Introduction of a new bearing liner material--FrelonGold(reg)--in Pacific Bearing's Simplicity(TM) line of bearings has resulted in twice the load rating and more than 2.5 times the life of original Frelon-lined bearings. This results in 20 times the load rating and 270 times the average life as compared to standard linear ball bearings, the company claims. FrelonGold cuts friction from Frelon's average of 0.30 to 0.125, reduces the wear rate from 0.0005 to 0.0001 per 25 million inches of travel, doubles maximum load pressure to 3000 psi, and increases speed capability from 140 sfm to 300 sfm. Like all Simplicity plain bearings, FrelonGold-lined bearings are self lubricating, self cleaning, and can accommodate any combination of linear and rotary motions. Pacific Bearing, Product Code 4235.
Robots that walk have come a long way from simple barebones walking machines or pairs of legs without an upper body and head. Much of the research these days focuses on making more humanoid robots. But they are not all created equal.
The IEEE Computer Society has named the top 10 trends for 2014. You can expect the convergence of cloud computing and mobile devices, advances in health care data and devices, as well as privacy issues in social media to make the headlines. And 3D printing came out of nowhere to make a big splash.
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.