Originally developed in association with
the U.S. Navy for operating valves in inaccessible areas of ships' hulls,
Flexi-Drive can be used in all weather conditions and even
When valves are located in hard-to-reach or hazardous areas, the "Flexi-Drive" cable system comes in handy. A geared handwheel, valve station, and patented cable linkage system form its key elements. Mechanical performance characteristics of the helically wound steel cable ensure the valve station turns simultaneously with the remote handwheel.
Able to drive a valve from distances as far as 60m, the cable system accommodates up to 540 degrees of bending between stations. This, in turn, permits passage between walls, bulkheads, and other obstacles. One further advantage: The gearing system can be "piggy-backed" to drive multiple valves from a single operator station.
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.