Vickers Inc.'s KB Series proportional directional valves are said to provide higher performance than conventional proportional valves. They are also more cost effective, more easily installed, more compact, and suited to the precise fluid power control requirements of the theme park industry. The KB Series combines advanced electrohydraulic technology with "plug-and-play" integrated electronics. Available in ISO size 03 and ISO size 05, the KB valves are rated at 350 bar (5,000 psi). The 03 and 05 size models are aimed at the high performance motion control market with bandwidths of 50-70 Hz.
Truchard will be presented the award at the 2014 Golden Mousetrap Awards ceremony during the co-located events Pacific Design & Manufacturing, MD&M West, WestPack, PLASTEC West, Electronics West, ATX West, and AeroCon.
In a bid to boost the viability of lithium-based electric car batteries, a team at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has developed a chemistry that could possibly double an EV’s driving range while cutting its battery cost in half.
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.