Those who have never seen one of Rube Goldberg's designs that make a simple task complicated may not appreciate the simple elegance of design for simply connecting pieces together. However, that is the philosophy behind Bosch Rexroth's Easy-2-Combine pneumatic systems. As a result, common tasks in packaging machinery such as pick-and-place, gripper and vacuum cup applications can be performed with standardized interfaces.
The design intent involves simple, time-saving assembly steps to combine the individual components of pneumatic systems for multi-axis automation tasks and avoids adapter plates. Centering elements to interlock the mounting and connections for sensors and the air supply at several positions throughout the system, eliminates the need for complicated and expensive connection kits and ensures a high level of reproducibility when combining elements. Easily adjusted end-position settings on many components further reduce set-up time. Individual components can perform linear movements, pneumatically driven rotation movements and as well as gripper functions.
To connect to other products not designed initially for this easy level of interface, Rexroth still offers adapter plates for a range of accessories. For increased handling technology options, the goal is a greater number of products that can be directly combined in the expanded pneumatics program and eliminating adapter plates.
Using the online Easy-2-Combine configurator, users can calculate and design entire handling modules and obtain complete documentation and a single part number for the complete bill of materials, plus CAD drawings.
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.