New micro brushless motors from Sanyo DC Micro Motor Division feature a ceramic air bearing design and frictionless, quiet, high-speed operation. The design eliminates the need to lubricate with oil, which tends to break down over the life of the motor. A 20 mm-size motor is available, with a 14 mm-size model to come. The motor has already been applied in a rear projection television color wheel, because it runs at high speeds and temperatures and is very quiet. It is also suitable for medical applications requiring high-reliability where an out-gassing oil bearing might cause an unacceptable level of contamination.
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.