MOTION CONTROL: Tolomatic’s integrated-motor rod-style actuator (IMA) is now capable of delivering up to 3,300 lbs of force when equipped with the new roller-screw option. The Tolomatic IMA incorporates a hollow core rotor and skewed motor windings into its unique servomotor design for an extremely compact package with increased dynamic performance and service life compared to traditional rod-style actuators. The IMA’s unique integrated motor design is well suited for applications such as pressing, clamping, valve control, spot welding and volumetric filling.
The hollow core rotor design allows the nut of the screw to pass inside the rotor to provide a very compact package. The compact footprint and efficient operation of the IMA, combined with the flexibility of control from an electric actuator, makes the IMA a powerful and viable alternative for replacing fluid power cylinders.
The Tolomatic IMA with the new roller-screw option can exert a force of up to 3,300 pounds and move a top speed of about 12 inches per second. The IMA is available with a choice of motor voltages in any incremental stroke length from 6 inches to18 inches. Built with Tolomatic’s Endurance Technology features for maximum durability and extended service life, the IMA has a patent-pending lead-screw lubrication system that allows easy re-lubrication without disassembly. Tolomatic’s sizing and selection software makes selecting an IMA easy. All orders are built-to-order and shipped with Tolomatic’s industry leading five-day delivery.
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.