MOTION CONTROL/FLUID POWER: Two new non-rotating cylinder families, the FDF-09 and FDXS-09, from Fabco have compact design, double the thrust and are suitable for multi-axis assemblies and the design of robotic arms. Features include non-rotating design, magnetic pistons and rubber bumpers. Choose sleeve or ball bearings. Optional sensors mount in linear slots in the housing. Five bore sizes range from 10-32 mm with standard strokes up to 100 mm. Exact industrial interchanges are included.
Two researchers from Cornell University have won a $100,000 grant from NASA to continue work to develop an energy-harvesting robotic eel the space agency aims to use to explore oceans on one of the moons of Jupiter.
Is the factory smarter than it used to be? From recent buzzwords, you’d think we’ve entered a new dimension in industrial plants, where robots run all physical functions wirelessly and humans do little more than program ever more capable robotics. Some of that is actually true, but it’s been true for a while.
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