Ongoing design changes can make it tough to size and configure
control racks. So why not go rackless?
Omron's CQM1H uses a modular architecture that supports up to 512
I/O and offers powerful PID and floating-point math instructions, and a data
memory of 12k. "Starting at $357, CQM1H achieves two times the power and
capacity of what we had before in the same size," says Product Manager Don
Sondermann. "And it let's users build and add on to the system easily as the
Targeted at applications that require communication among PLCs,
the serial communication board lets engineers use the protocol macro function to
transfer data between the CPU and external third party serial devices. Moreover,
the ControllerLink module allows data exchange between multiple Omron PLCs or a
PC via a ControllerLink network.
Robots that walk have come a long way from simple barebones walking machines or pairs of legs without an upper body and head. Much of the research these days focuses on making more humanoid robots. But they are not all created equal.
The IEEE Computer Society has named the top 10 trends for 2014. You can expect the convergence of cloud computing and mobile devices, advances in health care data and devices, as well as privacy issues in social media to make the headlines. And 3D printing came out of nowhere to make a big splash.
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.