New Breed of Lithium Batteries
Features 7/20/2011 14 comments Higher capacities are enabling cylindrical, prismatic, and flat lithium batteries to move into medical instruments, power tools, and computing applications.
Strategies for Energy Monitoring
Features 6/29/2011 5 comments Standard Ethernet networking and PAC technology, new software tools, and demand-response programs team up to identify energy savings and reduce consumption.
Lunar Crane Design
Features 6/3/2011 18 comments Designing a robotic tool changer for use on the moon not only means dealing with the vacuum of space and moon dust, but also the changing scope of requirements for the device.
Integrated Safety Moves Beyond Outlier Status
Features 6/2/2011 4 comments Though still considered a heretical idea by some engineers, the integration of safety and machine control on one controller is gaining increased acceptance with the help of new safety standards and the never-ending push for greater productivity.
Features 5/31/2011 4 comments As unmanned drones play an increasingly important role in defense strategies and tactics, the demands on the electronic control systems in these vehicles include extreme portability, ruggedness and safety. Every component in these systems carries with it the weight of mission success or failure - all the way down to the switches.
Unified Components and Controls for Robot Kinematics
Features 5/31/2011 1 comment With the automotive industry employing 95 percent of the robots in use for industrial purposes, this industry's robotic trends points the way toward future robot designs, which increasingly involves modularization, reduction in the number of assemblies and elimination of proprietary hardware.
How Advanced Materials Improve Aerospace Engines
Features 5/26/2011 1 comment As aerospace manufacturers look for high-temperature materials that increase performance, improve fuel efficiency and satisfy safety standards, while lowering manufacturing costs, advanced ceramics and high-performance superalloys play an increasingly important role in aerospace engine design.
Putting Physics into Human Modeling
Features 5/25/2011 1 comment Using complex mathematical models, predictive dynamics and a sprinkling of robotics technology, the Santos digital human modeling software is helping the U.S. military and large manufacturers test quality, safety and ergonomics factors in a virtual world.
Features 5/19/2011 1 comment Recovery rates for wounded U.S. soldiers are improving dramatically because of advanced processes for producing custom cranial implants.
Auto Manufacturers' Drive to Simplify
Features 5/3/2011 3 comments Hybrid powertrains are adding complexity to electrical architectures that may already be reaching their limits. Moves to incorporate dual-core MCUs and more Flash memory may be the solution.
Pile Driving Machine Design
Features 4/21/2011 Post a comment Sixteen precision 112.5-degree gearboxes regulate timing for the Octa-Kong pile driver that is being used to build the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge in China.
The Pneumatic-Electromechanical Connection
Features 4/21/2011 Post a comment Flexible pneumatic technology offers multi-position, force control and industrial network support for distributed architectures to bridge the abilities of standard pneumatic and electromechanical actuators.
Applying Lean to Product Development
Features 4/15/2011 Post a comment Rather than mapping lean manufacturing principles directly to product development, engineering teams need to consider information flow and knowledge capture to truly reduce inefficiencies and optimize the process.
Designing Systems for Remote Access
Features 4/14/2011 Post a comment Using standard industrial Ethernet technologies, forward-thinking machine builders can leverage an array of enterprise technologies that allow for their machines to more easily be used by partner service organizations increasingly relied upon by manufacturers of all sizes.
In System Integration, Software Rules
Features 4/14/2011 Post a comment To address machine builder needs, the automation industry is increasingly focused on delivering application-specific software that is highly tailored to specific machines and easy to use.
New versions of BASF's Ecovio line are both compostable and designed for either injection molding or thermoforming. These combinations are becoming more common for the single-use bioplastics used in food service and food packaging applications, but are still not widely available.
For industrial control applications, or even a simple assembly line, that machine can go almost 24/7 without a break. But what happens when the task is a little more complex? That’s where the “smart” machine would come in. The smart machine is one that has some simple (or complex in some cases) processing capability to be able to adapt to changing conditions. Such machines are suited for a host of applications, including automotive, aerospace, defense, medical, computers and electronics, telecommunications, consumer goods, and so on. This radio show will show what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.