Engineered for OEM instrument manufacturers working to speed their time-to-market and reduce overall installed cost for linear motion axes, the company's PROmech Series linear actuators are meant to be a complete linear motion solution. The first two products in the series to be released are LP28 and LD28. They come assembled and tested, and include linear bearings, drive screw, thrust bearings, motor mount, coupling and motor.
A new service lets engineers and orthopedic surgeons design and 3D print highly accurate, patient-specific, orthopedic medical implants made of metal -- without owning a 3D printer. Using free, downloadable software, users can import ASCII and binary .STL files, design the implant, and send an encrypted design file to a third-party manufacturer.
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.