Motorsoft (www.motorsoftmotors.com) has unveiled a dynamometer kit for teaching students and engineers the operating characteristics of various precision electric motors and electronic drives. The basic kit comes with three interchangeable test motors, including a PM dc, a 3 phase ac induction, and a PM brushless motor along with a calibrated PM dc generator as a load. All motors, except for the PM dc, are fitted with a 1,000 line optical encoder, couplings, and motor bases to enhance interchangeability.
Are they robots or androids? We're not exactly sure. Each talking, gesturing Geminoid looks exactly like a real individual, starting with their creator, professor Hiroshi Ishiguro of Osaka University in Japan.
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.