The 700 Series line of stamped, steel-ratchet clutches include two models: Model 701, which weighs 10 oz and can handle 85 ft-lb of static torque, and Model 702, which weighs 11/2 lbs and can handle 170 ft-lb of static torque. Custom models are also available. The ratchet clutches are for machinery indexing, manual backstopping of conveyor belts, or overrunning in dual-motor set ups. Clutches allow fingertip control of a range of motion: one-way left, one-way right, freewheeling, and fully locked.
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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.