Made for motion control applications such as scanning, lens grinding, and laser and mirror polishing, these stages have up to 50.8 mm (2 inches) of travel, with no force or velocity ripple. They have higher performance and greater stability than belt or lead screw mechanical drive systems, with an encoder resolution as low as 0.0001 mm (0.1 micron), acceleration up to 98 m/sec squared (10g's), and no moving cables. The voice coil stages range from 0-222N (0-50 lb) of continuous force and 667N (150 lb) of peak force. They need a linear servo amplifier available as a complete motion control system from H2W. Options include cross roller bearings, force transducer feedback, custom mountings, and complete custom designs. H2W Technologieshttp://rbi.ims.ca/4928-635
New versions of BASF's Ecovio line are both compostable and designed for either injection molding or thermoforming. These combinations are becoming more common for the single-use bioplastics used in food service and food packaging applications, but are still not widely available.
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 radio show will show what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.