Harmonic Drive's CSF-XHF Size 11 gearhead gives 1.5 arc-min positional accuracy in a 43 (square) x 38-mm long package. With a rated torque of 44 inches-lb and a maximum torque of 221 inches-lb, it has a flange output to allow for a compact axial length, and comes in gear ratios of 30, 50 and 100:1. The input of the gearhead provides a direct connection to any motor.
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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.