Animatics Corp.'s new Integrated Servos - SM2316D-PLS2 and SM2316DT-PLS2 - have added power and functionality over the company's SM2315D and SM2315DT, all with a lower cost. The new servomotors are complete servo systems with built-in controller, amplifier and encoder and they have undergone many enhancements, including higher encoder resolution (4,000 cpr) offering smoother velocity and tighter position control, enhanced trajectory overshoot braking functions that stop larger loads fast and new high-speed position capture input enabling < 5 µsec registration. Additional enhancements include programmable software over-travel limits that eliminate cabling, choice of absolute and relative CAM mode with CAM dwell and added RS-485 port for easy communication with external devices.
Lithium-ion battery prices will drop rapidly over the next 10 years, setting the stage for plug-in vehicles to reach 5%-10% of total automotive sales by the mid- to late-2020s, according to a new study.
Two researchers from Cornell University have won a $100,000 grant from NASA to continue work to develop an energy-harvesting robotic eel the space agency aims to use to explore oceans on one of the moons of Jupiter.
Is the factory smarter than it used to be? From recent buzzwords, you’d think we’ve entered a new dimension in industrial plants, where robots run all physical functions wirelessly and humans do little more than program ever more capable robotics. Some of that is actually true, but it’s been true for a while.
A recent Design News-exclusive study proves that engineering professionals are at the very forefront of this push into the future and making direct financial, performance, and value impact on their organizations by being personally involved or final decision-makers on automation solution and component choices.
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