Literature combines the Multiple Surface Clutch and Brake catalog, Tooth Clutch and Brake catalog, and the Electrical Accessories data sheet into a file-folder format. Also included in this folder are an application and selection guide and application data form. The literature describes 24 different clutch and brake models ranging in size from 3.2 to 21 inches in diameter with torque ratings from 8 to 12,000 lbs-ft. SEPAC Inc., 453 E. Clinton St., Elmira, NY 14901, FAX (607) 732-0273.
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.