Pittman unveiled the ELCOM(reg) II series 4400 slotless, brushless dc motors that combine brushless longevity and slotless performance with low-cost brush manufacturability ...Oriental Motor introduced its "World Standard Series" ac motors that are compatible with the voltages of all major regions and conform to world standards such as UL, CSA, CE, TUV, and EN/IEC ...Another motor on display was Thomson Airpax Mechatronics's new 15-mm permanent-magnet stepper motor ...On the controls side, Boston Gear added three new units to its ac motor controller family ranging from 1/4 through 30 hp ...And IMS's new 1.5-axis modular motion controller provides designers with distributed control and flexibility to expand as the system evolves ...igus's DryLin(reg) T linear guide replaces conventional rolling elements with friction elements that operate lubrication free in moist environments ...Other noteworthy bearing products introduced at the show include Thomson Industries' JIS (Japanese industrial standard) Metric Super Smart Ball Bushing linear bearings and pillow blocks ...Also at the show, Schenck Trebel introduced the VIBRO-IC "intelligent" machine monitoring system, which can learn a machine's normal operation behavior, anticipate when an abnormality is about to occur, diagnose the potential problem, and initiate corrective action ...And on the fluid-power side, Ingersoll-Rand unveiled new two-stage, engine-driven reciprocating compressors. Both use 9- and 11-hp Kawasaki engines for quieter, smoother, and more-fuel-efficient operation.
According to a study by the National Institute of Standards and Technology, one of the factors in the collapse of the original World Trade Center towers on Sept. 11, 2001, was the reduction in the yield strength of the steel reinforcement as a result of the high temperatures of the fire and the loss of thermal insulation.
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Robots are getting more agile and automation systems are becoming more complex. Yet the most impressive development in robotics and automation is increased intelligence. Machines in automation are increasingly able to analyze huge amounts of data. They are often able to see, speak, even imitate patterns of human thinking. Researchers at European Automation
call this deep learning.
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