Whether you were seeking planetary gearheads or on-machine analog scanning technology, new automation and control products were everywhere at the Pacific Design & Manufacturing Show in Anaheim, Calif., earlier this month.
The variety of products was stunning, whether they were aimed at medical manufacturing or packaging. As we’ve seen at show after show in the past year, the range and speed of robotics was a standout. Robot arms were swinging everywhere at amazing speeds. The theme for product introductions at the show was smaller, faster, quieter, more efficient, and, most of all, less expensive.
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The Autonics BL Series detects the presence or absence of liquid in a transparent pipe measuring 06 mm to 13 mm in diameter and 1 mm in thickness. The sensor offers performance and reasonable price for a liquid-level sensor. (Source: Autonics)
You must have done a lot of walking, Rob, to get info on all these sensors and control devices. They seemed to be everywhere I went at that show, in my quest for materials, 3D printing & assembly news.
Thanks for sharing Rob. There are a lot of incredible projects in this list.
Beckhoff Automation's EP1816-3008 EtherCAT Box can be very effectively used for energy and money conservation. It might be integrated with the already present EVs to enhance their battery time.
The other product that amazed me was the Bosch Rexroth's EasyHandling system solution. "Rexroth notes that Easy Handling can reduce engineering, assembly, and commissioning time by up to 80 percent." If these stats are correct, then it is truly a great accomplishment for industrial point of view. 80 percent less time in commissioning means 80 percent more production time. Time really is money, when you talk about big industries.
Some humanoid walking robots are also good at running, balancing, and coordinated movements in group settings. Several of our sports robots have won regional or worldwide acclaim in the RoboCup soccer World Cup, or FIRST Robotics competitions. Others include the world's first hockey-playing robot and a trash-talking Scrabble player.
A recent example of a major CAE revamp is MSC Apex, released last month by MSC Software Corp. In a discussion with Design News, MSC executives noted that its next-generation platform is designed to substantially reduce CAE modeling and process time, “in some cases from weeks down to hours.”
The Thames Deckway would run for eight miles close to the river’s edge, rising and falling slightly with the tidal cycle. It will generate its own energy from a series of devices that will line the pathway and use a combination of sources to make the path self-sustaining.
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