Auto Tuning Hydraulic Control Systems
Features 11/30/2010 Post a comment Automated tuning tools can be great time savers when used to optimize control systems. Knowing how to select the right auto tuning features for control system applications is critical to making the right systems design decision.
PACs versus PLCs
Features 11/16/2010 Post a comment The line between programmable automation controllers (PACs) and traditional programmable logic controllers (PLCs) is blurring, and continues to be re-defined both by applications and a set of key network connectivity, cost and programmability issues.
Automating the World's Largest NFL Stadium
Features 11/16/2010 Post a comment ABB's direct torque control technology plays a key role in moving the world's largest roof and video display. Lacking the level of control provided, the stadium's moving roof panels could wind up in the parking lot.
For industrial control applications, or even a simple assembly line, that machine can go almost 24/7 without a break. But what happens when the task is a little more complex? That’s where the “smart” machine would come in. The smart machine is one that has some simple (or complex in some cases) processing capability to be able to adapt to changing conditions. Such machines are suited for a host of applications, including automotive, aerospace, defense, medical, computers and electronics, telecommunications, consumer goods, and so on. This discussion will examine what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.