The DIAX04 family of intelligent, modular digital drives provides high power in a space-saving, compact EMC-compliant housing. Features include modular drives, modular integral power supplies, and two motor lines that meet high-power applications. DIAX04 drives can control multiple types of digital motors, including standard, explosion-proof, and high-dynamic ac servomotors; permanent-magnet and induction linear motors; and both framed and frameless high-horsepower ac induction motors.
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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.