The XtraDrive uses patented NCT control technology to boost performance and stability, while its adaptive control structure automatically changes load requirements, eliminating the need for system re-tuning. Its non-linear technology gets no settling time, maximizing non-linear gain control. It has a cost-saving design that includes an integrated amplifier with an embedded 1.5-axis controller. It works as a stand-alone or can be run by an external PLC or multi-axis controller for step and directional input, analog velocity or torque control and networking capability. It is compatible with all brushless servo motor technologies, and users can choose motor, feedback device and other advantages. It is small enough to easily integrate into a new or existing servo motion system. Its options include extended I/O, Devicenet, SERCOS, MACRO and Profibus. It can be used in automated equipment in material handling, packaging, assembly, semiconductor, medical, optical imaging, telecommunications, military and defense, aviation and aerospace markets.
Altair has released an update of its HyperWorks computer-aided engineering simulation suite that includes new features focusing on four key areas of product design: performance optimization, lightweight design, lead-time reduction, and new technologies.
At IMTS last week, Stratasys introduced two new multi-materials PolyJet 3D printers, plus a new UV-resistant material for its FDM production 3D printers. They can be used in making jigs and fixtures, as well as prototypes and small runs of production parts.
In a line of ultra-futuristic projects, DARPA is developing a brain microchip that will help heal the bodies and minds of soldiers. A final product is far off, but preliminary chips are already being tested.
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