FLUID POWER: Iwaki America Inc.’s HRP compact dc driven metering pump is designed for OEM fluid injection applications. Digitally controlled, high-resolution injection capability operating from 0-720 SPM with 0.055 cc/stroke offers consistent low volume injection capability. Its maintenance-free design with four external control options and availability in 12 or 24V dc configurations makes this an ideal OEM solution for dosing applications. The HRP Series offers four control options including pulsed input, 4-20 mA speed control, 1-5V dc speed control and stop/start for maximum integration flexibility into OEM systems. HRP pumps are available with 12 or 24V dc drives with flows ranging from 0 ml/min to 38 ml/m and pressures to 0.2 Mpa. The HRP design features pump end construction materials of PVDF with FKM gaskets, alumina ceramic valves and PTFE diaphragm for excellent chemical resistance and cost-effective handling of most fluids. The IP65 construction makes it dust and waterproof. Applications for the HRP include disinfectant injection for food and beverage industries, detergent injection for cleaning systems and in any OEM system where chemical injection is required.
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.