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FROM THE EDITOR
Low Power Voice Coil Actuator
ensures a hysteresis free movement
A high force non-commutated DC linear actuator, otherwise known as a direct drive voice coil actuator,
is designed specifcally for use in cryogenic environments. Material choice and design parameters were
implemented such that the motor can operate without
degradation or damage when placed in a cryogenic
environment. The model NCC14-78-830-1SM can
generate a continuous force of 92 lb. and a peak force
of 294 lb. at a duty cycle of 10%. A moving mass of
4. 4 lb. allows for a maximum theoretical continuous
acceleration of more than 20 Gs.
Drill Delivers Powerful Pullback
minimizes footprint in all applications
Compact and powerful, the JT24 horizontal
directional drill (HDD) offers best-in-class stability
and a modern design for ease of use in congested
urban and residential jobsites. Equipped with a
101-gross hp, Tier 4 and European Stage 5-com-
pliant Cummins diesel engine, the JT24 packs
a punch with unbeatable power. The unit also
offers 24,000 lb. of thrust and pullback while still
maintaining a small footprint, offering outstanding
performance on a wide range of urban and residential gas, fber, and other utility installations.
The JT24 is designed with a wider frame than
competitive units, offering best-in-class stability
without sacrifcing maneuverability in tight urban
environments, so you can confdently traverse uneven terrain and city curbs. With its small footprint
it can easily be towed from one jobsite to another.
The Office Space Edition
Okay, bear with me for a moment.
There is this copier here
that’s been giving me trouble.
I don’t mean trouble in the
functionality sense—the copies
usually come out just fine and
the controls seem fairly easy
and intuitive. My issue is the
physical design of the thing.
Here’s the walk through:
You start by loading the orig-
inals on the tray with your right hand, then you hit “print”
with your left. Originals are pulled in, scanned, and then
returned on another tray just below the first. You grab
these with your right hand while the copies are squirt-
ed out into neat, collated piles below.
Once the job is complete, the natural move is to grab
the copies with your remaining free hand (left) and get
back to work. But you cannot. The copies arrive in a
tray that is, for some reason, accessible through a
narrow channel configured only for right-hand pickups—
the hand that is still holding the originals.
This should be a mild nuisance, I know. And it is,
really. It doesn’t take a whole lot of effort to shift a tiny
stack of paper from one hand to another, even when
you compound that effort over seven years of semi-reg-ular copying. But it still eats at me.
NED, at its heart, is a kind of on-going celebration of
design and engineering. We cover as broad a range of
new industrial products as possible each month—from
screws and flanges to haptic VR gloves and everything
in between—to help you find the tools, systems, and
solutions you need.
Part of this is also focusing on the hows and whys of
each product. I mean, these people didn’t come up with
a new product just because they were bored—they did
it because they have new capabilities to offer, new
applications to serve, new technologies to incorporate.
It’s a whole series of careful, difficult decisions that
require an enormous amount of time, effort, and capital to get things right.
And why do they do that? Because the user’s expe-
rience is key—no matter how good it is, if a product is
hard to use, people won’t use it.
In this context, the design behind this printer irritates
me way more than it should. It performs its core job
just fine, but the design team neglected to consider
how customers would actually use it. If there were
morality to design, I’d count this as a cardinal sin.
With that, I suppose, I’m extra pleased with this issue
and our second “Leaders in Manufacturing” feature.
Innovation is always king here at NED, and this is our
opportunity to put the spot-
light on some companies
who are doing it right.