MOTION CONTROL: B&R Industrial Automation has announced the latest enhancement to its family of servo, synchronous and torque motors: the embedded parameter chip. This integrated chip stores pertinent mechanical and electronic motor data such as serial number, type, parameters and manufacturer specifications, making the entire power transmission system clearly identifiable in the application program.
The drive reads the motor data from the encoder. With this data the encoder automatically determines the current control parameters to guarantee optimal control of the motor. This substantially reduces the time and resources required for manual entry of motor data during commissioning; it also eliminates any margin for error.
Another advantage of the embedded parameter chip is that it supports automatic system configuration. Machine builders and end users can seamlessly field swap motors of varying performance without adjusting their program file or drive configuration.
The embedded chip acts as a thumbprint for motor parameters so they may be identified and confirmed. When troubleshooting a drive system, the ability to promptly verify the accuracy of motor parameters allows users to quickly eliminate the motor as the issue and focus their diagnostic efforts elsewhere. The end result is efficient diagnostics and reduced downtime.
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.