Absolute draw wire encoders from Sick Stegmann can measure as far as 50 meters while holding resolution within 0.025 mm. They find applicability on everything from cranes to excavators and are robust enough to survive the harshest conditions, says sales and marketing manager, Scott Hewitt. Compared to line-of-site linear positioning with lasers, draw wire transducers exhibit great mounting flexibility. The draw wire can be routed over pulleys to negotiate the tightest corners. For more about Sick Stegmann draw wire encoders, visit http://rbi.ims.ca/4922-521.
New versions of BASF's Ecovio line are both compostable and designed for either injection molding or thermoforming. These combinations are becoming more common for the single-use bioplastics used in food service and food packaging applications, but are still not widely available.
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 radio show will show what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.