Providing positioning control for brushless, dc brush, or stepping motors, Aerotech's Soloist combines a power supply, an amplifier and a position controller into a single, compact package.
Available with as much as 30A peak current, the unit provides servo-loop autotuning, a digital current loop and a single-axis position-synchronized output (PSO). Programs and parameters are stored in nonvolatile Flash memory.
The Soloist can manage as many as four tasks simultaneously and handle variables and manage I/O for demanding production applications. It has high-speed position-latch inputs and advanced data-logging capabilities for laboratory, test and industrial applications.
Truchard will be presented the award at the 2014 Golden Mousetrap Awards ceremony during the co-located events Pacific Design & Manufacturing, MD&M West, WestPack, PLASTEC West, Electronics West, ATX West, and AeroCon.
In a bid to boost the viability of lithium-based electric car batteries, a team at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has developed a chemistry that could possibly double an EV’s driving range while cutting its battery cost in half.
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.