Reell Precision Manufacturing's torque insert brings the smooth control of laptop computer screens to other areas without having to bolt on a hinge.
The ReellTorq patented constant torque inserts provide 360 degrees of shaft rotation with an infinite number of holding positions. The TI 100 series of torque inserts can be pressed into molded or extruded parts, reducing assembly costs. The TI 100 series is available with torque ranges of 0.2 to 1.2 Nm (1.8 to 10.6 lb-in) and 1.4 to 4.2 Nm (12.4 to 37.2 lb-in). They have equal torque in both directions, with lifetimes of more than 10,000 cycles.
The TI 200 series is available with torque ranges of 13.3 to 31.0 lb-in; and 44.3 to 70.8 lb-in. Both TI 200 models offer differential torque, generating a specified torque in one direction of rotation and only 60 percent of this torque in the opposite direction.
Robots that walk have come a long way from simple barebones walking machines or pairs of legs without an upper body and head. Much of the research these days focuses on making more humanoid robots. But they are not all created equal.
The IEEE Computer Society has named the top 10 trends for 2014. You can expect the convergence of cloud computing and mobile devices, advances in health care data and devices, as well as privacy issues in social media to make the headlines. And 3D printing came out of nowhere to make a big splash.
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.