Control Technology Corp.'s kit includes the enhanced Model 2601
Microcontroller and the Quickstep for Windows SE Program Development Kit, which
is the special edition of CTC state language for the 2601. Targeted at small
applications that require digital control and serial communications, the kit is
also a low-cost introduction to other CTC products.
Programs written for the 2601 can later convert to run on other
2000 Series CTC controllers by upgrading to a full Quickstep license, converting
the user's initial investment in application development and training. The 2601
controller supports 16 digital inputs, 16 digital outputs, 1,000 storage
registers, and a large collection of other internal resources. It can execute up
to 28 concurrent tasks in one program. The 2601 controller meets UL and CE
specifications and is available now.
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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.