The Electrak 150 is the first of a new series of low priced, quiet, linear actuators from Warner Electric. A key feature--and one that helps achieve an IP-55 rating for outdoor use--is the lightweight plastic housing made from recyclable material. However, on the inside and all-metal thrust system carries all of the load. They are available in three sizes with maximum dynamic load capacities ranging from 110 lbs to 450 lbs, and maximum static loads from 330 lbs to 900 lbs. Speeds of up to 2.8 in/sec are offered with strokes up to 16 inches. Other features include: a breather tube in the wiring harness to allow operation without drawing water through the seals on the cover tube; an anodized, corrosion-resistant aluminum cover tube; and optional potentiometer or optical encoder. Warner Electric, Product Code 4234.
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.