Parallel grippers withstand harsh environments while providing part-center accuracy of ±0.0010 inch. Applications include welding, grinding, class one clean room, epitaxial wafer fabrication, and hard disk fabrication. Double seals and a purge system keep debris from internal components, allowing a life expectancy exceeding 10 million cycles.
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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.