Application Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
Control System Safely Moves a Robot During Invasive Neurosurgery

Robotic devices have been used in the medical industry for more than 40 years. Despite the advantages, researchers have faced unique challenges in developing effective, safe...

Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Progress in Development of the Axel Rovers

Progress has been made in the development of a family of robotic land vehicles having modular and minimalist design features chosen to impart a combination of robustness, reliability, and...

Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
Compact, Lightweight Servo-Controllable Brakes

Compact, lightweight servo-controllable brakes capable of high torques are being developed for incorporation into robot joints. A brake of this type is based partly on the capstan effect of tension elements, which is described by the well known equation

Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Robotic Arm Manipulator Using Active Control for Sample Acquisition and Transfer, and Passive Mode for Surface Compliance

A robotic arm that consists of three joints with four degrees of freedom (DOF) has been developed. It can carry an end-effector to acquire and transfer samples by using active control and comply with surface topology in a...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control
Alignment System

PI (Physik Instrumente) L.P. (Auburn, MA) offers the F206.S six-axis Hexapod alignment system that provides 6D motion with 33-nanometer resolution and alignment software for optics and photonics components. The system...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control
Rail System

Thomson (Wood Dale, IL) has introduced the 500 Series Profile rails with an optional ball spacer carriage that reduces carriage running noise by up to 6 dB. The rails' design optimizes the surface interfaces between steel and...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control
Controller

QuickSilver Controls (Covina, CA) offers the SilverSterling™ controller for NEMA 11, 17, and 23 frame brushless servo motors; DC brush motors; and voice coil actuators, providing a 5A RMS continuous drive with 7A peak at 12V to...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control
Screw-Driven Linear Actuator

Bishop-Wisecarver Corp. (Pittsburg, CA) has introduced the HepcoMotion® PSD80 Profile screw-driven linear actuator with Herculane® wheel technology. Housed on an aluminum beam and fitted with a stainless steel...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control
Vibration Monitor

SKF Group (San Diego, CA) has introduced the Multilog Online System DMx, a multi-featured vibration monitor for conventional and hazardous environments. It can be directly installed within a hazardous area, removing or...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control
Brushless Motor Drive

DSC sensorless brushless motor drives from Koford Engineering (Winchester, OH) provide a programmable sensorless control for operation for 12- to 32-volt applications, with current up to 10 amps and speed of up to...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control
Grippers

DPGplus sealed two-finger parallel grippers from Schunk (Morrisville, NC) are available in sizes 240 and 300. A pneumatic drive with oval pistons and multitooth guides ensure the user precise gripping for production machine and...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control
Digital Torque Tester

The Snap-on Industrial Digital Torque Tester (DDT) from Snap-on Industrial (Kenosha, WI) features light weight and an integral transducer and rugged housing. It can be wall-mounted or used in a benchtop vise to allow...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control
Gearbox

Wittenstein (Bartlett, IL) offers the L-Version alpha SP + High Speed low-friction gearbox for applications requiring continuous duty with high nominal output speed and longer service life. Features include high maximum and nominal...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control
Tip-Tilt Stages

Edmund Optics (Barrington, NJ) has introduced the TECHSPEC Tip-Tilt stages for tilt control of both optics and mounting posts. They feature black anodized aluminum construction and are available in three stage sizes: 30-mm...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control
Servomotor Actuator

The Tolomatic IMA from Tolomatic (Hamel, MN) is an integrated-motor, rod-style actuator that delivers up to 3,300 pounds of force when equipped with a new roller-screw option. It incorporates a hollow core rotor and...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control
Planetary Gearhead

Portescap (West Chester, PA) has introduced the R08 planetary gearhead that delivers continuous torque of 0.05 Nm within an overall envelope of 8 mm. The standard gearbox is available from 4 to 256 ratios, which can be...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control
Magnetic Encoders

Baumer (Southington, CT) has introduced HDMag magnetic hollow-shaft encoders for direct mounting onto large-sized shafts up to 740 mm in diameter. Available in both absolute and incremental versions, the encoders provide...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control
Load Cell Actuator

Myostat Motion Control (Newmarket, ON, Canada) has introduced an integrated load cell actuator for device manufacturing and quality testing. Available as a complete solution for touchscreen manufacturers, the actuator...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control
Electric Actuators

Hayward Flow Control Systems (Clemmons, NC) offers EPM Series CE and CSA approved reversing, quarter-turn actuators. Available in both on/off and proportional control models, the actuators are designed for use with ball...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control
Step-Down Regulator

Linear Technology (Milpitas, CA) offers the LTC3615 4-MHz synchronous buck regulator that incorporates a constant frequency, current-mode architecture. Low-resistance internal switches enable the device to deliver up to...

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Tilt Sensor

The Fredericks Co. (Huntingdon Valley, PA) has introduced the 0737-1203-99 electrolytic tilt sensor with thin-film technology that provides inclination measurement with arc second repeatability. The sensor offers an angle range...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control
Brushless Blowers

AMETEK Technical & Industrial Products (Kent, OH) offers the Nautilair® 8.0" variable speed pre-mix brushless blowers that deliver a measured air/fuel mixture to optimize combustion and reduce nitrous oxide and carbon...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control
Electric Motor

DynaMotors (Cleveland, OH) has introduced the Model 56-2 DynaMotor, a single-phase, variable-speed electric motor for air-moving, pumping, and other applications. The motor features optional fan cooling, incorporates a NEMA 56...

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Inclinometer Sensor

TURCK (Minneapolis, MN) offers a single-axis inclinometer sensor for detecting angular tilt with an adjustable measuring range of 360 degrees. The sensor measures angular tilt in reference to gravity. It uses a MEMS...

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Air Springs

Advanced Antivibration Components (New Hyde Park, NY) offers V11Z48MPSB Series air spring vibration mounts that feature vibration isolation of low-frequency machines. The air springs use elasticity of air as an isolator, which...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control
Pneumatic Hand Pump

E Instruments (Langhorne, PA) has released the PHP 35/40 bar hand pump, a pneumatic/vacuum-generating unit designed for testing and calibrating pressure instruments. It features a pressure/vacuum changeover switch, which...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control
Shock Accelerometer

Meggitt Sensing Systems (San Juan Capistrano, CA) offers the Endevco® Model 7268C miniature triaxial piezoresistive accelerometer designed for measurement of short-duration shock across three axes and in three orthogonal...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control
Digital Torquemeter

The MCRT® 79700V digital torquemeter from S. Himmelstein and Company (Hoffman Estates, IL) has two ranges with independent outputs. The meter measures torque even if the ratio of peak to average torque is high. Such...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control
Rotation Stages

Newport Corp. (Irvine, CA) offers the URS50BCC and URS50BPP precision rotation stages that feature 360-degree continuous motion. The stages provide backlashfree, continuous rotation with MTBF up to 20,000, and low wobble....

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