patent has been granted to Berkeley Process Control
for the company's Soft-I/O technology. The technology
performs truly distributed control of discrete and analog devices
with a single configurable product. Previously, hundreds
of specialized I/O modules were required to control various
I/O devices in a typical tool. With a single module, a toolmaker
can configure and control virtually any I/O device that may
interact with the tool. The technology removes the greatest
impediment to building lower-cost tools. It supports and enhances
a distributed controlarchitecture using standard cable interconnections
and standard Ethernet hardware. Information: www.berkeleyprocess.com.
has modified its Web site to serve as an expanded resource
for MEMS designers. The site features free evaluation
software downloads, searchable white papers, presentations,
and data sheets. In addition, it explains the company's MEMS
design methodology in a user-friendly environment. Offering
a comprehensive overview of the company's CoventorWare product
line, the site provides users with information on software modules
for radio frequency and optical MEMS, sensors, and microfluidic
applications. It also contains CoventorWare training sessions,
events, and news items. The site also features a university
program that enables users to review student papers and scholarship
opportunities. Information: www.coventor.com.
Baker has increased the bulk acids packaging capability at its
Phillipsburg, NJ, facility by 50%, ensuring that it
can meet existing customer needs while supporting the increased
demand for bulk acids used in front- and back-end cleaning and
surface-preparation applications in the microelectronics industry.
By using lean manufacturing concepts and six-sigma quality methods
during the expansion, the company has achieved improved product
flow throughout its fill area. Information: www.jtbaker.com/micro.
AKM servomotors from Danaher Motion are available
with high-resolution sine-absolute encoders. They are
also available with resolver, encoder (commutating), and smart-feedback-device
options to help users meet specific application requirements.
The motors are UL, cUL, and TUV listed and carry the CE mark.
They provide excellent performance with higher acceleration
and torque in a smaller footprint than comparably sized motors,
allowing OEMs to reduce overall tool size while increasing tool
throughput and reliability. The motors are available in seven
frame sizes with 25 stack/frame combinations, 77 windings, and
19 different mounting patterns. They also have multiple connectivity
and feedback options, shaft seals, and integral brakes. With
a continuous torque range from 0.2 to 53 N•m, the motors
can provide speeds up to 8000 rpm. Information: www.danahermotion.com.
free catalog from SKF Motion Technologies highlights
inch-series linear ball bearings, pillow block units, shafting,
and accessories. The components offer a practical alternative
to metric linear ball-bearing products and enable users to design
cost-effective and reliable linear guidance systems, regardless
of an application's specified dimension requirements. The compact
bearings feature recirculating balls to reduce friction and
promote unlimited stroke, enabling fast and precise load transport.
Open and closed designs in standard or corrosion-resistant models
are available. All are equipped with integral seals. The 22-page
catalog, SKF Inch Linear Bearing Series, lists relevant
specifications, including dimensions, load ratings, and available
materials. Information: www.linearmotion.skf.com.