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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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.