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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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Prying Eyes examines the clever blend of technologies that have combined to produce the most ballyhooed cell phone in history. The device integrates Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GSM cellular data and voice, along with a position sensor. Full Story Myoeletric Prosthesis Wins Design Award
A team from Mexico captured Freescale’s design challenge with an artificial hand featuring myoelectrics, DC motors and an 8-bit microcontroller. The design could also lead to sharp cost reductions in building the limb. Full Story Rx for Pharma Packaging Headaches
Learn how producers and suppliers are meeting the automation challenges of an industry famous for tough regulatory requirements. New isolation systems offer significant economies over traditional clean room production. Full Story Fuzzy Neural Control SystemsNeural networks and fuzzy logic can conquer control-system challenges that leave conventional systems helpless. Here’s a look at how they work, and how they benefit applications like high-speed image processing. Full Story
Reflective Optical Encoder Technology for Miniaturization This webcast reviews how optical encoders were successfully used in applications including pick and place machines, digital camcorders, printers, security cameras and miniature motors. There is also a selector guide of alternative encoder technologies. Access Webcast
Dive into Direct Digital Manufacturing Direct Digital Manufacturing (DDM) is taking place today. Knowing what DDM is and how to implement within your company is a competitive advantage in today’s manufacturing environment. Access WebcastView more webcasts at the Mechatronics Zone
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Why am I modeling? This in-depth tutorial on techniques and tools to predict model behavior both analytical and numerical and how they contribute to gaining insight into the behavior of a dynamic system. This includes a case study of the electromagnetic valve actuator.Watch Now. Webcast - Case Studies of Successful Mechatronic DesignIn partnership with Microchip, National Instruments and UGS
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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.
9950 Non-Contacting Rotary Single Output Hall Effect SensorVendor:Custom Sensors & Technologies (CST) | Type:White PaperPaper details Duncan Electronics 9950 Non-Contacting Rotary Single Output Hall Effect Sensor product specifications including temperature range, operating life, technical diagrams, dimensional data, as well as mechanical, electrical, and environmental specifications.
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What makes this movie stand out from the typical high school sports story is that the teenagers are undocumented immigrants, and the big game is a NASA-sponsored marine robotics competition. Like many other Hollywood movies, however, Spare Parts only tells part of the story. What the film shows -- and doesn’t show -- raises important issues affecting STEM education in the US.
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Load dump occurs when a discharged battery is disconnected while the alternator is generating current and other loads remain on the alternator circuit. If left alone, the electrical spikes and transients will be transmitted along the power line, leading to malfunctions in individual electronics/sensors or permanent damage to the vehicle’s electronic system. Bottom line: An uncontrolled load dump threatens the overall safety and reliability of the vehicle.
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