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Inside Look at a Mechatronics Team INVOTEC engineers representing a variety of disciplines give Design News a close-up view of the challenges they faced in their design of a laser-based material removal system.
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Learn how Axis New England, a system integrator, devised a programming method to boost the productivity of wafer-handling robots. A major key to the solution: Delta Tau’s Turbo PMACII Ultra Light controller. Full Story Engineers Trade Views on Mechatronics
Brian Muirhead, who led NASA’s efforts to land rovers are Mars, shares his thoughts on new system design approaches with top engineers from Siemens, Galil Motion Control and Colorado State University. Full Story Where Steppers Still Dominate
With inherent control simplicity and higher torque density, stepper systems offer a viable alternative to servo motion for lower-power applications, such as those featuring miniature motors and drives. Full Story From Modeling to MechatronicsEngineers at Japan’s Dainippon Screen Manufacturing cut development time on their flagship computer-to-plate printer with 3D CAD and PLM tools. Big savings on mold revisions sealed the deal. Full Story Brush Up on Control Systems
The University of Wisconsin offers an online course on building a practical control system incorporating a microcontroller or PLC. Also covered: logic, programming, fractional hp motors and sensors. Full Story Fastest Adept Robot Yet
Quattro, a four-axis parallel robot targeted for packaging and materials handling, can reach speeds up to 10 m/s and accelerations up to 15g. The robot’s work envelop is 1,300 mm with a 500 mm z-stroke. Full Story Still Plenty of Potential for IC Engine
Mating new technology with the conventional can yield big payoffs, says RPI Professor Kevin Craig. Example: A camless engine with an electromechanical valve-train actuator that adds six degrees of freedom to engine control. Full Story
10 Essential Technologies for Motion Control
Motion controllers have incorporated key technologies over the years to meet the increasing demands of high-performance applications such as profile cutting and wafer inspection. This document covers the top 10 key technologies that impact your high-performance motion control applications. Click Here.
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Robotics researcher Shane Migliore talks about his work on a robotic leg that has a human-like gate, as opposed to the trajectory-and-position controlled legs found on most biped robots. One key to the project: brushed dc motors that exhibit no cogging.
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New from RDP is the low-profile DR7AC carrier amplifier, designed to provide excitation and signal amplification for LVDTs and other inductive transducers. The DR7AC is compactly packaged for DIN rail mounting, which will prove the benefit to systems integrators and machine builders. View All Resources From RDP Electrosense
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Precision Control Thermostats from Thermtrol CorporationThermtrol Corporation | White PaperCompact precision regulating M Series thermostats offer a viable alternative in many applications to higher cost and space inefficient electronic thermostats. Featuring extremely long life and narrow reset differential, these snap action switches available at factory preset temperatures over the range of –10C to 400C. Calibrated on temperature rise or temperature fall to tolerances as tight as +/-1.5C.
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Are they robots or androids? We're not exactly sure. Each talking, gesturing Geminoid looks exactly like a real individual, starting with their creator, professor Hiroshi Ishiguro of Osaka University in Japan.
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.