MOTION CONTROL:Aerotech’s NanoTranslation (ANT95-XY, ANT95-XY-H) cross-roller-bearing, linear motor, dual-axis stages are three-piece designs that allow travel in two dimensions (X and Y). The sleek design provides an extremely low profile of only 60 mm and a compact footprint. The stage comes with proprietary direct-drive motor technology, non-contact linear encoders, limits, an integrated cable management system and two grades of accuracy. The ANT95-XY design allows critical elements such as orthogonality, straightness and flatness to be optimized, resulting in a stage with exceptional geometrical tolerances. Aerotech’s direct-drive technology has no hysteresis or backlash, enabling 5 nm resolution, 50 nm repeatability and 250 nm accuracy in both the X and Y dimensions. Both travel options (25 x 25 mm or 50 x 50 mm) come with the 60 mm profile height. The ANT95-XY uses anti-creep, cross-roller bearings for impressive load capacity, as well as higher precision and smaller incremental moves. The integrated cable management system is designed for long life and to minimize drag forces. The ANT95-XY can be combined with other Aerotech ANT series products (vertical lift stages, direct-drive rotary stages, goniometers) to create unique, high performance, multi-axis systems.
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.