Parker Hannifin's new PROmech™ Series linear actuators come completely assembled and tested and include linear bearings, drive screw, thrust bearings, motor mount, coupling and motor. Targeted Life Sciences applications include microplate or slide handling, analytical and diagnostic instruments, optics positioning and syringe pumps. The LP28 linear actuator is designed for payloads of less than five lbs and has a miniature cross section at 28 x 28mm with travels that range from 5 to 500mm. The LD28 is a linear thrusting mechanism for applications requiring 10 lbs of thrust or less in a compact package. It has a miniature cross section at 28 x 28mm with travels that range from 5 to 250mm, depending on speed and thrust requirements. For more information, go to http://rbi.ims.ca/4922-508.
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.
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.