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Today, the pressure on automotive designers has never been more intense. Tighter operating budgets, shorter time to market and fewer resources in the test lab mean test and design professionals must think differently to meet their evolving challenges. What worked just five years ago, in fact, may already be obsolete and ineffective. So where do automotive engineers turn when the stakes are so high on completing their latest design projects?
After more than eight years of work, researchers at the Istituto Italiano Di Tecnologia (IIT) are bringing to life advanced robotics with the help of hydraulic actuation. The “HyQ” or “Hydraulically actuated Quadruped” was created to assist humans in response to emergencies and search and rescue operations in dangerous areas.
Performing pre-emptive, scheduled maintenance is the key to not only extending the life of your machine but also reducing downtime and ensuring quality parts are delivered over the long term. Long-term productivity can also be enhanced by decisions made by the OEM when a machine is in the design phase. This article discusses ten tips that are useful for both machine builders and machine owners to know about optimizing servo-hydraulics.
Electro-hydrostatic actuators (EHA), widely used in the aerospace industry, are opening new possibilities for machine builders because they combine the best of electro-mechanical and electro-hydraulic technologies. Moog developed an EHA (see Figure 1) that is ideal for many industrial applications and competitive with traditional hydraulic solutions, lowering energy and investment costs. This technology is now proven in some very demanding industrial applications and is generating increased attention from design engineers and machine builders around the world.
Fans attending the US Grand Prix in Austin on November 2nd, 2014, witnessed a completely new breed of Formula 1 car. Their first impression might have been the unfamiliar sound of quieter lower-revving cars, which has caused much controversy amongst ‘die-hard’ F1 fans. While appearing superficially similar (apart from the oddly shaped energy-absorbing crash structure at the front of the car), this year’s F1 cars are dramatically different under the skin. This is due to evolving technical regulations that encourage F1 designers to focus on new technologies that are more relevant to road cars—including techniques to improve fuel efficiency.
In autumn 2013, Moog surveyed manufacturers and users of plastic injection molding machines about developments in their industry. In this article, the most important results of the survey are discussed including the current needs of manufacturers and users of injection molding machines.
Many of the world’s most efficient power plants are now Combined Cycle Gas Turbine Plants (CCGT) incorporating both gas and steam turbines. Gas and steam turbines represent particularly demanding motion control applications because motion control is the key to machine performance, safety and ultimately the ability to supply power to households around the world. The application uses rugged inlet guide vane actuators and fuel gas control valves to provide the correct ratio of air and fuel in varying loads and ambient environments to ensure optimum efficiencies and minimize emissions. From a safety perspective, preventing leakage is also critical to reduce risk of fire and lower insurance costs.
Moog Industrial Group designed and delivered a high performance driving simulator for race car test and simulation for leading race car manufacturer Dallara. The company had been looking for a way to effectively shorten product development time and reduce the cost of testing and driver training compared to track testing. Dallara asked Moog, the market leader in electric 6 DOF (six degrees of freedom) motion bases, to provide the motion system with dome, steering wheel control loading, electric cabinet with real time controller and real time PC with Moog cueing software to enhance the performance of its driving simulator.
Moog D68X Series Proportional Valves have been established and proven in the injection molding machine market over the years. Today, these valves are routinely pushed to their performance limits to keep customers ahead in highly competitive markets. One high profile customer using this product is Sumitomo (SHI) Demag in their El-Exis Series of machines introduced in 1998. Sumitomo (SHI) Demag is a Japanese-German company formed in 2008 by merging the injection molding activities of Sumitomo Heavy Industries (SHI) and those of Demag Plastics Group.
Finding the right solution: Using market requirements as key drivers for technology decisions. In many cases, electric technology represents the superior solution for industrial applications, providing important benefits such as environmental cleanliness, lower noise, less energy consumption and high efficiency. As customers seek these electric-based motion control solutions for key industrial applications, a key consideration is choosing the right technology partner.
Whether it’s in material testing, structural testing, simulation or plastics molding, the servo valve plays a critical role in the performance of a hydraulic positioning, velocity or pressure control application. And with rising operational costs and increasing pressure on design engineers to achieve greater results in machine performance, it is critical to evaluate each component’s impact on the total life cycle cost of the machine.
New Moog Servo Valves With Fieldbus and ATEX Explosion-Proof Certification Used in Oil and Gas Drilling Applications, Revolutionary Ampelmann Access Platform Utilizes Moog Control and Safety Valves, Moog Innovation Prize Recognizes Breakthrough Virtual Reality-Based Dental Simulator
High Security Vehicle Barriers, Subsea Motion Control For Oil And Gas Exploration, System to test the landing flap systems for the new Airbus A350 airplane
6 DOF, Motion Controller, RKP Pump, Fuel Metering System for a Gas Turbine, heave compensation actuation system, slosh testing motion system
power generation, gas turbines, hydraulic actuators, speed controlled pump system
test controllers, bi-axial testing, subway train driving simulators, 6 DOF, motion base, electric actuation, servo drive
Brushless Servomotors, Fluid Power Trends, Helicopter Testing
Wimbledon's Moving Centre Court Roof, New Fastact J Servomotors
Moog Kinematics and Compliance Test System, New Welding Process
RKP, Oil and Gas Exploration, Electro-Hydraulic Servo Control Systems
New Moog FCS Test Rig, Moog Motion Control Technology in a Plastics Press, Fastact G-Series Servomotors
Moog helps sink a Building for James Bond, New Servovalve, Advanced Hydraulic Technology, Ask the Expert
Gas Turbines, Slip Rings for Wind Power, Axis Control Valves in Wind Turbine Applications
Solutions for Steel Mills, The D672 Servovalves Ideal for heavy Industry Applications, Expansion in the Asia Pacific Region
Advanced Force Control Technology, FCS' Flexible Smartest One Servocontroller, H2IL Simulation
All Electric Injection Molding Systems, Adapting Servodrive Performance for Blow Molding Applications, Ask the Expert
New Generation RKP, Manufacturing Improvements to Improve Lead Times, Product Spotlight, Ask the Expert
A short History of Moog's Involvement in Motorsport, Moog Components Group, Ask the Expert
Minimize Fatigue Related Accidents and Extend Operational Life, Car Wheel Bearing Test Stand, European Railway Train Monitoring System, Ask the Expert
Advanced Pressure Control Solution, Diagnostic Capabilities, Digital Interface Valves Series D941, Ask the Expert
Acquisition of ProControl, Environmentally Safe Products at Work, Motion Control Soluctions for Hazardous Environments, Product Spotlight, Ask the Expert
Unique Hybrid Solutions, Moog Luxembourg, Servocartridge Valves, Ask the Expert
Motion Control Technologies, Considerations when Selecting Drive Technology, DIN Modules, Ball Screw versus Roller Screw Technologies
Custom-Build Solutions, Digital Interface Valve, Ask the Expert
Product Design and Testing at Moog, Product Spotlight, Ask the Expert
Customized Solutions, Inertia and Motors, M3000 Systems, Ask the Expert
Intelligent Actuation Devices and Distributed Control, Product Spotlight, Ask the Expert