Air-cooled heat exchanger (ACHE) drives can spin backwards when fans
are off but subjected to air movement across the fan blades. This is known as
back-drafting or wind-milling and can be dangerous. Technicians are often in
close contact with the drive, and in extreme situations bodily damage occurs
due to back-drafting. DraftguardTM anti-rotation device secures the drive from
spinning backwards during maintenance operations. Draftguard also protects the
entire system from extreme shock load which causes unnecessary wear of the
motor components and which can lead to belt breakage. Often design engineers don't consider the effect a drive which rotates
the opposite direction causes. Draftguard protects the drive from damage, or
other unsatisfactory events from occurring, when units back draft. The design of the flange plate allows
Draftguard to mount on nearly any bushing or shaft which eliminates the need of
retrofitting drive components. Gates Draftguard can be mounted to prevent
rotation in either the clockwise or counter clockwise direction. It can easily
be mounted on either vertical or horizontal shafts and typically fits within
the existing fan cage.
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.
Using Siemens NX software, a team of engineering students from the University of Michigan built an electric vehicle and raced in the 2013 Bridgestone World Solar Challenge. One of those students blogged for Design News throughout the race.
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.
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.