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.
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.