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.
Lithium-ion battery prices will drop rapidly over the next 10 years, setting the stage for plug-in vehicles to reach 5%-10% of total automotive sales by the mid- to late-2020s, according to a new study.
Two researchers from Cornell University have won a $100,000 grant from NASA to continue work to develop an energy-harvesting robotic eel the space agency aims to use to explore oceans on one of the moons of Jupiter.
Is the factory smarter than it used to be? From recent buzzwords, you’d think we’ve entered a new dimension in industrial plants, where robots run all physical functions wirelessly and humans do little more than program ever more capable robotics. Some of that is actually true, but it’s been true for a while.
A recent Design News-exclusive study proves that engineering professionals are at the very forefront of this push into the future and making direct financial, performance, and value impact on their organizations by being personally involved or final decision-makers on automation solution and component choices.
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