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When Mechatronics Meets Kinetic Architecture Uni-Systems engineers discuss their design for the retractable roof on the Arizona Cardinals stadium. The motor/Variable frequency drive combination needs full torque at low speed for both start-up and slow-down.
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Permanent-magnet synchronous motors reduce component count and include advanced design for very high levels of torque. Direct drive also brings advantages of high dynamic motion with essentially no backlash. Full Story Build a Complete Industrial-ADC Interface
Handling both 0 to 10V and 0- to 20-mA inputs, this circuit digitizes the inputs and feeds a low-cost microcontroller. The design works well for engineers requiring complete, isolated, and robust analog-signal interfaces. Full Story Robots Boast a New Sensitivity
Advanced force control and machine vision give robots a finer sense of touch for precise applications in assembly and manufacturing. One system can sense forces in six axes with a sensitivity of +/- 2.5 Newtons.
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Take a look at technology solutions that combine motion controllers, drives, PLCs and HMIs into more and more tightly integrated designs. The key enablers: increases in processing power and distributed intelligence. Full Story Leading Indicators in Systems Engineering
The International Council on Systems Engineering offers a new guide for evaluating the factors most important to systems design. These “leading indicators” aid leadership in delivering value to customers. Full Story Automated Guided Vehicles Get Smarter
New designs integrate multiple types of sensors, such as wheel encoders, laser scanners and tactile sensors. Result: Robots that automatically navigate around obstacles while moving to their programmed destinations. Full Story
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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.