MOTION CONTROL: Koford Engineering LLC has introduced a new line of 22-mm slotless brushless motors that offer the highest power density and efficiency in their class. They are available in two- and four-pole designs and with hall sensors or sensorless with power outputs 0.7 to 430W, speeds from 2,600 up to 201,600 rpm, and efficiencies up to 92 percent. Autoclavable and non autoclavable versions are available. The slotless design eliminates cog for more accurate positioning in medical robotics applications and provides cool operation at high speeds for surgical and dental tools. The four-pole configuration doubles the resolution for hall feedback speed control, improving speed resolution and servo performance for applications that do not use encoders due to space or cost constraints. Windings can be customized to customer requirements and shafts can be modified. Cannulated shafts are available. Matching High efficiency/high frequency hall and sensorless drives which do not require external inductors are also available. These can be custom programmed to user requirements. Applications include orthopedic and other surgical tools, dental hand pieces, pumps, blowers and surgical robots.
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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