The AccuSlideTM Model 2HB low-profile, pre-engineered, pre-assembled linear motion stage from Thomson Industries Inc. features prealigned AccuGlideTM linear guides and an integral preloaded ball screw assembly. Available with a variety of ball screw diameter and lead combinations, the Model 2HB can integrate with the Thomson AXI-PAKTM motion-control packages.
Rubber-covered conveyer belts from Aarubco Rubber Co. meet extrusion equipment production demands for quality assurance and equipment uptime and maintain consistent shape and size of extruded plastics, wire, or cable. The belts cushion, hold, and provide the least amount of pressure needed to pull the extrusion to prevent deformities from occurring. Because the belt is in direct contact with the extruded product, maintaining tight belt tolerances minimizes extrusion variances and assures consistent part quality, the company says.
Simplicity® self-lube square bearings from Pacific Bearing Co. create a non-rotational unit, eliminating the need for two parallel shafts. The bearings run on a buffed and polished 300 Series stainless shaft.
ECODRIVE-03 digital ac servo drives from Indramat are high-power, small-footprint drive packages that provide a performance/cost ratio for industrial automation applications such as stand-alone CNC machines and high-production transfer lines, the company says. Drive features include electronic gearing and high-speed registration.
New versions of BASF's Ecovio line are both compostable and designed for either injection molding or thermoforming. These combinations are becoming more common for the single-use bioplastics used in food service and food packaging applications, but are still not widely available.
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 radio show will show what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.