Sigma-II Series ac servo drives are available in 32 different types ranging from 30W to 3 kW. Features include high response with load frequency characteristics of 400 Hz; a high-resolution serial encoder; a maximum rotation speed of 5,000 rpm on the SGMAH, SGMPH, and SGMSH types; and a settling time 1/3 that of conventional modules. These drives are for industrial applications including lathes and machining centers, metal processing and winding machines, industrial robots, semi-conductor manufacturing devices, and chip mounters.
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.