While motor manufactures give their sizing software away, users can only access the particular vendor's products. This company instead sells motor sizing software that returns motor recommendations from a bank of multiple manufacturers. Engineers wishing to evaluate the software can use a
trial version which includes everything but the manufacturers' data. Motion control engineers using VisualSizer input their system characteristics to the software and define a duty cycle, then let the program churn out appropriate motor/drive combinations from as many as 3,600 possible options. To download a trial version, go tohttp://rbi.ims.ca/4911-515.
A new service lets engineers and orthopedic surgeons design and 3D print highly accurate, patient-specific, orthopedic medical implants made of metal -- without owning a 3D printer. Using free, downloadable software, users can import ASCII and binary .STL files, design the implant, and send an encrypted design file to a third-party manufacturer.
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.