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.
The 2014 Ig Nobel Prize in Physics was awarded to Dr. Kiyoshi Mabuchi and his team members for their work measuring the slipperiness of banana peels. Turns out they're slipperier with the yellow side up.
Many scientists have been working battery-free ways to power wearable electronics that can replace bulky battery packs, particularly through the use of energy-harvesting materials. Now a team of researchers in China have upped the game by developing a lightweight and flexible solar cell that can be woven into two-way energy-harvesting fabric.
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