Tol-O-Matic SlideRite CR (corrosion resistant) gearboxes target packaging equipment with washdown requirements or operating environments where water or high relative humidity is present. The units consist of two 45-degree helical gears that mesh at right angles and achieve shaft speeds up to 1,200 rpm. The gearbox has corrosion-resistant electroless nickel-plated geared sleeves, keys and retaining rings as well as corrosion-resistant stainless steel bearings and races. A one-piece hard-coated aluminum case provides a built-in lubricant reservoir. The factory-lubricated units are leak-proof with floating operation in either direction on keyed shafts for long-term alignment. Operating temperature range is 0 to 300F. Recommended shaft materials are either alloy steel or stainless-steel for shafting with a minimum hardness of RC40 or transmission shafting grade such as 4140 or equivalent. For more information, go to http://rbi.ims.ca/4931-508.
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.