Bison Gear has released its 2005 product catalog. The 64-page catalog provides technical specs, features for Bison's broad product line of motors, gearmotors, and reducers available as stock items, and highlights of some of Bison's industry-leading custom capabilities. The guide also includes new items such as the Expanded PMDC motor line, hollow shaft right-angle gearmotors, three-phase parallel shaft gearmotors, and more. For more information, visit www.bisongear.com.
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.