Heavy-duty industrial carts use polymer-covered wheels to reduce noise and
limit damage to floors. The Omega Wheel line of heavy-duty casters goes further,
with a patented cast-spoke design that permits it to deform locally when
encountering irregularities or debris on floors then return to its regular shape
once the obstacle has been cleared. In combination with a proprietary blend of
low-thermal-conductivity polyurethane, the open-spoke design runs cooler than
solid wheels, lessening the chance of debonding of wheel and hub.
Polyurethane's resilience results in a quieter wheel less apt to tear or pick up debris. In many cases, this unit allows users to switch from a spring-mounted caster to a simply supported design. Supplied as complete casters with patented kingpin-less construction or as easily retrofitted wheels, Omega Wheels are available in a range of capacities and sizes.
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.