AutomationDirect's NITRA pneumatic product line now includes a series of compact stainless steel,
round body cylinders. The C-series cylinders feature type 304 stainless steel
bodies with anodized aluminum alloy heads. The type 303 stainless piston rod is
equipped with Buna "N" o-ring rod seals and sintered bronze rod bushings. The
double-acting cylinders are available in 9/16 inch to three inch bore sizes and
stroke lengths from 0.25 inch to four inches. Optional clevis brackets and rod
eyes are also available. Backed with a two-year warranty, C-series compact
cylinders start at $33.
Are they robots or androids? We're not exactly sure. Each talking, gesturing Geminoid looks exactly like a real individual, starting with their creator, professor Hiroshi Ishiguro of Osaka University in Japan.
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.