simplify the protection of bearings in VFD-driven
motors, Electro Static Technology has introduced the Split-Ring AEGIS™
Bearing Protection Ring with Conductive Epoxy Mounting. Developed for fast,
easy field installation without detaching coupled equipment, the new Split-Ring
kit offers long-term protection of ac motor bearings from electrical damage, safely
channeling VFD-induced bearing currents
to ground. The unit has a 360-degree circumferential inner ring of conductive
microfibers permanently secured in place by the patented AEGIS
FiberLock™ channel. The FiberLock channel design not only prevents
the microfiber brushes from loosening or falling out, but also protects them
conventional shaft grounding brushes, the ring is maintenance-free and lasts
for the life of the motor. It works with virtually no friction or wear,
regardless of motor rpm, and is unaffected by dirt, grease or other
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.