Engineers at TBS Engineering presented researchers at C4 Carbides (Cambridge, England) with a problem: Design an efficient gripping system for a new type of premium grade battery where lead cells are encased in a glass fiber compound. The lead plates weigh up to 15 kg and cannot be out of alignment during the production process or the battery will malfunction or fail. The C4 Carbides solution: A process where tungsten grit is metalurgically bonded with a nickel braze to almost any steel alloy substrate, achieving a coefficient of friction greater than 1.6. "Tungsten grit not only gives us the grip we require, without deforming the lead cells, but is also easy to keep clean as the lead oxide--a dirty and sticky substance--doesn't adhere to the surface," says Chris Barge, engineering manager at TBS. Tungsten grit is a rising star among precision gripping, grabbing, and clamping operations. Other applications include a cable clamp for submarine fiber optics and gripping clamps for the oil industry to protect the stainless steel pipes used in the extrusion of copper pipes. Phone Bob Nicolson at +44 (0) 1223-506406 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.