MOTION CONTROL: Balluff’s new Micropulse® ProCompact linear position transducer is rugged, accurate and protected against environmental hazards. The rod-style transducer incorporates field-proven, non-contact magnetostrictive technology into a welded, hermetically sealed, stainless-steel housing that provides long-term reliability and service life compared to competing contact-based sensors such as linear or rotary potentiometers. The ProCompact is ideal for hydropower and other wet applications, railroad maintenance equipment, steel production, sawmill applications, or any other application involving high humidity, ambient temperature variations and high pressure washdown. The Micropulse ProCompact linear position transducer comes in standard ¾ inch -16 UNF (optional M18 x 1.5) mounting threads, allowing the transducer to be installed into hydraulic or pneumatic cylinders. It is environmentally protected to IP68.
If you see a hitchhiker along the road in Canada this summer, it may not be human. That’s because a robot is thumbing its way across our neighbor to the north as part of a collaborative research project by several Canadian universities.
Stanford University researchers have found a way to realize what’s been called the “Holy Grail” of battery-design research -- designing a pure lithium anode for lithium-based batteries. The design has great potential to provide unprecedented efficiency and performance in lithium-based batteries that could substantially drive down the cost of electric vehicles and solve the charging problems associated with smartphones.
Robots in films during the 2000s hit the big time; no longer are they the sidekicks of nerdy character actors. Robots we see on the big screen in recent years include Nicole Kidman, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Eddie Murphy. Top star of the era, Will Smith, takes a spin as a robot investigator in I, Robot. Robots (or androids or cyborgs) are fully mainstream in the 2000s.
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