SENSORS: Columbia Research Labs. Inc. offers a family of strain sensors that allow critical undercarriage structures and surfaces to be more accurately monitored than by using less accurate counting accelerometer methods. All of the sensors in the DT Series incorporate the proven technology of the flight-qualified DTD2684. They are designed to monitor the fatigue loading experienced by aircraft under various conditions of flight speed, weight and mission configuration more accurately than older technologies. All of the sensors in the DT Series are easy to install and feature rugged construction. Basic technology, including self temperature compensating and high output has been enhanced in some models to meet specific application needs.
Series DT3625 Sensors, developed to measure fatigue in tight spaces, offer a package of 0.45 x 0.25 x 0.14 inch thick and weigh only 13 gm. DT3617 Foil Strain Sensors are designed to measure planer shear strain forces when the axes of principal strain is identified. Each sensor is a complete, compact, easily installed device. DT3715 sensors accurately measure both strain and temperature on curved mounting surfaces. DT3716 sensors measure both strain and temperature on straight mounting surfaces. Both series offer all the accuracy, ruggedness and ease of installation of the flight-qualified Series DTD2684.
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.