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.
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.