Accounting for 10% of the advanced motion control market, stepper drives are seeing an annual revenue growth from $140 million in 2001 to an expected $165.8 million by 2008, according to market research company Frost & Sullivan. Leading the charge is Parker Hannifin with over 12% of the stepper drive market, followed by Schneider Electric with 10%.
One way to keep a Formula One racing team moving at breakneck speed in the pit and at the test facility is to bring CAD drawings of the racing vehicleís parts down to the test facility and even out to the track.
Most of us would just as soon step on a cockroach rather than study it, but thatís just what researchers at UC Berkeley did in the pursuit of building small, nimble robots suitable for disaster-recovery and search-and-rescue missions.
Design engineers need to prepare for a future in which their electronic products will use not just one or two, but possibly many user interfaces that involve touch, vision, gestures, and even eye movements.
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