The speed could make target practice a lot more challenging, shooting the target would be very rewarding indeed. I can't wait to gear up on SmartReloader.com and give it a try some time, I'll make sue to practice until I get the chance to use the application!
The time for designing and building this actuator system is remarkable in itself. I worked with a client in specifying and building a Cartesian system using linear actuators. They were the heart of the system. In our case, we use the robotic hardware to dispense silicone; i.e. RTV. That project was completed in 2009 and we are still running eight hours per day five days per week. Remarkable reliability with very little maintenance needed. The controls allow us to program up to one hundred different movement sequences. All we do is change the tooling needed to capture the parts, input OP1, OP2, etc to select the program and we are off to the races. Previous to this, we had four workers applying the RTV and two in "pack-out". The device shown in the video is definitely representative of the versatility linear actuators bring to the party. Great post.
Not sure I'd want to see that kind of shooting game in a casino, but who knows. It is pretty amazing the roles they can think up for the technology that on first blush would seem totally out of the wheelhouse.
Good point, Rob. This thing is big. The one I saw was probably about six or seven feet on a side. It's a testimony to the company's engineers that they were able to design and build it from scratch in a month.
I don't know much about Rollon's casino applications idea, except that they see this as a potential modern day shooting gallery. It's just one of many ideas that the company is floating for this technology.
Jennifer, that is the scary part. There are lot's of police officers that are not really knowledgeable about, or proficient with, their firearms. Considering that these are so essential to protecting them, and us, this is a problem. It is not as bad as it once was, though. This device would make a great training system for moving and chaotic situations. I found in hunting that accuracy with stationary targets was no guarntee of success with moving game, for example.
There really seems like there is no end to what these linear actuators can be used for. I like the idea of law enforcement using them for training exercises - I'm willing to bet there are some officers out on the street that can barely hit a stationary target.
I could definitely see where this would serve as an application for target practice. Just watching and listening to those constantly resolving line actuators move is enough to make one's head spin. The fact that they are programmed to speed up movement once the targets are hit makes it even more of a challenge. I'm confused, though, Chuck, about the application you mentioned for casino games?
Using wireless chips and accessories, engineers can now extract data from the unlikeliest of places -- pumps, motors, bridges, conveyors, refineries, cooling towers, parking garages, down-hole drills and just about anything else that can benefit from monitoring.
With strong marketplace demand for qualified engineers across the board that currently outstrips the available supply, there may never be a better time for engineers and project managers to advance their careers and salaries. Whether those moves are successful in the short-term and long-term is likely to depend on how the transition from one job to the next is handled.
Focus on Fundamentals consists of 45-minute on-line classes that cover a host of technologies. You learn without leaving the comfort of your desk. All classes are taught by subject-matter experts and all are archived. So if you can't attend live, attend at your convenience.