› Beckhoff staunchly defended its concept of PC-based control and stands resolute in its drive to deliver all the necessary components its customers need to realize this genre of automation practice. Beckhoff's mainstay in intellectual property is its TwinCAT software, but its newest foray into hardware development focuses on new servo drives which it says are optimized for EtherCAT performance. The two-channel drives will allow its customers to connect a greater variety of servomotors into Beckhoff-based automation systems.
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.