Crack propagation from stress concentrations in strain-gauge elements, result in poor performance. Advanced screen-printing technology and high tolerance resistance trimming, eliminating laser contact to reduce cracking, and yield a more robust design.
A ceramic-cross strain gauge senses two or three axes of user input. Sensing elements, screen printed on the mounting substrate, interface with IBM Track Point(TM) cursor-control code and the new Philips TPM microprocessor.
Z-axis sensing element uses dedicated half-bridge to deliver output proportional to force. Available in PS2 or RS232 output, with unlimited customization options.
Boris Kamentser, Bokam Engineering Inc., 9552 Smoke Tree Ave., Fountain Valley, CA 92708; (714) 513-2204.
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.