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Motion Control Meets Medical Imaging Medical diagnostics OEMs are turning to motion control platforms that help contain costs, streamline production and deliver high-quality clinical images. A new generation of controllers offers “off-the-shelf” solutions.
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A Different Kind of Hybrid
Not all hybrids rely on electric motors, batteries and wires. Alternate designs feature a combination of hydraulic pump-motors, fluid lines and accumulators, and radical versions even eliminate the mechanical drive train. Full Story Automakers Rev Up Operating System
Japanese car companies are developing a new standard platform to build controls for everything from the engine to the entertainment system. The common operating system aims to reduce development time and software coding. Full Story Linear Actuators: Electric or Pneumatic?
Despite the rapid growth of electronics, pneumatics shines in simple operations that require fast end-to-end motion with little variation in speed control. Electric systems give users the option of easily implementing multiple program profiles. Full Story Simulating the Human ArmUsing MathWorks’ Simulink tool and the SIMM biomechanics package, medical researchers at Case University and the Cleveland FES Center designed a dynamic model of an arm and hand controlled by functional electrical simulation. Full Story Take the Worry Out of Torque Checks
Integration of an innovative MEMs sensor from ADI boosts reliability in measuring rotational change in industrial fasteners. The torque sensor, along with a strain-gauge bridge, is mounted directly on the turning axis. Full Story Introduction to Mechatronics
The book’s third edition by Colorado State Professors David Alciatore and Michael Histand reviews electrical circuits, solid-state devices, digital circuits and motors – all fundamental to understanding mechatronics. Full Story
NI LabVIEW 8.5 – Harness Multicore Performance for Mechatronics Systems
Unlock multicore and FPGA technologies for faster machine design and prototyping. Designed specifically for engineers, National Instruments LabVIEW 8.5 software includes built-in I/O connectivity, extensive control IP, and the ability to target embedded systems, which helps you complete machine automation projects in a fraction of the time it takes with traditional tools. View demos and try LabVIEW online.
Using Configurable Processors as Controllers This seminar will demonstrate how to evaluate your code for hot spots and then accelerate those functions using configuration options and the Verilog-like Tensilica Instruction Extension (TIE) language. Access Webcast
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Passive Techniques For Reducing Input Current HarmonicsVendor:Yaskawa | Type:White Paper Harmonics can have a detrimental effect on emergency or standby power generators, telephones and other sensitive electrical equipment. The present IEEE 519-1992 document establishes acceptable levels of harmonics (voltage and current) that can be introduced into the incoming feeders by commercial and industrial users. Where there may have been little cooperation previously from manufacturers to meet such specifications, the adoption of IEEE 519-1992 and other similar world standards now attract the attention of everyone.
XtraDrive® Servo System With Can-open OptionVendor:YET US, Inc | Type:Product BriefYET's XDA-CAN Servo System supports a wide range of functions based on CANopen DS-301 specifications. According to DSP-402, V2.0, drive profiles supported include homing mode, profiles for position, velocity, torque, and interpolated position mode. The XDA-CAN features a port with galvanic isolation to provide efficient noise immunity, a 9-pin D-type connector and a rotary selection switch for node ID supports up to 127 nodes. System achieves a communication rate up to 1Mbps. The drive's intelligence, capable of driving complex motion profiles, is based on a unique adaptive control structure driven by patented NCT (non-linear) control technology.
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ABI Research, a firm based in the UK that specializes in analyzing global connectivity and other emerging technologies, estimates there will be 40.9 billion active wirelessly interconnected “things” by 2020. The driving force is the usual suspect: the Internet of Things.
Just in time for Earth Day, chemicals leader Bayer MaterialScience reported from the UTECH Europe 2015 polyurethane show on programs and applications using its materials to help reduce energy usage. The company also gave an update on its CO2-based PU as that eco-friendly material comes closer to production.
Solar and wind energy are becoming more viable as a source of energy on the electric grid. For decades, the major drawback to solar and wind was that they’re temperamental. A cloudy day kills solar and a still day renders the wind turbines useless. Automation tools, however, are providing a path to help these renewables become practical.
In honor of Earth Day, the National Security Agency has launched the STEM Recycling Challenge in Maryland schools to encourage kids to think about where the garbage they throw out every day actually goes. The agency has also introduced “Dunk,” a muscular blue cartoon recycling bin wearing shorts and sneakers.
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