MOTION CONTROL: Intelligent Motion Systems Inc.’s MDrive® Linear Actuators provide linear motion in an extremely compact all-in-one package with leading integrated step motor and driver technology, available in three motor sizes and two shaft styles, with options including fully programmable controller and motion control technology to prevent unintentional stalling within the same small footprint. MDrive Linear Actuators are available in two shaft styles (non-captive and external) with a choice of three NEMA motor sizes (14, 17 and 23). These products have an input voltage range from +12 up to +75V dc, nominal load limits of up to 200 lb, and are capable of full (256 x 200) microstepping with an operating range of -40 to 85C for long life, trouble free service in demanding environments.
Linear actuator screws are manufactured from premium grade stainless steel, corrosion resistant and non-magnetic, and are available with an optional Teflon coating. These precision rolled screws are offered with many lead pitches and end finishes, and can be ordered in 0.1 inch length increments to meet a wide range of application requirements.
Product options include a Motion Control version with integrated fully programmable controller with RS-485 or CANopen communications; AccuStep motion control technology to prevent unintentional stalling; an encoder integrated with the lead screw for position feedback; and an all-inclusive QuickStart Kit to speed design verification and time-to-market. A WHITE PAPER on integrated motion benefits is free at www.imshome.com/im_whitepaper.html. Price example: $189.00each /100 piece quantity NEMA size 17.
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.