ABB Introduces New Breed of Safety PLCs
Product News 11/6/2013 3 comments The trend moves forward of safety controllers becoming more integrated with the overall control and software architecture on OEM automation machines. A good example is how a new breed of safety PLCs from ABB that combines advanced software to coordinate real-time motion with safety processing, along with redundant hardware, is helping to make this happen.
Full Flexibility in New Series of Turning Centers
Product News 11/1/2013 2 comments Northern Italian machine tool manufacturer Biglia recently introduced its multi-functional turning centers of the "Quattro" series with the Sinumerik 840D sl CNC. The mechanical concept, together with the scalable control, provides users with the most diverse standard turning and milling operations.
New & Noteworthy Products
Product News 7/5/2013 6 comments In the Design News Product Showcase, we’ve just posted some products from Grayhill Inc., SKF USA Inc., and Teknor Apex Company that need a little highlighting.
TI Offers Advanced Motion Control Software
Product News 5/7/2013 12 comments TI's new InstaSPIN-MOTION motor control software is aimed at taking the pain out of motion-control development by optimizing complex motion sequences, reducing tuning to a single parameter, and accurately tracking desired trajectories across operating ranges.
Slippery Material System Can Start, Stop Liquids
News 4/17/2013 14 comments A new material system invented by researchers at Harvard's Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering is continuously "tunable" for transparency and wettability: it repels water or oil to a greater or lesser degree as it becomes more or less transparent.
Maxon Releases New Digital EtherCAT Controller
Product News 3/1/2013 11 comments Maxon Motor has released a new compact digital controller with EtherCAT that allows for real-time positioning and high-speed synchronization of multi-axis systems, including robotics, automation, and mechantronics.
Opto 22's LED Dimmer Connects to Serial Networks
Product News 1/29/2013 6 comments A new dimmer recently introduced by Opto 22 uses pulse width modulation (PWM) technology to control brightness from 0-100 percent for 9-30 to control VDC constant voltage LED lighting assemblies such as lamps, bulbs, strips, ropes, and bars.
Siemens's Plant Management Software
Product News 12/17/2012 1 comment The Siemens Industry Automation Division has expanded its Comos software solution for plant engineering and operation to include enhanced functionality for modern plant management.
Truchard will be presented the award at the 2014 Golden Mousetrap Awards ceremony during the co-located events Pacific Design & Manufacturing, MD&M West, WestPack, PLASTEC West, Electronics West, ATX West, and AeroCon.
In a bid to boost the viability of lithium-based electric car batteries, a team at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has developed a chemistry that could possibly double an EV’s driving range while cutting its battery cost in half.
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.