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Rotary Assembly Unit

The SCHUNK SRU-mini- Speed rotary unit from SCHUNK (Morrisville, NC) is available in two model sizes and provides swivel times from 0.27s. If lightweight parts are handled with the unit, more than 4,000 cycles per hour can be achieved. Model size 10 achieves swivel times of 0.27s, and up to 3,600 cycles per hour is possible. As an alternative to higher speeds and number of cycles, higher load capacities can be implemented with an unchanged installation space. As part of a patented damping design, elastomer has been combined with an oil-damped shock absorber.

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The Changing Face of Robotics

Around the world, customers in a diverse range of industries and technical disciplines are using Maplesoft solutions to rapidly accelerate their design projects, as they develop the next generation of products that shape the changing face of robotics:

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What Engineers and Customers Need from a Motion Control System

In the automation industry, engineers strive every day to advance their process and products. Engineers have to select components, learn and use many tools to construct their automation systems, and support the systems in production. More importantly, to be successful and competitive, they are faced with many challenges to achieve higher throughput and ease of use within budget and time limitations.

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The Increasing Use of Electrical Actuators in the Aerospace and Defense Industry

Hydraulic and pneumatic systems have traditionally been the market leader in providing power in the aerospace and defense industry because of their low cost and high power density. But in recent years, attention has been focused on the limitations of hydraulic actuators, including their weight, performance, and high maintenance requirements, as well as concerns over their vulnerability due to security issues and other risks.

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Industrial Robot

ABB (Auburn Hills, MI) introduced YuMi, a collaborative dual-arm industrial robot designed for small parts assembly environments. It features dual arms, flexible hands, a universal parts feeding system, camera-based part location, lead-through programming, and motion control. YuMi has a lightweight yet rigid magnesium skeleton covered with a floating plastic casing. The casing is wrapped in soft padding to absorb impacts, enabling the robot to operate in very close collaboration with humans. It has human dimensions and movements, and has no pinch points so nothing sensitive can be harmed as the axes open and close. If YuMi senses an unexpected impact, such as a collision with a coworker, it can pause its motion within milliseconds, and the motion can be restarted again by pressing a button. For Free Info Visit http://info.hotims.com/55592-300

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Air-Bearing Platform

Aerotech (Pittsburgh, PA) offers the PlanarHDX planar air-bearing platform for semiconductor manufacturing and advanced test and inspection. Structural elements were designed using a silicon carbide ceramic. The resulting material and structure enable 1.5-m/s scan speeds and 5-g peak acceleration with a payload of up to 20 kg for high-throughput processing. Other features include an air-bearing compensation strategy that increases stiffness and load capacity for high-dynamic applications. The platform uses air-on-air preloading in critical bearing elements, and a proprietary reaction-mass design reduces stage-induced forces in the step-axis that are transferred to the isolation system or structure (optics, sensors, etc.).

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3D Infrared Scanner

Aimess Services (Braunschweig, Germany) offers the R3Dscan 3D infrared scanner as an automated solution with direct connection to industrial robots. The scanner can be integrated into production lines to inspect dimension, shape, and position of objects in manufacturing cycles. The scanner was designed for inspecting objects with transparent, black, or reflective surfaces that cannot be measured with fringe projection systems (e.g. white light scanners) that usually require surface preparation with anti-reflective matting spray and the placement of measurement targets. The 3D scanner does not analyze the reflection, but rather the energy absorbed by the object to be measured. This energy is converted into heat, which is captured by the system using an infrared detector. It is also suitable for robot-assisted inline inspection of lightweight materials such as carbon fiber, glass fiber, and fiber-reinforced plastics. For Free Info Visit http://info.hotims.com/55592-318

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