FLUID POWER: Norgren, a leading supplier of pneumatic and fluid control components and solutions, announced the launch of a new value-minded pneumatic valve series, the V50-V53 offered in 1/8 inch”, ¼ inch 3/8 inch ∧ ½ Inch NPT or ISOG port sizes.The V5X range provides a complete offering of valve functions including: 3/2 & 5/2 solenoid/spring return (sol/sprg), 3/2 & 5/2 solenoid/solenoid (sol/sol), 5/3 All ports blocked (APB), Center open to Pressure (COP) and Center Open to Exhaust (COE). The new series is also IP65 certified and backed by Norgren’s standard two-year warranty.
V5X is available in 24V dc, 12V dc and 110/120V ac. Power consumption is 2.5W in the V50, and 2.0W in the larger ported V51-V53 products. The series also offers extended push/turn locking manual overides, provides single and double air pilot valves and are supplied with a din connector.
“In today’s market, manufacturers are challenged to reduce costs in any capacity, while maintaining quality and performance,” says Norgren President JD Johnson. Norgren understand this pressure, and consistently responds with high-quality, value minded products to give our customer the advantage.”
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.