MOTION CONTROL: WAGO Corp.’s IP 200 plotter bundles universal marking capabilities into a compact, value-priced unit. At 17.3 inch sq - half the size of traditional plotters - the DIN A4-size IP 200 marks all WAGO markers, marker strips and wire markers, along with cards from other manufacturers.The IP 200 accommodates two carrier plates, carries a USB interface and is compatible with WAGO’s EG 450 Engraver. This enables the IP 200 to engrave push buttons, legend plates and ID tags on plastic or aluminum components.
For custom marking, the IP 200 is compatible with WAGO’s ProServe design suite. ProServe combines design (smartDESIGNER) and marking capabilities (smartMARKING) with WAGO’s 16,000+ product catalog (productLOCATOR), streamlining the design process. Via ProServe’s smartMARKING tool, the WSIWYG-based interface enables creation of marking strips and print cards using a symbol library and a text length verification feature. The completed design is then output to the IP 200.
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.