FLUID POWER: Bray Controls has expanded and improved its Series 52 2N1 ProxSensor line of valve status monitors to now include AS-I, DeviceNetTM and PROFIBUS® DP BUS network units with a solenoid drive, plus many other new features. Bray’s 2N1 ProxSensors combine two proximity sensors in one compact, self-contained and fully sealed enclosure. These valve status monitors deliver the rapid, bounce-free electronic valve signaling required for PLC, computer and solid-state circuitry used in process control and information networks. All units have a five-year warranty against material or workmanship defects. Bray’s new BUS Intelligent 2N1 ProxSensors offer all the features of the dc and ac units, plus network protocol/communication and remote access to valve position and diagnostics. These units contain two BUS-powered proximity sensors and applicable network pin and solenoid drive connections. The Series 52 is engineered to be impervious to vibration, moisture and most chemical and corrosive agents since all internal components are completely encapsulated with epoxy resin inside the rigid, fully sealed polymer enclosure. Multi-pin electrical connectors are weatherproof and provide quick-connect installation. Standardized factory pre-wiring prevents field wiring errors. The 2N1 ProxSensor mounts directly to Bray pneumatic actuators, eliminating contamination buildup between sensor and actuator.
Truchard will be presented the award at the 2014 Golden Mousetrap Awards ceremony during the co-located events Pacific Design & Manufacturing, MD&M West, WestPack, PLASTEC West, Electronics West, ATX West, and AeroCon.
Robots that walk have come a long way from simple barebones walking machines or pairs of legs without an upper body and head. Much of the research these days focuses on making more humanoid robots. But they are not all created equal.
The IEEE Computer Society has named the top 10 trends for 2014. You can expect the convergence of cloud computing and mobile devices, advances in health care data and devices, as well as privacy issues in social media to make the headlines. And 3D printing came out of nowhere to make a big splash.
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 discussion will examine what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.