MOTION CONTROL: AutomationDirect has added supplementary circuit breaker terminal blocks and sockets to its Dinnector line of terminal blocks and accessories. The blocks are available in ¼ to 10A sizes and are sold in packs of 20. Terminal block sockets, available in 12 and 24V models with or without LED indicators, are sold in packs of 50. Also available are disconnect terminal blocks in 12 and 24V models. Sold in packs of 50, disconnect terminal blocks start at $74.25. Disconnect knife blades are available in packs of 50 for $21.50.
A new series of single and double level plug-in style terminal blocks are sold in packages with 32 blocks and four pin protectors. Prices start at $31 for single-level and $45.75 for double-level block packages. New accessories available include end covers, spacers, pin protectors and marking tags, as well as two-pole and three-pole jumpers. Thermocouple terminal blocks have been added in 50 and 300V models. Sold in packs of 50, thermocouple terminal blocks start at $119.
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.