Built as an alternative to pneumatic or hydraulic systems, this actuator series offers lightweight products with a small footprint. They last longer and are more precise thanks to ABEC-7 angular contact bearings, and it's easy to maintain or reconfigure them with different motors and/or leadscrews with the actuators' interchangeable mounting plates. With no gears between the motor and the drive screw, the Kevlar drive belt and pulleys offer low-backlash, low-noise drive ratios of 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 to 1. The actuators offer 17 different motor options, including dc, dc servo, dc gearmotors, steppers and Animatic "Smart Motors." They can remember positions even after power loss. They are permanently lubricated and sealed, and can come with a variety of end connections and trunnion mounts. A matching controller is also available.
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.
In a bid to boost the viability of lithium-based electric car batteries, a team at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has developed a chemistry that could possibly double an EV’s driving range while cutting its battery cost in half.
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.