The Surveyor 1200 Series includes three models with an x-axis range of up to 6 ft while maintaining the same y and z travels. With the increased x-axis, long parts can be affixed to the table and scanned completely without having to be repositioned to get data from both ends. Models range in size from the Surveyor 1224 with 24 inches of x-axis travel to the 1236 with 36 inches in x, the 1248 with 48 inches in x, and top out with the 1272 with a full 72-inch range in x.
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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.