NI’s CEO feels ease of use will help PAC take
Programmable Automation Control has become a hot topic in National
Instruments’ R&D labs. “PAC has the ruggedness of PLCs (programmable logic
controllers) and the software capabilities of PCs,” says NI CEO James Truchard.
PACs also have multi-function capabilities, such as logic, motion control and
many others, and they also employ as many industry standards as possible. NI’s
LabView software is “a superset of PAC,” supporting a range of hardware targets,
he adds. As part of the focus on this emerging field, Truchard is also
emphasizing a new thrust to make NI tools easier to use.
Researchers working with additive manufacturing have said multimaterial techniques will allow industry “to fabricate materials with combinations of density, strength, and thermal expansion that do not exist [yet].”
The term "multiphysics" is used to describe the simulation of multiple types of physics and their influence on one another -- for example, the investigation of the behavior of a chemical in liquid form will involve both chemistry and fluid dynamics.
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