Precision Hydraulics As diesel engines are increasingly required to have greater output at smaller sizes, engine parts manufacturers are seeking new ways to efficiently meet these criteria in their production environments. Full Story
Numatics G2-2 with Ethernet
Numatics has integrated ethernet technology into the G2-2 Series of fieldbus manifolds, which combines the functionality of a scalable modular I/O system with a modular pneumatic valve manifold. Various application layers for this protocol include TCP/IP, EtherNet/IP, and Modbus TCP/IP. Click Here
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Hydraulic Modeling and Simulation Model-based control provides an accurate tool for indicating when a hydraulic system will not work and offers advanced techniques for using simulation technology in the development, testing and application of software. Full Story Holding Heavy Loads
In emergency stop situations, to achieve fail-safe operation, heavy loads need to be stopped quickly in a controlled manner. A major designer and builder of robotic gantry systems solved its problem of general purpose brakes failing in the field. Full Story Leak-Free Design
Designing effective, leak-free hydraulic systems requires special attention to torque levels and proper sealing techniques. Full Story Product Highlights from the IFPE Show
More than 144,600 industry professionals from around the world attended CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2008 and IFPE 2008. Here is a sampling of new fluid power products introduced by companies exhibiting at the show. Full Story
Sponsored Technology Content Measuring Combustion Cylinder Pressure for Advanced Engine Control
The pressure to reduce carbon dioxide generation, substantially increase fuel economy and, at the same time, continue to reduce vehicle emissions requires more advanced sensing techniques. One critical measurement is a dynamic pressure measurement in each cylinder used for real-time feedback to the engine control unit. The high temperatures add to challenge of obtaining the required accuracy and reliability for production vehicles. With guest expert, Dr. Marek Wlodarczyk, president, Optrand, Inc, this session will explore existing technology approaches and discuss a direct measurement solution that is rapidly gaining acceptance for future vehicles. Read More
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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.