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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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Power-Efficient Design for Portable Electronic DevicesIndustry experts review recent advances in power management schemes and battery solutions for a variety of electronic devices. Access Webcast
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The engineers and inventors of the post WWII period turned their attention to advancements in electronics, communication, and entertainment. Breakthrough inventions range from LEGOs and computer gaming to the integrated circuit and Ethernet -- a range of advancements that have little in common except they changed our lives.
The age of touch could soon come to an end. From smartphones and smartwatches, to home devices, to in-car infotainment systems, touch is no longer the primary user interface. Technology market leaders are driving a migration from touch to voice as a user interface.
Soft starter technology has become a way to mitigate startup stressors by moderating a motor’s voltage supply during the machine start-up phase, slowly ramping it up and effectively adjusting the machine’s load behavior to protect mechanical components.
A new report from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) makes a start on developing control schemes, process measurements, and modeling and simulation methods for powder bed fusion additive manufacturing.
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