Disney Rides on Wireless Ethernet Take a behind-the-scenes look at Disney’s Toy Story Midway Mania, the company’s first attraction with an Ethernet-based ride control network, including parts that are wireless. Video included. Full Story
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The Electric Hybrid Exoskeleton Motorcycle Somewhat of a super Segway, the Deus Ex Machina is an electric, wearable motorcycle, powered by electric hybrid technologies using ultracapacitors and doped nanophosphate batteries. Full StoryActuators Strike A Musical Note David Byrne’s newest musical installation, Playing the Building, uses pneumatic and electric actuators to transform a New York City ferry terminal into an enormous musical instrument. Full Story
MoMA's Design and The Elastic Mind Motion MasterpiecesThe MoMA’s Design and The Elastic Mind Exhibit showed motion control and mechatronics in a new light.
Actuator in the Mix Mobile volumetric mixers from Reimer International are capitalizing on rotary actuator technology to reduce maintenance and increase the effectiveness of systems used for cost-effective, on-site production of concrete.
TURCK's BL ident is the world's first modular RFID system with built-in I/O capability. With BL ident, users may add additional I/O modules to the RFID system: up to 8 channels of RFID, plus up to 32 additional I/O modules within a single node on the network. BL ident is IP 67-rated and can be integrated into existing platforms. Learn more today! Click Here.
Animatronic Mr. Potato Head - VIDEO Learn about the obstacles that had to be overcome by Disney's Imagineers while building an animatronic Mr. Potato Head for Toy Story Midway Mania. Watch Now
Measuring Combustion Cylinder Pressure for Advanced Engine Control- WEBCAST The pressure to reduce carbon dioxide generation, substantially increase fuel economy and continue to reduce vehicle emissions requires more advanced sensing techniques. Guest expert Dr. Marek Wlodarczyk, president, Optrand Inc. explores existing technology approaches and discusses a direct measurement solution rapidly gaining acceptance for future vehicles. Watch Now
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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 All the Muscle, Half the Space.In partnership with ABB
ABB's new all-in-one low voltage drive can increase your productivity, while saving you space and energy.
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Direct Digital Manufacturing (DDM) or rapid manufacturing is taking place today. Knowing what DDM is and how to implement within your company is a competitive advantage in today's manufacturing environment. Watch Now Experience the World of AutomationIn partnership with Siemens
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JUNE 26TH WEBCAST: Collaborative Requirements EngineeringVendor:Dassault ENOVIA | Type:Web Event Speed your innovation. Capture the "voice of the customer" and translate customer requests into user requirements that define new products. Find out why the new ENOVIA Requirements Management solution enables organizations to improve their overall global requirements management process.
Sliding Glass Door ChallengeVendor:Groschopp | Type:Case StudyUnlike prison doors, some tough doors are pretty. The gearmotors for elegant three and four element sliding doors that lead to your sunny poolside patio had to fit into the 3.5 inch deep space in exterior walls. The toughest job, however, was noise reduction in this residential application. These doors had to open and close smoothly and quietly in sequence.
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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.