PowerTRUE 90TM precision right-angle gearhead from Thomson Micron, LLC is a high-tech face gear that the company says provides smoother, quieter meshing and more efficient power transmission. The performance is made possible by leading-edge software and CNC machining technologies that create a continuous contact zone between the meshing wheel and involute pinion gears.
Pacific Scientific tested the POWERMAX II NEMA 23 frame step motor for more than a year prior to applying the motor and found that the motor operated continuously while submersed in hydraulic fluid. The company says that the POWERMAX II lends itself to this type of application because of the way the motor is constructed. The aluminum rear-end bell is replaced with an all in-one engineering polymer-molded assembly.
SRB rail assemblies from Pacific Bearing Co. include a stainless-steel option. These standard and stainless-steel rail assemblies use self-lubricating SimplicityTM linear bearings which provide performance in contaminated environments. The assemblies feature 6061-T6 aluminum-alloy T-Rail supports and 303 stainless-steel shafting.
Anorad Corp.'s piezo ceramic linear motor (PCLM) technology is the foundation for a three-axis laser micromachining system for biomedical fabrication workcells. In these production-floor systems, three 100-mm travel PCLM stages are configured in a rigid granite structure that provides better than 10 arc-second orthogonality between the vertical (focus) axis and the high-speed XY workpiece positioning stages.
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.