The NEMA 23, 1.8-degree bipolar step motor has an integrated controller and delivers up to 294 oz-inch of holding torque. The unit has an input voltage range from 12 to 40V dc, phase current range from 0.3 to 3.0A peak, and microstepping capabilities of 2, 4, 8, 16, 32, 64, 128, and 256x. With its integrated controller, the 23CE provides stand-alone operation without connecting to a PC. Four Kbytes of memory store up to 16 different programs. The unit has two dedicated inputs: one for an optical sensor for homing and another for switch closure to ground. Programmable items include four user-configurable digital I/O's, software-selectable hold and move currents, and fully-programmable ramps and speeds. System-level enhancements come from an optional converter card for RS485 communication and the integrated encoder with position correction capabilities that operates up to 1,250 cycles per revolution (CPR).
A middle school team from Rochester, Mich., has again nabbed the grand prize in the annual international Future City Competition, which drew students from 37 regions of the United States, as well as from England and China.
The word “smart” is becoming the dumbest word around. It has been applied to almost every device and system in our homes. In addition to smartphones and smart meters, we now hear about smart clothing and smart shoes, smart lights, smart homes, smart buildings, and every trendy city today has its smart city project. Just because it has a computer inside and is connected to the Web, does not mean it is smart.
Are you being paid enough? Do you want a better job? According to a recent survey Manpower released just before Engineers Week, employers and engineers don't see eye-to-eye about the state of US engineers' skills and experience.
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