Indramat's DKR05 Intelligent ac Vector Drive provides the dynamic performance of a servo drive while reportedly delivering 30 times the torque. It meets the high performance needs of newspaper printing presses, converting machines, high-power machine tools, and high-horsepower engine and transmission test stands. The drive comes in models offering 150, 200, and 300 hp, at motor speeds to 2,700 rpm, and connects directly to 380/460V ac power lines, with regeneration back to the three-phase powerline. DKR05 uses the fiber-optic digital SERCOS interface to provide high-speed, noise-immune, real time between the control and digital drive, which further reduces wiring. Indramat Div., Mannesmann Rexroth Corp. Product Code 4365 (P)
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.