MOTION CONTROL: All B&R products prove their high level of functionality and reliability within the framework of an acceptance test by Underwriters Laboratories (UL) in the U.S. In addition to meeting all criteria for UL-compliant construction, the new automation components distinguish themselves through a high level of durability even in the harshest operating conditions.
More than 100 new components went through a strict safety inspection for UL certification. The numerous stress tests include temperature and high-voltage tests, among others. Simulation of technical defects on components is part of the main requirements during UL testing.
B&R’s new servo drives also meet the strict test criteria. Thanks to a new cooling concept, the products offer a great deal of construction freedom. Cold plate mounting is available in addition to wall and feed-through mounting. This cooling concept saves money and guarantees the highest level of reliability even in the harshest environmental conditions.
The newly listed X20 SafeIOs also provide top performance and high reliability in harsh industrial environments. The I/Os are characterized by a high resistance to failures under increased operating loads and can be used for centralized or decentralized tasks.
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.
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.