Low friction and long life on a lubrication-free pivot
This is a patented pivot that doesn't use lubrication, so it will work in a vacuum or super-clean area, and with no rubbing surfaces, it will also work in an unclean atmosphere without the problems of fretting or friction. With a radial design, the pivot has low hysteresis, center shift and thermal drift. The pivot uses springs with low cyclic stress, giving it an indefinite life, perfect for those critical, hard-to-get-at areas. It's often used in oscillating mirrors, lever linkages, instrument nulling, weighing machines, bearing preloading, gimbal rings; mirror positioning, scanners, fuel controls, and pressure and vibration transducers. It has cantilever or double-ended support configuration.
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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.