There are several ways to monitor loads in a press or punch inserting operation. Load washers, while somewhat insensitive to torque or other extraneous loads or moments, can have lower accuracy. Pancake load cells are more accurate but also much larger. A donut or thru-hole load cell offers reduced size with improved accuracy for these measurements.
Using metal foil strain gauge technology, FUTEK’s LTH300 miniature donut/thru-hole load cells address measurements from 50 to 1000 lb. Available in 17-4 stainless steel construction, the low profile (0.028-inch) units’ inner diameters range from 1/8 to 3/8-inch (3.40 to 9.80 mm) and the outside diameter is 0.98 inch (24.9 mm). With a rated output of 2 mV/V, the safe overload is 150 percent, zero balance is ±1 percent, and nonlinearity, hysteresis and non repeatability are ±0.5 percent of the rated output. Units have a nominal deflection of 0.002-inch, weigh only 2 oz (57 gm) and operate over a temperature range of -60 to 200F (-50 to 93C) with a compensated temperature range of 60 to 160F (15 to 72C).
In addition to a standard 10-ft long Teflon shielded cable with mechanical strain relief, available options include in-line signal conditioned, amplified or digital output, as well as an IEEE 1451.4 Transducer Electronic Data Sheets (TEDS) version. Other applications for this design include dual tank level control, tank dispensing and bag-filling machinery.
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.