MOTION CONTROL: With its participation in the “Powered by Wonderware” program, B&R has expanded its options in the field of visualization software. The automation supplier will now be offering Windows CE based HMI devices, such as the powerful Power Panel PP320 and the two Panel PCs PPC300 and PPC700, with the pre-installed InTouch® Compact Edition Software from Wonderware. For the end users, this means Power Panel and Panel PC devices are delivered ready for operation. Wonderware performs an extensive certification process on all device types before they are released. The unique combination of software and hardware also guarantees user-friendliness and makes it simple to integrate into existing systems. The Panel PC 700 with an Intel Atom N270 processor is provides an especially powerful hardware platform able to handle the most demanding visualization 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.