Humphrey's latest cylinders are designed to be shorter, lighter and thinner than those of equal bore and stroke. Their flat pistons make them up to 40 percent thinner, and they have a 35 percent shorter dead stroke due to the block type end cap, which needs no mounting brackets, making for zero stroke dimension. They are light enough to not burden either the actuator axis or the stand, even with a Y-Z axis. They last longer and leak less, using high-strength stainless-steel bands. Lead wires for embedded sensor switches can be drawn out from a single surface through a cap groove on the cylinders' sensor switch tracks. They come with NPT ports and mounting options such as a shock absorber and F-tube supports.
Robots that walk have come a long way from simple barebones walking machines or pairs of legs without an upper body and head. Much of the research these days focuses on making more humanoid robots. But they are not all created equal.
The IEEE Computer Society has named the top 10 trends for 2014. You can expect the convergence of cloud computing and mobile devices, advances in health care data and devices, as well as privacy issues in social media to make the headlines. And 3D printing came out of nowhere to make a big splash.
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.