MOTION CONTROL: TURCK’s new D-Size (1-3/8 inch) powerfastTM modular wiring system is designed to handle high current applications for machine power distribution and motor control. The complete D-Size power distribution system includes three- and four-pin cordsets, receptacles and tees that provide up to 600V and 30A. Additional powerfast components include field wireables, closure caps and a tee with an integrated cable drop, which eliminates the need for two separate connectors. Through the use of standard and reducer tees, it is now possible to use a quick disconnect system to distribute power to multiple field devices along one main trunk cable, reducing labor and equipment costs.
The D-Size powerfast system may be used in place of traditional conduit installations and is compliant with NFPA 79 (National Fire Protection Assn. Electrical Standard for Industrial Machinery) standards. This scalable, modular wiring system is easy to change, modify and maintain, and it may eliminate the need for conduit and raceways. Cordsets are available with exposed-run PVC flexlife® cable - guaranteed to endure 20 million cycles of continuous twisting, flexing and bending–in 10, 12 or 14 AWG wires. All powerfast connectors carry IEC IP67, 68 and 69K environmental protection ratings, along with NEMA 1, 3, 4 and 6P protection.
The D-Size powerfast system offers male and female, straight and right angle connectors; standard and custom lengths; and pigtails or extensions. Additional options include nickel-plated brass, stainless steel or clear anodized aluminum coupling nuts and encapsulated mating receptacles, in both ½ inch-14 NPT and ¾ inch-14 NPT mounting threads.
TURCK’s powerfast product line includes A-Size (7/8 inch), M16, M23 and M40 cordsets, receptacles and tees ranging from 15 to 40A - delivering a single-source solution to meet the broadest range of industrial power distribution needs.
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.
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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.