Machine Design was invited out to tour Bosch Rexroth’s Open House, which highlighted its Smart Factory Industry 4.0 technology. The system communicates with engineers and plant managers via touchscreen interfaces, and also with other machines that are connected within the network.
The manufacturing world has enough acronyms to make your head spin. So when marketing phrases come around they are usually squashed or clumped in with universal concepts like lean and continuous improvement....More
The next round of products includes a thermal interface material that also provides EMI shielding; a fiber-optic, linear-positioning sensor that doesn't impede MRI imaging; and a stepper-motor driver IC that reduces noise when operating at low motor speeds.
Ball-screw drives have long been considered noisy by definition. Companies that buy and use them are increasingly requiring that their machine tools operate more quietly to improve the work environment by reducing noise levels....More