Maxon Precision Motors' new "RE" series of motors use powerful rare-earth magnets and graphite brushes to eke out the highest torque possible in a 25-mm diameter package, Maxon says. As with the company's other motors of this design, the RE series uses a patented rhombic moving coil design to deliver long life, low electrical noise, fast acceleration, and high efficiency. The ironless rotor allows for zero cogging and simple, accurate control. Weighing 4.6 oz and measuring 2.1 inches long, the 25 mm motor is rated at 20W. Maximum speed is 11,000 rpm, and maximum efficiency is 87%. Maxon Precision Motors, Product Code 4216.
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.
In a bid to boost the viability of lithium-based electric car batteries, a team at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has developed a chemistry that could possibly double an EV’s driving range while cutting its battery cost in half.
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.