Fractional and integral horsepower worm-gear speed reducers are complementary to ac and dc motors, sub-fractional horsepower gearmotors, and ac and dc adjustable-speed drives. By combining reducers with ac or dc motors, a pre-engineered gearmotor package is available off-the-shelf.
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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.