2016
Machinery/Automation/Robotics

The IC Pump Station Anti-cavitation control unit works with a variable frequency drive (VFD) to end pump cavitation. Even if the pump intake is fully plugged! The IC Pump Station control unit “senses” cavitation and reduces the speed of the pump motor until the danger of cavitation has passed.

Installation is simple with only two one-time adjustments at start-up which takes about 10 minutes. When properly adjusted not only will the IC Pump Station control unit prevent cavitation but it can detect blocked filters on either the pump intake or discharge and reduce the pump motor speed – and the rate of flow – to end the cavitation condition.

If the blockage is ...

Engineers, OEMs and integrators have struggled for years with how to balance the cost of PLCs with their I/O needs, and Turck’s new ARGEE technology solves this challenge. ARGEE empowers manufacturers to add logic to compatible I/O devices without a PLC, driving down the cost per I/O point and increasing flexibility in control.

The ARGEE environment is accessible via an HTML5-compatible web browser, which eliminates the need for complex third-party software or licensing common with PLCs. Inside the ARGEE environment, the user can set condition and action statements that can be carried out by the I/O device. The application’s intuitive de- sign includes a flow chart, similar to ladder logic, which allows for easy programing by users of all experience ...

ATOM-1.0 Humanoid Robot Vision.

It is important in today’s modern age of technology to have pioneers push forward to reach greater achievements. The pioneer must have a vision, determination and not be easily discouraged by lack of project funding or criticism. Without great thinkers whose vision been before their time, where would our current technology stand.

Facing great challenges of pioneering new technologies can be a very painstaking process, not to mention the criticism that is usually part of what the imaginative pioneer must face from peers. One such pioneer is Dan Mathias, a Roboticist whose background entails Engineering degree in the disciplines of Industrial Electronics, Robotics and Control systems and 35+ years of building robots.

The ...

Humans are polluting our environment. One of the phenomena is throwing garbage here and there while travelling in public transport like buses and trains. When people travel in buses and trains they tend to throw plastic-paper waste (plastic wrappers, coffee cups) either in the vehicle or outside the window which causes problem for cleaners, and it makes the city/surroundings filthy. Dustbins are not mobile plus they have limited capacity.

The proposed design is a DUSTBIN SYSTEM which solves the above problems. It consists of mostly hollow pipe like structures. Dustbin inlets will be provided next to every passenger seat. These inlets will be merged in a common collecting channel (placed along the edges, under the floor), which will be ...

There's a delicate balance between innovation and efficiency. Remaining competitive in the market requires innovation i.e. new products and services; but efficient systems stem from consistency and minimal variation. Therefore inefficiency will remain inherent in any industry. But augmented reality systems mitigate the cost of innovation when implemented and provide unprecedented advances in work design.

MOST practices are highly subjective, time study data is plagued by observation error and bias, especially in processes with low cycle times. Retrieving data from workers is time intensive and requires meticulous observation and analysis by engineers that understand how to conduct a proper time study; and ultimately results have wide confidence intervals that can only estimate the actual process capability. How does an ...

The global population is growing at a compounding 1.3% rate. Society has begun to identify and work toward the need to maintain resource sustainability. A conglomeration of high school FIRST robotics teams will resolve these concerns with an automated renewable energy powered electric tractor, The Automated G. This solution will enable new agricultural production capabilities well suited to sub-Saharan Africa.

Innovation: The Automated G runs autonomously via an Arduino microcontroller, which can be activated at a click of a button. The conversion kit guides the tractor through a special form of GPS, called Real Time Kinematics (RTK). This allows the Automated G to have centimeter accuracy, which prohibits over-planting. Through the collision avoidance system and the lack of ...

How does it work?

All vending machines consist of two major parts: electrical and mechanical. Initially the customer swipes his/her identity card containing their unique code. This card is scanned by the RFID reader; if it is accepted then the electrical interface consisting of 8051 microcontroller, regulator 7802 and 7812 etc. sends the signal to the motor controlling unit and the motor which is shafted to the power screw starts rotating. This rotating action moves the book holder near the suction cups placed at the top end. When the book approaches the suction cup the vacuum pressure actuates in the suction cup and the book is separated from the stack. This stopping action is due to the presence of ...

In a developing nation with a large population, the agricultural sector has its own importance in terms of revenue and food security. Modern methods of farming are not economically and technically feasible with small farms in the country side. The proposed economical product facilitates the farmer by providing automation in spraying the fertilizer on their crops in the farms, increasing the productivity with reducing the working time and effort of manual operation.

Silent features of automatic fertilizer sprayer:
• With the use of ultra-sonic sensor and battery operated pump, given system automatically starts spraying the fertilizers in crop/plants presence and consequently switch off in their absence, thus minimizing the wastage.
• Well placed nozzles helps in uniform spray of ...

Auto BMS is a smartphone based baggage management system to reduce loading/unloading time at a very last moment during departures and arrivals. Airports are technologically advanced but still baggage loading/unloading is done manually by handlers. This is a time consuming operation and in case if a passenger does not show up at a very last moment baggage has to be again located and unloaded. This causes domino effect. Whole airport operation gets delayed due to a single luggage.

This concept will help to save time and money of airlines by saving loading/unloading time. Only boarding passengers and their baggage will be loaded. Passenger/customer can self decide whether to load his bag or not via mobile application and connected system. ...

Agriculture is very labor intensive field and one of the only fields where robots are not involved. Nowadays many industries are trying to reduce human labor by making robots and machines. A vision-based row guidance method is presented to guide a robot platform which is designed independently to drive through the row crops in a field according to the design concept of open architecture. Then, the offset and heading angle of the robot platform are detected in real time to guide the platform on the basis of recognition of a crop row using machine vision. And the control scheme of the platform is proposed to carry out row guidance.

Here we are designing a autonomous intelligent farming robot which ...

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