MOTION CONTROL: B&R Industrial Automation has expanded its drive technology product spectrum and is now featuring frequency inverters. All demands of machine manufacturing are met with performance levels of 0.18 to 500 kW. This is an addition to B&R’s successful ACOPOS line of servo controllers, enabling them to supply a complete line of drive technology.The three series with the name ACOPOSinverter S44, X64 and P88 are equipped with serial, X2X and POWERLINK interface and fully integrated in Automation Studio. An additional advantage is easy maintenance because all parameters are saved in the CPU. This allows easier and more efficient commissioning of devices in the series production. The flagship product, the ACOPOSinverter P84, prevents the transformation of braking energy into heat via an optional regenerating unit or by connecting the dc bus voltage, making it more energy and cost efficient. “Our customers have often asked about frequency inverters, so it made sense to add this product to our portfolio,” says Hans Wimmer, managing director of B&R in Eggelsberg.
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.