• Who Invented the Electric Car?

    In 2010, Tesla Motors developed a luxury electric sports car that had a range of more than 200 miles on a single charge. But who first invented the electric car? Submit your answer by July 29, and we’ll enter you in a drawing for a $20 gift card!

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  • Work Safer with Electrical Systems

    In any manufacturing or mechanical environment, safety is top priority — and electrical safety is a special area of concern. Along with continuous safety training, manufacturers use safety guarding, motion detection, gating, and other safety solutions to ensure workers can perform duties safely around equipment. Manufacturers are always looking for additional tools and methods to provide a safe environment for workers. The GracePort Safeside voltage indicator is a simple, reliable solution that offers an extra measure of assurance. High voltage hazards When workers need to work in areas where high voltage is present, safety hazards are everywhere: multiple power sources

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  • Time to Reduce Noise in Your Environment? (What Did You Say?)

    Noise is a major concern in most of our customers’ environments. It isn’t something you can get away from; you can use various methods to move noise around and dampen it, but it’s always a factor. According to OSHA, noise-related hearing loss is one of the most prevalent occupational health concerns in the U.S. Short-term exposure to loud noise can cause ringing in the ears and temporarily affect a person’s hearing while persistent, ongoing levels of loud noise can cause permanent hearing loss. High levels of noise can also create physical and psychological stress, reduce productivity, and interfere with communication

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  • A Perfect Solution, No Matter How You Look at It

    Much of the success of Richard Greene’s recent solution for an expanding client’s floor space problem was due to the flexibility, mounting options, and reliability of the linear actuator we used: the ORIGA HMR. Parker Hannifin’s new electromechanical linear actuator series offers the convenience of a complete drive package with a linear actuator, gear, and motor in a single-system solution. The flexibility in mounting options is what made Parker’s linear actuator the perfect solution for our client. The actuator offers three types of drives, and all of them can be installed either horizontally or vertically. Without room to house additional

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  • Find Solutions That Fit Your Expanding Business

    It’s great to see manufacturing organizations creating new products and growing their business. But what happens when that growth hits a brick wall — literally? One Richard Greene Company customer recently ran into just that problem. The business was expanding, but it was not able to expand the space it had for manufacturing operations. As a major electrical manufacturer, the company is expanding its offerings to include a wider variety of products. Manufacturing these new products requires a lathe, a piece of equipment that spins a part to allow it to be cut. Lathes are very long and take up

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  • For Tiny Pieces, Get Accurate Counts at Lightning Speed

    Some manufacturers are all about big ideas … and we love that! But we also understand that for some manufacturers, big ideas come in small packages. Take pharmaceuticals. Products such as tablets and capsules are tiny but must be accurately counted and properly separated. Dispensing mechanisms, which properly sort and separate tablets, work at high speeds. To meet these big demands, you need an equally high-speed, high-accuracy small-object counting sensor. Banner’s DF-G2 Small Object Counter is ideal for the job. The DF-G2 is a fiber amplifier with a fast response speed; it can detect extremely small sizes — for example,

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  • Does Your Sensor Solution Measure Up?

    When quality of both process and product are paramount, Banner’s LE Series Laser Measurement Sensors can save the day. These sensors provide laser-guided measurement of minute details — measuring 100 to 1,000 mm out of the box. The LE Series’ linear array technology provides excellent performance and resolution no matter the color or sheen of the object. The sensor features a two-line, eight-character display and a linear array that result in accuracy for even the most challenging targets. You can use the LE Series to verify precise placement of features or different items for accurate sorting. These sensors are great

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  • 2 Sleek Sensors That Deliver Laser Precision

    Precision is one of many essential factors in assembly lines. Now, two new Banner sensors bring a whole new meaning to the term. Consistent quality is vital in most industries, from food and beverage to pharmaceuticals to automotive. That’s why these laser sensors are built to Banner standards, with durable construction (including scratch-resistant lenses, tactile buttons, and stainless steel parts), angled displays, and superior accuracy. Which sensor is right for you? It depends on your application. Q4X Sensor: Go the distance The Q4X is a distance sensor, with the ability to differentiate the precise placement of items that other sensors

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  • How to Simplify Safety — and Save!

    In assembly operations, safety comes first. But large, complex operations often seem to have more safety controllers than processes! The problem is that many controllers are designed to perform just one function: two-hand control, gate monitoring, muting, and so on. And the more units involved, the greater the clutter. Simple things like wiring become a hazard and multiple controllers can get expensive, fast. Solve by simplifying Banner’s XS26-2 Expandable Safety Controller offers a solution. With up to 8 expansion I/O modules, the XS26-2 lets your safety grow with your automation — without adding units and wires. You can choose from

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  • Ready for Something New? Power Up Process Automation

    We’re only halfway through 2015, but we’ve already seen plenty of news about some major anniversaries. The big number seems to be 30: the Nintendo NES gaming system, the film “Back to the Future,” and — of special interest to those of us who are engineers — the world’s first graphing calculator all celebrate their third decade. At Richard Greene Co., we’re also marking a special 30th milestone: our partnership with Banner Engineering. Innovative enough to stand the test of time and responsive enough to bring true value, Banner products are definitely worth celebrating. So in this issue of Tech

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