MOTION CONTROL: A new white paper from Rockwell Automationhighlights the inherent dangers of arc flash, discusses the standards guiding arc-flash safety, and details the role that arc-resistant motor control centers (MCCs) play in helping to contain arc energy and reduce hazards.“Advances in Low Voltage MCC Technology Help Reduce Arc-Flash Hazards and Minimize Risks” discusses how changing industry standards are putting more focus on arc-flash risks, and highlights the key features and components of an effective arc-resistant MCC design. The paper stresses the importance of understanding the performance criteria that must be met before an MCC can be classified as an arc-resistant design.
According to the paper, an arc-resistant MCC is designed and built to provide a complete structural solution in accordance with defined industry standards. Arc-resistant equipment is designed to minimize arc-flash exposure by extinguishing the arc, controlling the spread of the arc or channeling the arc pressure and energy away from personnel.
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.