MOTION CONTROL: Ondrives Ltd. has added a range of Generation III Synchroflex® timing pulleys and belts to the newly launched precision gears section of the company’s 1,040-page catalogue. The timing belts are manufactured from a steel-reinforced polyurethane material and feature a high-power metric pitch AT profile with trapezoidal toothform. Sizes vary from 5 mm pitch and a 10 mm belt width up to 10 mm pitch, 50 mm belt width as standard with intermediate and larger belt widths available on request. The matching pulleys are made from aluminum with a zinc-plated flange and are centre drilled or pilot bore. There are two execution types available and technical specifications vary from 0.8 kW input power up to 15kW and torque from 7.64 to143.25 Nm.
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.