Slideshow: Dream Cars of 2014
News 3/13/2014 34 comments We’ve collected photos of “dream cars” from the Geneva Motor Show, as well as from the recent auto shows in Detroit and Chicago. From Maserati and Lamborghini to Chevy and Toyota, we offer a few of the recent standouts.
ACS ServoBoost Algorithm Boosts Servo Performance
Product News 1/31/2014 1 comment ACS Motion Control's ServoBoost algorithm was designed to identify disturbances in real-time while also analyzing the root cause, compensating for it, and attenuating its impact. This results in decreased move and settle time, the ability to handle significant changes in load, and the elimination of cogging and similar issues.
An Evolution in Industrial Robots
Product News 1/6/2014 7 comments Customer focus on total cost of ownership is shaping robotic offerings, along with the need for increased payload capacities and greater flexibility.
Innovative Aluminum Comes to the Factory
Product News 12/4/2013 3 comments SUS Corp. offers aluminum frames that are designed for use in factories. The frames are used for workstations, assembly shelving, carts, and other factory and assembly support.
ABB Introduces New Breed of Safety PLCs
Product News 11/6/2013 3 comments The trend moves forward of safety controllers becoming more integrated with the overall control and software architecture on OEM automation machines. A good example is how a new breed of safety PLCs from ABB that combines advanced software to coordinate real-time motion with safety processing, along with redundant hardware, is helping to make this happen.
Full Flexibility in New Series of Turning Centers
Product News 11/1/2013 2 comments Northern Italian machine tool manufacturer Biglia recently introduced its multi-functional turning centers of the "Quattro" series with the Sinumerik 840D sl CNC. The mechanical concept, together with the scalable control, provides users with the most diverse standard turning and milling operations.
New & Noteworthy Products
Product News 7/5/2013 6 comments In the Design News Product Showcase, we’ve just posted some products from Grayhill Inc., SKF USA Inc., and Teknor Apex Company that need a little highlighting.
TI Offers Advanced Motion Control Software
Product News 5/7/2013 13 comments TI's new InstaSPIN-MOTION motor control software is aimed at taking the pain out of motion-control development by optimizing complex motion sequences, reducing tuning to a single parameter, and accurately tracking desired trajectories across operating ranges.
Slippery Material System Can Start, Stop Liquids
News 4/17/2013 14 comments A new material system invented by researchers at Harvard's Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering is continuously "tunable" for transparency and wettability: it repels water or oil to a greater or lesser degree as it becomes more or less transparent.
Maxon Releases New Digital EtherCAT Controller
Product News 3/1/2013 11 comments Maxon Motor has released a new compact digital controller with EtherCAT that allows for real-time positioning and high-speed synchronization of multi-axis systems, including robotics, automation, and mechantronics.
Opto 22's LED Dimmer Connects to Serial Networks
Product News 1/29/2013 7 comments A new dimmer recently introduced by Opto 22 uses pulse width modulation (PWM) technology to control brightness from 0-100 percent for 9-30 to control VDC constant voltage LED lighting assemblies such as lamps, bulbs, strips, ropes, and bars.
What makes this movie stand out from the typical high school sports story is that the teenagers are undocumented immigrants, and the big game is a NASA-sponsored marine robotics competition. Like many other Hollywood movies, however, Spare Parts only tells part of the story. What the film shows -- and doesn’t show -- raises important issues affecting STEM education in the US.
Instead of sifting through huge amounts of technical data looking for answers to assembly problems, engineers can now benefit from 3M's new initiative -- 3M Assembly Solutions. The company has organized its wealth of adhesive and tape solutions into six typical application areas, making it easier to find the best products to solve their real-world assembly and bonding problems.
Load dump occurs when a discharged battery is disconnected while the alternator is generating current and other loads remain on the alternator circuit. If left alone, the electrical spikes and transients will be transmitted along the power line, leading to malfunctions in individual electronics/sensors or permanent damage to the vehicle’s electronic system. Bottom line: An uncontrolled load dump threatens the overall safety and reliability of the vehicle.
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