With the popularity of fuel cell technology rising, so too is the decision to use a brushless dc motor for fuel cell applications. Not only does a brushless motor remove the need for dc to ac inverters, the absence of brushes completely eliminates the risk of arcing or sparking. Compared to brush dc motors, these have a longer lifespan, and some would even consider them to be nearly maintenance-free. The motors also feature integrated electronic capability, wide dynamic speed range that reduces power consumption, and high efficiency.
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.