This cover for the motor of Raymond Corp.’s 8000 Series pallet trucks has to fend off some bumps and bruises on the warehouse floor. And it has to look good while doing so. Mack Molding produces this rugged cover, which won the competition’s materials handling category, from a structural foam molded thermoplastic elastomer (TPE). According to Michael Hansen, a senior development engineer for Mack, the elastomer goes through a water-based painting process that allows the part to flex without harming the glossy cosmetic surface.
Are they robots or androids? We're not exactly sure. Each talking, gesturing Geminoid looks exactly like a real individual, starting with their creator, professor Hiroshi Ishiguro of Osaka University in Japan.
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.