DIOCOM bus coupling for compact and flexible field bus modules makes it possible to connect a virtually unlimited number of actuators and sensors to different field buses, such as CAN, Interbus-S, Profibus, or SERCOS-Interface. If necessary, up to 11 additional modules with eight I/O channels each can be connected to the basic module with eight I/O channels on a 35-mm rail. After the developer has built a system with the 60-mm-wide standard modules, and tested it, the manufacturer can combine the individual modules.
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.