with connection issues between the inner and outer soles. It can be difficult to guarantee a secure hold at every point around the sole. The milling motor with top running accuracy and robot guidance now enables perfect roughening of the surface so that shoe manufacture is continuingly optimised”. 

Whether individual drive solutions or standard motors, DEPRAG has the perfect solution for almost every application: For uncritical production conditions where for example, a robust cast iron housing is sufficient, the BASIC LINE air motor is recommended. This motor series provides customers with a wide spectrum of choice from which individual applications can be developed and manufactured following the modular principle. The series is available in the power classes 200 W, 400 W, 600 W, 900 W and 1.2 kW with a wide speed range. All BASIC LINE air motors are equipped with a spline shaft.

For more demanding specifications, such as use in a cleanroom in the food or pharmaceutical industries, the manufacturer offers the ADVANCED LINE product series of stainless steel motors featuring sealed, unlubricated, non-corrosive air vane motors. These sophisticated air motors are particularly space-saving and are the optimal solution for integration into handheld machines or systems. Their power range extends from 20 W to 1.2 kW, from small speeds to fast runners. The ADVANCED LINE vane motor is ATEX certified, reversible and even available with an integrated holding brake.

The manufacturer also has the high-power range covered with their versatile product line POWER LINE offering a large power spectrum from 1.6 to 18 kW. POWER LINE air motors reach high starting torques with an unrivalled low power-to-weight ratio in comparison with electric motors.

DEPRAG’s range of air motors is rounded off by their INDIVIDUAL LINE motor series. The pneumatic drives of the INDIVIDUAL LINE which are characterised by their low-cost, individual large-scale production. The standard program provides numerous options from which customised drive solutions can be developed and manufactured following the modular principle and therefore at an attractive price-to-performance ratio. The specialists at DEPRAG can realise a perfect solution for any application, whether it is a customised gear design, diverse spindle types or customer-specific attachment requests. They also have air motors on offer which are made from innovative materials such as ceramic.

Vektor-Gruppe based in Moscow has grown to be a leading integrator on the Russian market. Originally specialised in the sale of welding machines – today they are known as a prominent partner for the development of industrial systems and advanced technology automation solutions.

DEPRAG SCHULZ GMBH & CO. has been focused on the working medium of compressed air for many decades. DEPRAG air motors are well established on the global marketplace. Innovation and continuous improvements to their existing production lines have ensured that the medium-sized machine builder has become one of the leading manufacturers of these machines. The owner-led family business employees 700 staff members and is represented in over 50 countries.

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