A metal insert keeps the polymer from
bending over during impact and allows it to collapse upon itself in a
precisely controlled manner.
Leadscrew and ballscrew drives and other critical components need fail-safe protection in emergency stop and axis over-run conditions. As an alternative to rubber bumpers and hydraulic shocks, the One-Shot Emergency Shock Absorber costs only a few dollars per use. Upon impact, the device converts kinetic energy into heat as it deforms. The company uses different high-grade polymer combinations to meet various load capacities ranging from approximately 16 to 4,000 inch-lbs.
Available with thread diameters of 3/8 and 1.25-inches, the corrosion-resistant design offers a minimum service life of 10 years, and handles -13 to 122F temperature operation.
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Two researchers from Cornell University have won a $100,000 grant from NASA to continue work to develop an energy-harvesting robotic eel the space agency aims to use to explore oceans on one of the moons of Jupiter.
Is the factory smarter than it used to be? From recent buzzwords, you’d think we’ve entered a new dimension in industrial plants, where robots run all physical functions wirelessly and humans do little more than program ever more capable robotics. Some of that is actually true, but it’s been true for a while.
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