AZCO Corp.'s SUR-SIZE TS-54 is a compact
sheeter that can accommodate materials including films, foils, paper,
nonwovens, corrugated and rubber products. Place the roll onto the unwind
support and the material is fed to the traveling knife assembly. From a color
touch screen, the operator enters the length and the number of pieces and the
unit automatically feeds out and cuts to the predetermined length and number.
As the material leaves the unit, it exits to a takeaway conveyor for manual
stacking or the takeaway conveyor can be replaced with an optional stacker. This
unit requires 110V and air.
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.
The IEEE Computer Society has named the top 10 trends for 2014. You can expect the convergence of cloud computing and mobile devices, advances in health care data and devices, as well as privacy issues in social media to make the headlines. And 3D printing came out of nowhere to make a big splash.
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.