In the old days, it was common to excite the sin and cos windings with sinusoidal signals that were 90 degrees out of phase (sin and cos). Then when the shaft rotates, the rotor winding produces a fixed amplitude sine wave, whose phase shifts in proportion to the shaft angle. The control system must then resolve the phase angle of the rotor winding against a reference wave. This was a relatively easy thing to do with analog circuitry. The reference waveform could be the position command signal. The command signal to the actuator is then proportional to the phase error between the resolver rotor and the reference signal.
New versions of BASF's Ecovio line are both compostable and designed for either injection molding or thermoforming. These combinations are becoming more common for the single-use bioplastics used in food service and food packaging applications, but are still not widely available.
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.