Qin Zhang is an assistant professor at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana developing a programmable electrohydraulic (EH) control valve. The new device consists of five proportional-flow control valves that are used with a hybrid control algorithm. Zhang and colleague Haibo Hu published a paper outlining their conclusions: They say it is technically feasible to integrate a programmable valve using five individually controlled proportional valves. It is important to obtain the characteristics of sub-valves before the integration, say Zhang and Hu. They also assert that the use of a simple logic control algorithm is sufficient for achieving programmable valve features such as open center, closed center, tandem center, and float center. For more information, call Zhang at (217) 333-9419 or visit www.uiuc.edu.
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.