This cylinder design promises precise rod alignment with almost no rod endplay for guided linear motion, permitting less than 1/3 of a degree of rotation. The rectangular body makes mounting easier, saves space in multiple applications, and makes precise angles a breeze. It has twice the force of ordinary cylinders of the same size, using two cylinders integrated into a single housing. They come in single- and double-acting models, stroking from 1/2 to 4 inches and all with built-in, fine stroke adjustment. They come in six bore sizes ranging from 1/4 to 1/ inch. Sensor switches can be mounted with integral magnets on three sides, and other pneumatic devices can be put on the rod end plate. They also come with options like End-Keep which locks rods if there is a pressure loss, and long bushings to accept side loading.
Truchard will be presented the award at the 2014 Golden Mousetrap Awards ceremony during the co-located events Pacific Design & Manufacturing, MD&M West, WestPack, PLASTEC West, Electronics West, ATX West, and AeroCon.
In a bid to boost the viability of lithium-based electric car batteries, a team at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has developed a chemistry that could possibly double an EV’s driving range while cutting its battery cost in half.
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.