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.
New versions of BASF's Ecovio line are both compostable and designed for either injection molding or thermoforming. These combinations are becoming more common for the single-use bioplastics used in food service and food packaging applications, but are still not widely available.
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 radio show will show what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.