SENSORS: The Columbia Model DI-10-DFD-IR Inclinometer System is particularly useful in construction and shipbuilding. It is a unique differential tilt measuring device which allows matching the slope of two remotely located surfaces. The readout can be set to indicate the absolute tilt of either sensor or the differential angle between them. These extremely rugged inclinometers offer superior force balance technology and high resolution. The display is 4½ digit, 7 segment 0.4 inches high readout indicating + 10.000 degrees full scale. It has switch select for either sensor output or differential mode. The display blanks if either one or both sensors are not connected. Customized versions of these sensors are available from the factory.
The Sensors provided with this system feature aluminum case material and weigh 12oz. (340gm). They are 3.64 x 2.10 x 1.69 inches. Operating temperature ranges from -20 to +75C and their shock survival is 50G RMS.
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.