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Career Advice from the Mechatronics Expo The 2008 Mechatronics Expo focused on the skills engineers need to create smart electro-mechanical systems. Full StoryThe System Aspects of Sensing Author Rob Lineback discusses the increasing focus on the system aspects of sensors, including interfacing, communication (including wireless), packaging and ease of use. Full Story
Stanford's Autonomous Helicopter, Car Big Hit at ExpoGabe Hoffmann, Ph.D. candidate at Stanford University talked about autonomous cars and unmanned helicopters as part of his speech at the 2008 Mechatronics Expo.
Laser Measurement Technical Application Guides
Four application guides from KEYENCE describe the methodology and techniques for measuring a variety of targets and materials using laser displacement sensors. The guides include: measuring metal targets; eliminating surface reflections; measuring LCD glass and PDPs; plastics and translucent materials; and measuring runout, eccentricity, and vibration. Download all four bulletins plus product brochure.
Gadget Freak Case #120: Super-Powered Salad Spinner - VIDEO Here's a muscle-free salad spinner that works via sink faucet and rotates your salad greens faster than the manual version no matter how much muscle you put into it. Watch Now
Solving Sensor Interfacing Issues in Portable Multi-Sensor Systems - WEBCAST As sensors numbers increase and specifications tighten, the design challenges of the sensor interfacing portion of the system increase. Guest expert Andreas Heldwein from ZMD AG will identify a solution to simplify interfacing multiple sensors. Watch Now
Sponsored Technology Content Webcast: Mechatronics in the Age of Digital ImagesIn partnership with Bosch Rexroth, National Instruments and Siemens PLM
Avid photographers talk about image focus, shutter speed and depth of field, but rarely do they talk about image sensors, gyroscopes, actuators and ultrasonic motors. But the digital camera is truly a mechatronics marvel. Kevin Craig's three-part webcast takes you through the basics of photography through the birth of the digital age to explain how mechatronics is revolutionizing the digital camera. Read More Partnering with Iowa State's Institute for Physical Research and TechnologyIn partnership with Groschopp Inc.
Groschopp Inc. engineers and manufactures customized, high-reliability fractional horsepower electric motors and gear motors for some of the world's most demanding Original Equipment Manufacturers. Find out why the company has turned to IPRT Company Assistance to help it maintain its reputation for products of the highest quality. Read More Sensorless Field Oriented (FOC) Control for AC Induction Motors In partnership with Microchip Technology Inc.
The requirement of low-cost, low-maintenance, robust electrical motors have resulted in the emergence of the AC Induction Motor (ACIM) as the industry leader. Learn how to apply sensorless field-oriented control of induction motors using a dsPIC® Digital Signal Controller (DSC) from Microchip Technology. Read More All the Muscle, Half the Space.In partnership with ABB
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Custom Sensors & Technologies (CST)
CST represents a unique collection of companies under one umbrella as a distinct global business unit within Schneider Electric. Now a singular business, they represents a set of proven brands with a long-standing ability to deliver advanced application-specific solutions across a wide array of sensing technologies along with control and actuation products.View All Resources from CST
Automation Notebook: Demystifying Network CommunicationsVendor:AutomationDirect | Type:Training Guide"Had I known how fast, cool, easy, flexible, or powerful this was, I would have used Ethernet a long time ago." This tutorial defines some common terms and shows you how they fit together. You'll find that networking is no more complicated than ordering a hamburger.
High Performance Sensor InterfaceVendor:Enfield Technologies | Type:Design GuideThe LS-C30 amplifies the output of bridge-type resistive sensors (pressure sensors, load cells) to ±10 Vdc. This allows low-level sensors to be used with the LS-C10, LS-C41 and C2 controllers.
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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.