FLUID POWER: Kollmorgen introduces EC1 Electric Cylinders - a cost-effective, high-performance linear positioning alternative to pneumatic and hydraulic systems in applications requiring continuous thrust of ≤150 lb (660N). They deliver all the benefits that electric cylinder users have come to expect such as smooth, controllable speed (up to 0.325 m/s [13 in/s]), accurate mid-stroke positioning and position holding without power (with brake option), in the most compact electric cylinder package available to date from Kollmorgen.EC1 electric cylinders deliver standard stroke lengths from 50 mm up to 200 mm, and can handle maximum payload weight of 150 lb at 100 percent duty cycle. The EC1 can deliver repeatability to ± 0.001 inch with lead accuracy to ± 0.004 inch/ft., with backlash of just 0.015 inch. This performance, coupled with a compact 4.60 inch + stroke length x 1.89 inch x 3.25 inch (117.0 mm + stroke length x 48 mm x 82.6 mm) footprint, make the EC1 ideally suited for use in space-restricted applications such as testing systems, test sample placement in medical applications and general factory automation machines where precise, repeatable motion is a must.
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.