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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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A Look Inside Apple’s iPhone
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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The engineers and inventors of the post WWII period turned their attention to advancements in electronics, communication, and entertainment. Breakthrough inventions range from LEGOs and computer gaming to the integrated circuit and Ethernet -- a range of advancements that have little in common except they changed our lives.
The age of touch could soon come to an end. From smartphones and smartwatches, to home devices, to in-car infotainment systems, touch is no longer the primary user interface. Technology market leaders are driving a migration from touch to voice as a user interface.
Soft starter technology has become a way to mitigate startup stressors by moderating a motor’s voltage supply during the machine start-up phase, slowly ramping it up and effectively adjusting the machine’s load behavior to protect mechanical components.
A new report from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) makes a start on developing control schemes, process measurements, and modeling and simulation methods for powder bed fusion additive manufacturing.
If you’re developing a product with lots of sensors and no access to the power grid, then you’ll want to take note of a Design News Continuing Education Center class, “Designing Low Power Systems Using Battery and Energy Harvesting Energy Sources."
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