MOTION CONTROL: Sixteen I/O points in one 12mm-wide module make WAGO Corp.’s 16-point I/O Ribbon Cable modules one of the most compact solutions for streamlining control-to-machine wiring. The DIN-rail mount modules feature 16 inputs (750-1400), 16 outputs (750-1500) or 8 inputs/8 outputs (750-1502) and an HE10 ribbon cable interface. With the flat ribbon cable, the modules facilitate the use of pre-wired assemblies to minimize wiring time and errors. Additional project costs savings are achieved through one of the industry’s lowest costs per channel.
The 16-point I/O modules are compatible with WAGO’s interface boards, ranging from an LED-equipped 120V ac to 24V dc input interface board, to a 3.75 inch-wide, 16-channel relay interface board featuring 5mm plug-in relays. For additional voltage flexibility, the 16-point I/O modules can pair with select interface boards and connect to any voltage up to 120V ac - 6A. All 16-point I/O modules carry onboard LEDs for status indication and utilize CAGE CLAMP® Spring Pressure Terminations for field connections. WAGO can also design and manufacture custom interface boards.
As part of the fieldbus-independent WAGO-I/O-SYSTEM, the 16-point I/O modules readily integrate into existing WAGO I/O nodes and operate with all WAGO fieldbus couplers/controllers. Extensive monitoring and troubleshooting capabilities are provided via WAGO-I/O-CHECK software. They also increase the flexibility of existing Allen-Bradley® Controllers via WAGO’s free Add-On Instructions. The instructions enable users to integrate WAGO I/O, including the new 16-point modules, into RS-LogixTM 5000 systems via WAGO fieldbus couplers.
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.
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.
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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.