Power Panel 200 devices from B&R (http:// rbi.ims.ca/4929-508) offer the functions of a controller along with modular fieldbus interfaces and input systems ranging from analog resistive touch screens to keyboard devices. These products feature 266 MHz processors, Ethernet 10/100, serial and USB interfaces, plus a CompactFlash slot. Depending on visualization requirements, the user has the option to select either a horizontally or vertically formatted Power Panel.
Integrating control and motion technology, Power Panel 200 devices are equipped with up to two slots for interface modules for communicating to I/O points, intelligent servo drives and third party devices. Communication performance can be achieved in the less than one msec range. The Power Panel series supports CAN bus, Profibus DP, X2X Link, and ETHERNET PowerlinkTM connections.
Lithium-ion battery prices will drop rapidly over the next 10 years, setting the stage for plug-in vehicles to reach 5%-10% of total automotive sales by the mid- to late-2020s, according to a new study.
Two researchers from Cornell University have won a $100,000 grant from NASA to continue work to develop an energy-harvesting robotic eel the space agency aims to use to explore oceans on one of the moons of Jupiter.
Is the factory smarter than it used to be? From recent buzzwords, you’d think we’ve entered a new dimension in industrial plants, where robots run all physical functions wirelessly and humans do little more than program ever more capable robotics. Some of that is actually true, but it’s been true for a while.
A recent Design News-exclusive study proves that engineering professionals are at the very forefront of this push into the future and making direct financial, performance, and value impact on their organizations by being personally involved or final decision-makers on automation solution and component choices.
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