Stromag (www.stromaginc.com) says it has developed new coatings for servomotor brakes that increase friction and eliminate rust. Says the company's Bob MaLain, the coatings let engineers design equal performance into smaller packages. Smaller drive packages more common today place more demands on the holding brake to produce more torque for its size.
What should be the perception of a product’s real-world performance with regard to the published spec sheet? While it is easy to assume that the product will operate according to spec, what variables should be considered, and is that a designer obligation or a customer responsibility? Or both?
Biomimicry has already found its way into the development of robots and new materials, with researchers studying animals and nature to come up with new innovations. Now thanks to researchers in Boston, biomimicry could even inform the future of electrical networks for next-generation displays.
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