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Packaging with a Punch A compact mechatronics design, featuring innovative controls, gives Schneider’s coffee-packaging machine more kick than a triple espresso. The system can case, label and palletize the K-type cups at the rate of 280 cups per minute.
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Air Bearing Servo Writer SpindleVendor:ThinGap Corporation | Type:Case Study As the nose of an airbearing spindle revolves it creates a measurable asynchronous motion error. Since air bearing spindles for such demanding and close-tolerance applications as wafer manufacturing and handling equipment and servo writers require especially smooth velocity, a new slotless BLDC motor technology was needed to minimize cogging torque and torque ripple and deliver extremely smooth velocity.
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In an age of globalization and rapid changes through scientific progress, two of our societies' (and economies') main concerns are to satisfy the needs and wishes of the individual and to save precious resources. Cloud computing caters to both of these.
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.