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.
Lithium-ion battery prices will drop rapidly over the next 10 years, setting the stage for plug-in vehicles to reach 5%-10% of total automotive sales by the mid- to late-2020s, according to a new study.
Two researchers from Cornell University have won a $100,000 grant from NASA to continue work to develop an energy-harvesting robotic eel the space agency aims to use to explore oceans on one of the moons of Jupiter.
Is the factory smarter than it used to be? From recent buzzwords, you’d think we’ve entered a new dimension in industrial plants, where robots run all physical functions wirelessly and humans do little more than program ever more capable robotics. Some of that is actually true, but it’s been true for a while.
A recent Design News-exclusive study proves that engineering professionals are at the very forefront of this push into the future and making direct financial, performance, and value impact on their organizations by being personally involved or final decision-makers on automation solution and component choices.
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