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Unraveling the Confusion over MechatronicsCompanies are starting to make progress in bringing engineering disciplines together in mechatronics design, says Ray Hein of Agile Software. Among leading applications: robotics and disk drives. Full Story Mechatronics Boosts Productivity on KioskBoston Engineering saved time and costs, while improving design, by using higher-level computer tools for electromechanical design, modeling the controller and prototyping the system. Cross domain cooperation was a key. Full Story Savvy Tips on Servo Systems Electric servo motion applications require attention to detail in specific components and entire systems. Here are some valuable rules-of-thumb for inertia loads, proper grounding/shielding, and servo tuning algorithms. Full Story Automation Greases the SkidsCalifornia Dairies has installed two 4-axis robotic palletizers that can handle more than 275,000 lbs of butter a day. Equipped with custom paddle grippers, the robots must mesh with four in-feeding conveyors. Full Story Luggage Flies at Mock AirportSiemens supports a fully-functioning baggage system to test its family of automation devices. Included on this line, which includes RFID bag tracking: 2,000 meters of conveyors, 600 drives, 1,000 sensors and seven PLCs. Full Story How to Create Embedded Modeling ShortcutsDesigners are evaluating model-based development tools to deal with escalating software complexity. With built-in error checking and automatic documentation, modeling software eliminates many common mistakes. Full Story Delta Robots on the Rise?Patents on the original design are about to run out, so you can look for more variations of this versatile robot. The robot shines in applications where small loads must be moved short distances at high speed. Full Story
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A new service lets engineers and orthopedic surgeons design and 3D print highly accurate, patient-specific, orthopedic medical implants made of metal -- without owning a 3D printer. Using free, downloadable software, users can import ASCII and binary .STL files, design the implant, and send an encrypted design file to a third-party manufacturer.
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.