These magnetic particle brakes have a hollow shaft, and don't need a precision alignment shaft for installation. They slide on and couple with a roll pin or integral clamp, a torque arm holding the brake's body still. They are used where variable, smooth slip torque is needed, such as in winding systems. Input current controls the unwind tension. Torque comes from magnetizing microscopic stainless steel spheres. A higher electric input makes for a stronger internal magnetic field, which creates higher torque that is independent of slip RPM. Hollow shaft brakes from 0-15 to 220 lb-inches. Larger solid shaft brakes, as well as clutches up to 300 lb-feet with 1,900W heat dissipation are available from stock.
One way to keep a Formula One racing team moving at breakneck speed in the pit and at the test facility is to bring CAD drawings of the racing vehicleís parts down to the test facility and even out to the track.
Most of us would just as soon step on a cockroach rather than study it, but thatís just what researchers at UC Berkeley did in the pursuit of building small, nimble robots suitable for disaster-recovery and search-and-rescue missions.
Design engineers need to prepare for a future in which their electronic products will use not just one or two, but possibly many user interfaces that involve touch, vision, gestures, and even eye movements.
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