ELECTRONICS: Athena Controls Inc., an industry-leading manufacturer of temperature/process controllers, sensors and related accessories, has announced availability of its new, improved Series IMP Hot Runner Controller. Available in 15-A modules, the next-generation Series IMP continues to provide injection molders with new user benefits not found on any other competitive controller. Easy to set up and simple to use, the IMP Series now offers users an added feature - the ability to monitor and display average output current to load. Other improved features include automatic CompuStep® Soft Start and an enhanced display that allows error messages to be viewed from a greater distance.
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.