ABB Drive Operations has unveiled the "world's fastest microdrive," the ACS/140. The unit covers from 0.5 to 3 hp, as well as 230 and 460V ac, in single- and three-phase configurations. It can respond to input signal changes in as little as 9 msecs. Measuring just a fraction of the size of conventional PWM ac drives, the new ACS/140 MicroDrive includes firmware and software for commercial and industrial applications. Applications include: fans, pumps, mixers, agitators, compressors, and conveyors. It also features a standard PID controller for simultaneous control of an industrial process or HVAC application. ABB Industrial Systems Inc. Product Code 4364 (P)
Truchard will be presented the award at the 2014 Golden Mousetrap Awards ceremony during the co-located events Pacific Design & Manufacturing, MD&M West, WestPack, PLASTEC West, Electronics West, ATX West, and AeroCon.
In a bid to boost the viability of lithium-based electric car batteries, a team at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has developed a chemistry that could possibly double an EV’s driving range while cutting its battery cost in half.
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.