MOTION CONTROL: Lenze-ac Tech announced the release of additional I/O modules for SMVector NEMA 1 and NEMA 4X Inverters. Available in two configurations, ESVZAL0 and ESVZAL1, the modules supplement the standard I/O functions by providing one programmable form C relay output (ESVZAL0) or one programmable form C relay output and 2 programmable digital inputs (ESVZAL1).
The I/O modules do not add to the overall size of the SMVector inverter as they fit right into the SMVector inverter terminal cover, allowing for easy field installation.
The SMVector inverter drive provides four modes of operation—V/Hz, Enhanced V/Hz, Vector Speed and Torque —plus high starting torque, auto-tuning, advanced low-speed control and dynamic speed regulation.
Lenze-AC Tech develops, manufactures, markets and supports a complete range of motion control solutions, including servo drives and motors, clutches and brakes, gears and gear motors and variable frequency ac motor drives. Lenze-AC Tech’s portfolio of ac drive products extends from some of the world’s smallest sub-micro drives up through large, 500 hp.
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.