MOTION CONTROL: Rockwell Automation has expanded its Allen-Bradley Guardmaster GuardShield safety light curtain line with the addition of three cost-effective options. Designed to provide end users with improved functionality, configuration flexibility and installation, the new safety light curtains include the GuardShield Safe 4 with an integrated laser alignment system, the GuardShield Cascadeable Micro 400, and the GuardShield Safe 4 PAC. The GuardShield Safe 4 safety light curtain is equipped with an integrated laser alignment system, allowing for simplified setup and installation. The GuardShield Cascadeable Micro 400 safety light curtain is a Type 4, “three-box” safety light curtain designed for small assembly machines in ambient operating environments where mounting space is limited. The GuardShield Safe 4 PAC light curtain is a self-contained, optically synchronized, “two-box” safety light curtain offering an expanded operating range.
The 2014 Ig Nobel Prize in Physics was awarded to Dr. Kiyoshi Mabuchi and his team members for their work measuring the slipperiness of banana peels. Turns out they're slipperier with the yellow side up.
Many scientists have been working battery-free ways to power wearable electronics that can replace bulky battery packs, particularly through the use of energy-harvesting materials. Now a team of researchers in China have upped the game by developing a lightweight and flexible solar cell that can be woven into two-way energy-harvesting fabric.
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