CAM RUNNER(TM) idler-rollers are for applications unsuitable for metallic cam followers. The composite tread and bearing unit, sized for direct replacement of conventional cam followers, includes a threaded steel mounting stud. There are no internal rolling elements, no need for lubrication, and no seals to contain lubrication. The internal design eliminates the possibility of product or process contamination from lost lubricant, and with no needles, operating noise is reduced.
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.