MOTION CONTROL: For automated industrial inspection machines and vision systems, Baumer has introduced the GigE Trigger device designed to control single-camera or multi-camera setups, eliminating the need for hardware triggers and greatly simplifying cable requirements. Featuring multiple input/output ports, these devices can eliminate the need for PLC controllers by combining sensor information with machine vision applicationsWith eight inputs and eight outputs, the GigE Trigger device provides many connections for integrating light barriers, encoders, sensors and actuators and eliminates the need for a digital I/O card located in a PC. The GigE Trigger device itself evaluates input signals and provides real-time control of additional process steps. To trigger GigE cameras directly, these devices are equipped with a three-port switch—one port controls the internal trigger signals, the second port is connected to the camera, and the third port transfers the images to the PC. In combination with a GigE switch, the GigE Trigger device can be used to control multiple cameras and supports all Baumer standard GigE cameras or PoE cameras.
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.