The new Allen-Bradley Kinetix 7000 servo drive provides a safe-off capability integrated into the drive to increase safety and maximum machine availability. Tasks such as machine setup, cleaning, removal of jams and other typical maintenance tasks that previously required power-down conditions can now be accomplished without removing power from the entire machine. The drive output is disabled to eliminate motor torque, providing safety and maximum machine availability. The result is faster machine restart and shorter machine downtime. Safety connection systems, which reduce wiring and ease troubleshooting, simplify use of the safe-off capability in multi-axis applications. Automatic diagnostics and safety circuit status information are available at the Logix controller. The Kinetix 7000 integral safety solution is certified by TUV and meets the requirements of EN-954-1 Category 3 and IEC-61508 SIL 3. For more information on Allen-Bradley's Kinetix 7000 servo drive, go to http://rbi.ims.ca/4930-532.
Researchers have been working on a number of alternative chemistries to lithium-ion for next-gen batteries, silicon-air among them. However, while the technology has been viewed as promising and cost-effective, to date researchers haven’t managed to develop a battery of this chemistry with a viable running time -- until now.
Norway-based additive manufacturing company Norsk Titanium is building what it says is the first industrial-scale 3D printing plant in the world for making aerospace-grade metal components. The New York state plant will produce 400 metric tons each year of aerospace-grade, structural titanium parts.
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