The MC1401A version 2.3 advanced multi-axis servomotor chipset features electronic gearing capability and can control up to four dc motors simultaneously. The user-specified gear ratio can range from 1 to 16,384 in negative and positive directions with a resolution of 32 bits. This feature gives users the flexibility to change the gear ratio on-the-fly. A "master" input axis drives the servoed "slave" axis after going through a programmable gear ratio. Two master/slave pairs can be created on the 4-axis chipset; axis 3 geared to axis 1, and axis 4 geared to axis 2.
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.