This module's user-friendly design is protected by industrial-grade ABS plastic. It has a built-in microprocessor, an address mode, LED data display, analog and digital I/O, and intelligent signal conditioning. It also includes eight different, independently configurable channels, online firmware update, a high noise immunity, and a power input range of (+10-48VDC). It has 1 kV surge protection on the power input, 3 kV ETF, and 8 kV ESD protection, plus it supports unipolar and bipolar inputs. It also supports a simple ASCII-based protocol, and Modbus/RTU protocol.
Advantech Corporation, Industrial Automation Group
Altair has released an update of its HyperWorks computer-aided engineering simulation suite that includes new features focusing on four key areas of product design: performance optimization, lightweight design, lead-time reduction, and new technologies.
At IMTS last week, Stratasys introduced two new multi-materials PolyJet 3D printers, plus a new UV-resistant material for its FDM production 3D printers. They can be used in making jigs and fixtures, as well as prototypes and small runs of production parts.
In a line of ultra-futuristic projects, DARPA is developing a brain microchip that will help heal the bodies and minds of soldiers. A final product is far off, but preliminary chips are already being tested.
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