MOTION CONTROL: The MC464, the latest and most advanced addition to Trio’s Motion Coordinator family, is a multi-axis motion and machine controller featuring a high-performance 64-bit processor in a modular design. It provides OEMs and automation system integrators with a flexible choice of servo and stepper drive interfacing combined with a wide selection of Fieldbus protocols - plus programming flexibility that includes the company’s Trio BASIC or industry-standard IEC 61131 runtime. The MC464 features a 64 bit, 400 MHz MIPS processor with 200 Mhz DDR memory, a 64-bit integer position register and an extremely fast servo loop update rate capability. Axis expansion modules include two Flexible Axis Interfaces for four or eight axes with 16-bit DAC outputs and 6 Mhz encoder feedback. Flexible Axis Interfaces can be combined to provide up to 24 independently configured discrete wired axes for linear or rotary servo motor drives, open loop steppers, hydraulic and piezoelectric drives, with support for SSI and EnDat absolute encoders.
During a teardown of the iPad Air and Microsoft Surface Pro 3 at the Medical Design & Manufacturing Show in Schaumburg, Ill., an engineer showed this "inflammatory" video about the dangers of maliciously mishandling lithium-ion batteries.
Science fiction author Isaac Asimov may have the best rules for effective brainstorming and creativity. His never-before-published essay, "On Creativity," recently made it to the Web pages of MIT Technology Review.
Much has been made over the potentially dangerous flammability of lithium-ion batteries after major companies like Boeing, Sony, and Tesla have grappled with well-publicized battery fires. Researchers at Stanford University may have come up with a solution to this problem with a smart sensor for lithium-ion batteries that provides a warning if the battery is about to overheat or catch fire.
In this new Design News feature, "How it Works," we’re starting off by examining the inner workings of the electronic cigarette. While e-cigarettes seemed like a gimmick just two or three years ago, they’re catching fire -- so to speak. Sales topped $1 billion last year and are set to hit $10 billion by 2017. Cigarette companies are fighting back by buying up e-cigarette manufacturers.
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