Vernon's cutting machines use a Windows-based operating system with color icons, 2D and 3D-dimensioned graphics, and network-compatible communications. The cutting software is CAD-CAM compatible with leading design software, and factory service technicians can link to field machines in real time with Internet-based software. The machines range from 2 to 5-axis models, and can cut diameters from 2-84-inches O.D. and the machines' roller beds and conveyor designs accommodate lengths up to 40 ft, with five sizes of machine beds and three computer controls available.
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.