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.
The engineers and inventors of the post WWII period turned their attention to advancements in electronics, communication, and entertainment. Breakthrough inventions range from LEGOs and computer gaming to the integrated circuit and Ethernet -- a range of advancements that have little in common except they changed our lives.
The age of touch could soon come to an end. From smartphones and smartwatches, to home devices, to in-car infotainment systems, touch is no longer the primary user interface. Technology market leaders are driving a migration from touch to voice as a user interface.
Soft starter technology has become a way to mitigate startup stressors by moderating a motor’s voltage supply during the machine start-up phase, slowly ramping it up and effectively adjusting the machine’s load behavior to protect mechanical components.
A new report from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) makes a start on developing control schemes, process measurements, and modeling and simulation methods for powder bed fusion additive manufacturing.
If you’re developing a product with lots of sensors and no access to the power grid, then you’ll want to take note of a Design News Continuing Education Center class, “Designing Low Power Systems Using Battery and Energy Harvesting Energy Sources."
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