MOTION CONTROL: Based on a compact and simple design, the ESL series torque limiters from R+W offer accurate performance at a reasonable cost. Unlike traditional ball-detent torque limiters, the ESL spring loads two series of ball bearings against one another to create a rolling effect at overload. This reduces wear, and at the same time it allows for the clutching interface to serve as the bearing support during overload disengagements; saving space and cost. Since this torque limiter uses specially developed, “digressive spring characteristic,” sensitivity to overload and accuracy of disengagement torque are not compromised. This means that disengagement takes place within 3 milliseconds of overload, and at a value within +/-5 percent of the disengagement torque setting. The basic design mounts by means of a keyway and set screw, though customized mounting attachments are also available.
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.