Even when brand new, today's top-of-the-line industrial robots can experience disturbingly high failure rates, triggering downtime costing thousands, even tens of thousands of dollars per minute. Often, the cause is defective or prematurely worn hoses or cables.
Why an encoder can make your machine or process better. Editor's Note: Jeff Christensen is director of feedback business for Danaher's Industrial Controls Group.
The decision to automate came down to cost," says Tim Roskey, business unit manager at Eagle Manufacturing Co. "The pressure from customers to cut costs and increase frequency of deliveries meant we had to figure out ways to be competitive.
Integrated predictive maintenance systems help manufacturers save costs by eliminating machinery downtime and unnecessary part replacement.
A high-performance, two-component epoxy adhesive, EP24 is said to cure quickly at room temperature and even faster at elevated temperatures. It even cures at temperatures down to 20°F.
Many of the recent innovations in fastening technology owe much to marketplace directives for smaller and lighter packages that can be produced quickly and cost-effectively. These demands dictate that fasteners work harder, smarter, and in more ways to advance product design and development.
The ServoStep, featuring SmartMotor technology, is an integrated motion control system designed around step motor technology. It features a high-torque, 50-pole step motor, motion controller, drive-amplifier, and encoder in one integrated system. The first release is a NEMA 34 frame size ServoStep.
The ServoTube actuator is a linear motor "reincarnated" as a powerful industrial pusher/puller.
A new version of the Series 59 microprocessor-based temperature controller features enhanced flexibility and options, making it a versatile, accurate heating/cooling control that can be tailored to be designed into a broad array of OEM applications.
A programmable motion control stepper drive, designated the D404, uses constant current bipolar chopping with onboard programmability to effectively drive and control hybrid stepper motor applications.
The new TG2300 Series NEMA 23 frame brushless dc servomotor has peak torque of 574 oz-in. for quick acceleration and deceleration of heavy loads at up to 7,200 rpm.
RF500 cables have been added to a line of radio frequency coaxial cables. These large, low-loss, 50-ohm coaxial cables are precisely engineered for high transmission quality and reliability. They also meet industry size standards with diameters of 0.5 in.
The QuantrolT Peel Test System is a turnkey testing system designed to verify the peel strength of packaging seals. The system integrates the SnapShot motorized test stand, the advanced force gauge (AFG) and spring-loaded roller grips for attachment to the test specimens.
The new 8 GHz bandwidth TDS6000B Digital Storage Oscilloscope (DSO) Series features signal fidelity with Pinpoint triggering, four channels of concurrent high resolution waveform capture, and a new differential probing solution using IBM's Silicon Germanium (7HP SiGe) technology.
A new line of WaveSurfer digital oscilloscopes contains bright 10.4 in. SVGA touchscreen displays that are said to be 250 percent larger than other oscilloscopes in this class. The units are 6 in. deep and have a small footprint, so location on a bench is easy.