A modular system for Cartesian robots makes it simple to configure and add grippers, motors, linear modules and other equipment. The CamoLine, being previewed by Bosch Rexroth, represents a merger of Bosch and Rexroth technologies, according to Bashar Abdo, product manager. It also gives system integrators much more flexibility.
“Electromechanical and pneumatics can be integrated in one platform. Anyone can customize a robot with standardized components,” Abdo says. Along with common sizes and standardized positions for attachment holes, the modules include centering rings to simplify attachment.
Truchard will be presented the award at the 2014 Golden Mousetrap Awards ceremony during the co-located events Pacific Design & Manufacturing, MD&M West, WestPack, PLASTEC West, Electronics West, ATX West, and AeroCon.
In a bid to boost the viability of lithium-based electric car batteries, a team at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has developed a chemistry that could possibly double an EV’s driving range while cutting its battery cost in half.
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.