Most electric robots today use servomotors for direct-drive operation. While servomotors eliminate the need for clutches, brakes are still required to stop a robotic arm when necessary. One of the major risks of robotics — and what OEMs certainly never want to see — is an uncontrolled robot!
During a series of live presentations on Tech Briefs, industry experts answered attendee questions about powertrains. Two of the questions:
• How do you see the breakdown of powertrains in 2020?
• How do you automate data analysis of powertrains?
When you control the power of batteries and gas engines, you make the powertrain more efficient. When you make powertrains more efficient, you improve fuel economy. One group of technologies that can you help you better manage your vehicle’s energy: ADAS, or advanced driver assistance systems.
As the automated vehicle market grows, manufacturers need to choose drivetrains that offer the most flexibility and design freedom. A Tech Briefs article explores your off-wheel traction options, from complex power-transfers to common drivetrains that include a belt and pulley.
Replacing traditional steel components like drivetrains, suspensions, and transmission gears with lightweight materials such as high-strength steel, magnesium alloys, aluminum alloys, carbon fiber, and polymer composites can directly reduce the weight of a vehicle’s body and chassis by up to 50 percent.
In the Tech Briefs article, see for yourself how the CO2 laser welding of transmission gears stacks up to fiber lasers. Up-close images reveal how the fiber laser welding and CO2 laser welding of powertrain gears give essentially identical results: a deep penetration weld, good aspect ratio, and no spatter.
Rolls-Royce officials in London are using data gleaned from its Trent aircraft engines in service with airlines to optimize maintenance, service, and even product development. The power and propulsion technology provider is using IFS Maintenix from global enterprise applications company IFS in Linkoping, Sweden, to exchange data with airlines operating Rolls-Royce Trent 1000, Trent XWB, and Trent 7000 engines.
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