Exhibitors in the Sensors Pavilion at Manufacturing Week are pushing
technology forward in many systems, meeting varied applications in the diverse
industrial automation field.
Mikron Infrared of Oakland, NJ is unveiling a non-contact temperature
measurement system that is one of the first that can work with shiny metals.
It’s also one of the fastest monitors in the market, checking temperature in
just 500 microseconds. The sensor can detect temperatures as low as 122 degrees
F, even with shiny metals. That’s usually a problem, since reflections can cause
remote sensors to read temperatures of reflected objects, not the desired metal
component. High accuracy and load capability are the keys of a High Capacity
Series Load cells from Interface Inc. of Scottsdale, AZ. The company’s
proprietary strain gage technology provides high temperature compensation and
high output and circuit efficiency. The line’s capacity runs up to 1,000 kilos.
The system is packaged in frame that can hold 1 million pounds.
Saving time is the key benefit of the EVN series electro mechanical switches
from Honeywell Sensing and Control of Freeport, IL. The switches, originally
developed for use in elevators in Europe, have simplified techniques for
attaching wires, cutting installation time by as much as 50%.
The High Capacity Line from Interface can
weight loads up to 1,000
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.