ELECTRONICS: Parker Hannifin Corp. has developed a series of economical lift axle control panels that enable truck operators to raise and lower an auxiliary axle on vehicles to accommodate heavy loads. The Parker modules can be used within truck cabs or externally mounted on dump trucks or trailers, and are available in steer or non-steer versions. Parker has long been a leader in transportation and mobile systems, and this pneumatic solution continues to reinforce the company’s commitment to the truck industry.
The Parker Lift Axle modules consistently provide smooth operation, even in low temperatures. The control panel offers color coded connections for ease-of-use and the air system maintains a high flow rate to ensure rapid raising and lowering of the lift axle.
Parker Lift Axle air control modules are dependable, low maintenance, affordable solutions for trucks, haulers and mixers.
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.