Employing a side-by-side arrangement of output ports said to be more versatile than conventional over-under designs, the Moduflex miniaturized pneumatic valve system allows straight or elbow connections to the application. Ceramic slide plate technology, furthermore, provides a 100 million-cycle service life with 50% fewer working parts.
Debuting at this year's Hannover Fair, the system allows operation of cylinders with bore sizes to 100 mm. Working pressure is vacuum to 8 bar with flow figures of Size 1, 400 N(liter)/min (Cv 0.38), and Size 2, 1,200 N(liter)/min (Cv 1.13). The low consumption 24V dc electrical solenoids can be supplied with cable plugs for individual wiring, or with plug- together integrated electrical connections for multi-wire connection.
All-plastic construction lowers weight and improves electrical insulation; a "one screw" design simplifies maintenance.
Are they robots or androids? We're not exactly sure. Each talking, gesturing Geminoid looks exactly like a real individual, starting with their creator, professor Hiroshi Ishiguro of Osaka University in Japan.
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.