SENSORS: A broad IR spectrum and wide temperature sensing range from 32 to 2,462F (0 to 1,350C) enable the FT to be used for a variety of applications. The ability to measure IR from distances of up to 3,000 mm (roughly 10 ft) means the sensor head can be mounted far away from harsh environments. An optional air purge enclosure will eliminate dust buildup, increasing sensor stability and decreasing process downtime. The ergonomically designed amplifiers can be panel mounted for easy temperature viewing and setup, or cabinet mounted on a DIN rail. A high-speed response of 10 ms makes the FT the fastest in its class. Combined with a 1.5 mm field of view, the FT-H10 sensor is perfect for thin, fast-moving targets including heat seals, hot melts, heat-treated or hot formed parts. Two visible laser pointers clearly indicate the sensor’s field of view, further simplifying installation. The FT sensors offer multiple functions that expand the scope of applications. The analog output (4-20 mA) can be easily scaled to a user-defined range. Up to four sets of discrete upper and lower-limit outputs and emissivities can be stored to simplify product changeover.
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.