MOTION CONTROL: The new KEYENCE VW-6000 Series motion analysis microscope is the world’s first microscope with high-speed, magnified video capture capabilities. High-speed motion recording of up to 24,000 fps enables accurate filming of failures in moving targets which cannot be captured by conventional microscopes. Its space-saving size, portability and all-in-one design make recording simple for R&D on the factory floor or on a production line. The built-in light source and LCD monitor means setup takes just minutes as opposed to conventional equipment which requires considerable setup time. The Macro Zoom Unit with built-in lighting allows great flexibility of light coverage and observation at any angle. The Time Advance function allows users to record video at fixed intervals for targets that move continuously. Comparison of multiple videos recorded over the course of a few days will help to easily identify changes from production start to finish. Recorded footage can be edited and analyzed directly on the controller. The VW-6000 automatically tracks moving objects in recorded footage to quantify speed, acceleration, distance, angle and other measurements. Users are able to quantify and analyze motion, which was previously impossible. The VW-6000’s compact design contains the functionality to perform magnified observation and record still images.
Robots that walk have come a long way from simple barebones walking machines or pairs of legs without an upper body and head. Much of the research these days focuses on making more humanoid robots. But they are not all created equal.
The IEEE Computer Society has named the top 10 trends for 2014. You can expect the convergence of cloud computing and mobile devices, advances in health care data and devices, as well as privacy issues in social media to make the headlines. And 3D printing came out of nowhere to make a big splash.
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.