Intended for smaller package solution, the High Flex Flat Cable can be used in an energy chain or cable track. Its close cousin the Trackless Cable can support itself over a long enough span to allow it to move back and forth 60 inches without sagging or buckling.
Both products have been tested to achieve 10 million cycles on a 2-inch (50 mm) bend radius. To learn more, go to www.gore.com.
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.