Upending or inverting a three-ton object would be simple for Superman, but for ordinary folks it's a dangerous, time-consuming endeavor. Nonetheless, scores of heavy, large objects are stood up or flipped over at construction, warehouse, and factory sites every day. Designed to safely and quickly upend or invert heavy loads, the upender-inverter uses a chain-driven electromechanical drive system to rotate the heavy welded steel, circular structure over four cam-follower-type roller bearings. A hydraulically operated scissors platform with adjustable clamping pressure supports the load. The unit can be equipped with a roller conveyor so that the load can be guided in automatically, and can be loaded/unloaded from three different sides.
Platform sizes available are 4 X 4, 6 X 4, or 8 X 6 ft, with throat openings of 48, 62, and 74 inches. Standard units available in 2,000, 4,000, 6,000, and 10,000-lb capacities, operate on 220/440V, 3-phase, with controls that operate on 110V. Applications include inverting molds, castings, pallets, plywood sheets, glass, or printed materials.
Pete Novak, Air Technical Industries, 7501 Clover Ave., Mentor, OH 44060; Tel: (800) 321-9680; Fax: (440) 953-9237.
Truchard will be presented the award at the 2014 Golden Mousetrap Awards ceremony during the co-located events Pacific Design & Manufacturing, MD&M West, WestPack, PLASTEC West, Electronics West, ATX West, and AeroCon.
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.