The SP + and SP + High Speed® series planetary gearheads are featured in a new 32-page guide from Alpha Gear Drives. The guide includes such technical information as data and diagrams on the gearheads' accuracy, acceleration, noise, and backlash characteristics. The new SP+ series has several new features, including noise levels lower than 64 dB(A), a high torque capacity, and a longer lifetime because of improved torsional rigidity. The SP+ High Speed version can run up to 4,500 rpm in continuous operation. To find out more, visit www.alphagear.com.
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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.