Garage door openers move the heaviest moving object in your home, so it is surprising that the designers would omit a load bearring from the rotating object. However, it is still common to see metal on metal contact in consumer items. Ususally, the difference between professional and a consumer model from any manufacturer is the quality of the shaft bearrings.
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.