MOTION CONTROL:AutomationDirect’s line of C-more operator interfaces now includes two new 6-inch TFT color panels with LED backlights. The base model EA7-T6CL-R panel is a 320×240 resolution QVGA display which supports up to 65,536 colors. The analog resistive touch screen supports unlimited touch areas, two USB ports, serial PLC interface (RS-232/422/485), and 10 MB project memory. The panel is equipped with an LED backlight with a 50,000 hour half-life. Additional capabilities on the full-feature EA7-T6CL unit include an Ethernet 10/100 base-T communication port, remote Internet access and data logging. Both panels are NEMA 4/4X, IP65 compliant when mounted correctly for indoor use. Backed by a two-year warranty, the panels start at $495.
Are they robots or androids? We're not exactly sure. Each talking, gesturing Geminoid looks exactly like a real individual, starting with their creator, professor Hiroshi Ishiguro of Osaka University in Japan.
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.