ELECTRONICS/SENSORS: The second generation KEYENCE GT2 “All-in-One” contact digital sensor, adopts the world’s first scale-shot system to provide the highest precision in its class (0.1μ resolution, 1.0μ accuracy). Maintaining the “No Error” feature from its predecessor, no data will be lost due to rapid spindle movement during production line and other high-speed applications. All measurement is performed in the compact GT amplifier requiring no PLC or external data processing.GT2 sensors are tough and rugged, and the cable’s IP67 water-resistant enclosure rating helps prevent or reduce swap outs in select harsh environments. The sensor head cable uses a flexible robot cable that can withstand continuous bending up to 6 million times at a radius of 50 mm (1.97 inch) and can be cut anywhere to length. Linear ball bearings covered by a strong rubber encase the spindle to ensure a long service life by eliminating wear and abrasion damage. Detecting durability extends up to 20 million times.
The analog I/O card used with conventional sensors is not required for the GT2, which further reduces labor time, and total cost equipment status can be quickly checked by looking at the bar indicator that displays green when the data is within its limits and red when the values are out of spec.
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.