The Omnibot has been designed to
clean, sanitize, disinfect, coat and seal all types of Heating, Ventilation and
Air Conditioning (HVAC) ducts internally - from sizes of 15 x 12 inches to 48 x
48 in one single pass. Larger ducts can be handled by multiple passes and a
subset of the system may be used to clean, sanitize, disinfect, coat and seal
vertical shafts in multistory buildings and high rises. The system can handle
800 foot vertical ducts with access only to the bottom and top of the duct.
Most buildings - commercial, industrial and government - have substantial HVAC
duct leakage. To combat duct leakage, design engineers have an increased focus
on installation issues thus making it more challenging to design cost effective
and energy efficient HVAC systems. The company says the Omnibot provides a
powerful solution for nosocomial infection management in hospitals. It allows
for complete source removal with the ability to chemically treat the internal
duct surfaces for clean room or infection control purposes. These capabilities
let design engineers focus on optimal function and cost effective designs as
the number of constraints are drastically reduced. Although there are several HVAC robotic
manufacturers, the company says its designs are the only ones with fully
digital video, recording and controls. This allows system miniaturization and
one-hand operation so the operator may work efficient while staying OSHA
compliant. The patent pending even-application and self-centering capabilities
are other important differentiation factors that reduce chemical usage by 40 percent.
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.