Positioning tables feature lengths of 8, 10, and 12 inches, and a straight line accuracy of 0.0007 inches/inch. Repeatability is 0.0004 inch, and lead accuracy is 0.003 inches/ft of travel. Lead screw options are available with leads of 0.1, 0.2, and 1 inch. Units can be shipped with a NEMA 23 motor mount and zero-backlash coupling, or less the motor mount for manual operation. The units also feature load capability of more than 100 lbs.
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.