MOTION CONTROL: Servometer custom designed miniature nickel alloy metal bellows can be made as small as .020 inch (.5 mm) in diameter and still retain full sensitivity and flexibility. Seamless and non-porous; no dust, dirt, or moisture can lodge in seams and cause contamination in critical applications. Servometer bellows are leak tight to 1 x 10-9 std. cc/sec., and can be designed for “infinite” life expectancy (100 x 106 cycles). They offer superb performance in applications such as metallic hermetic seals, volume compensators, pressure and temperature sensors, flexible connectors, and countless other applications where quality, reliability and long life are critical requirements.
Servometer zero-backlash, flexible shaft couplings meet rigorous needs in precision rotary positioning systems, where high flexibility, sensitivity and extreme accuracy in dimensional tolerances and concentricity are critical. Our stock line of bellows-type flexible shaft couplings have a torque range from 1.4Ncm to 198Ncm. Outside diameters range from .252 inch (6.4 mm) to 2.40 inch (61 mm) and overall lengths from .5 inch (12.7 mm) to 2.44 inch (62 mm). Larger sizes and greater torque capabilities are available on a custom basis.
Servometer self-aligning spring contacts meet critical solderless connection needs in miniature electronic applications, and feature negligible insertion and inductance loss. They are ideal for repetitive connect and disconnect. Outside diameters range from .037 inch (1 mm) to .245 inch (6.22 mm) and are available from stock. Custom contacts can be designed with bellows diameters as small as .020 inch (.5 mm).
Servometer lightweight, structurally rigid electroforms are the ideal solution for needs involving unusual shapes, close tolerances, high strength and ultra-thin walls, and can withstand extreme temperatures down to -423F. Diameters range from .020 inch (.5 mm) to 9 inch (229 mm). Surface micro-finishes as fine as 4 R.M.S. 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.