Parker Hannifin released its redesigned P1M Swing Clamp Cylinder. This new design features gear-grade bushing made from stress-proof steel, which Parker claims allows for more torque and improved resistance to added/unintended stresses. The design also features internal transfer tubes, which allow for pneumatic ports to be placed on the same side of the cylinder in cases where space is a concern.
The clamp comes in 32-, 40-, and 50-mm bore sizes with stroke lengths of 10, 20, and 50 mm based on individual bore size. The adjustable arm can be set with clockwise or counterclockwise rotation and has reverse arm rotation. The clamp features different forces for the different bore lengths, ranging from 27 lb for the 32 mm bore unit at 29 psi to 371 lb for the 50 mm at 145 psi.
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.