Since any controller is only as good as its inputs, sensors continue to play a critical role in advanced control applications. To address increasingly tough system requirements, manufacturers are tackling new designs on multiple fronts. From the semiconductor side, integrated sensors take advantage of the design and manufacturing capabilities in that industry. These sensors combine integrated circuitry with sensing elements to make acceleration, position, angle, speed, and gyroscope measurements, among others.
Semiconductor sensors cannot solve every sensing need so other suppliers approach sensor designs with different advanced technologies. These technologies including Hall effect, inductive, temperature, laser displacement, ultrasonic sensors, and photoelectric detectors to solve a variety of measurement problems. Some of these approaches rely heavily on semiconductor components, but the end solution is typically a complete electronic assembly. Programmable signal conditioner ICs simplify the design of those electronic modules.
On Memorial Day, Americans remember the sacrifices the US armed forces have made, and continue to make, in service to the country. All of us should also consider the developments in technological capabilities and equipment over the years that contribute to the success of our military operations.
In order to keep in line with safety protocols, industrial networks need to be filtered in a semantic way so that only information related to diagnostics is flowing back to the vendor and that any communications that could be used for remote machine operations are suppressed.
Advanced visualization can depict an entire plant in motion, while also detailing an individual workstation. Individual products can be rendered different for each discipline involved — marketing, engineering, or suppliers.
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