MATERIALS: Thomson is offering a new Lead Screw, Ball Screw and Ball Spline Catalog that details the company’s complete family of lead screws, inch and metric series ball screws, and ball splines, including all relevant product specifications and performance attributes. Updates to this latest version of the catalog include detailed information on the new Thomson family of inch, metric and ball spline end supports - complete, pre-assembled packages designed to facilitate quick and simple mounting of Thomson ball screw and ball spline assemblies, that are also very well suited as a cost-effective drop-in support replacement in certain ball screw applications.
Additionally, more than 50 pages of this 250+ page resource guide is technical engineering reference material designed to help the reader correctly specify, install, maintain and service lead screws, ball screws and ball splines. A technology comparison chart and application analysis worksheet will help the design engineer determine the optimum linear actuation method for his/her particular application, while a visual product reference section assists with identification and replacement of existing Inch Series ball screw products already in the field.
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.