Motion Solutions Inc.'s
Programmable Motorized SplineRail Linear Actuator combines mechanical drive, guidance and
control. The system uses a Size 17 single stack or double stack stepper motor
with the integrated Haydon IDEA Drive.
Drive technology incorporates a custom designed graphic user interface for
programming through the use of on-screen buttons instead of complicated command
sets typically seen in programmable drive architectures. The graphic user
interface also allows the program to be "tested" using a line by line execution
feature for easy troubleshooting and modification.
SplineRail technology utilizes a Kerk precision rolled lead screw, supported by
bearings and contained within a concentric aluminum spline, driving an
integrated Kerkite composite polymer nut/bushing. The extruded aluminum spline
offers excellent torsional stability.
vertically, the programmable SplineRail can also be used to simultaneously lift
and rotate (Z-theta motion). With one motor driving the screw and a second
rotating the rail, a compact, self-supporting pick and place mechanism can be
created. Screw leads are available from 0.05 to 1.2 inch per revolution
providing a wide range of performance profiles, including self-locking threads
that can support a load without external power or breaks.
applications include pick-and-place mechanisms and robotic assemblies in life
sciences instrumentation, semiconductor equipment, business machines, packaging
and assembly and a wide range of factory automation applications.
The Beam Store from Suitable Technologies is managed by remote workers from places as diverse as New York and Sydney, Australia. Employees attend to store visitors through Beam Smart Presence Systems (SPSs) from the company. The systems combine mobility and video conferencing and allow people to communicate directly from a remote location via a screen as well as move around as if they are actually in the room.
An MIT research team has invented what they see as a solution to the need for biodegradable 3D-printable materials made from something besides petroleum-based sources: a water-based robotic additive extrusion method that makes objects from biodegradable hydrogel composites.
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