ATLANTA Drive Systems Inc. has expanded its range of servo worm reducers, building a high-torque, economy and basic version to go with the existing high-precision reducer. The high-torque model has 150 percent of the torque capacity of ordinary servo-worm reducers, and a backlash level of less than 1 arc-minute. It has a redesigned output for higher bearing capacity, plus an option for ISO 9409 flanged connections. The economy model has the same torque capacity of an ordinary servo-worm reducer, with a less than 6 arc-minutes backlash level. The basic version has 90 percent of an ordinary servo-worm reducer, and a backlash level of less than 12 arc-minutes. There is a range of motor couplings and mounting flanges available for almost any servo motor, and the hollow bore output works well with output shafts, pinion shafts or other drive elements.
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.