› 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.
What should be the perception of a product’s real-world performance with regard to the published spec sheet? While it is easy to assume that the product will operate according to spec, what variables should be considered, and is that a designer obligation or a customer responsibility? Or both?
Biomimicry has already found its way into the development of robots and new materials, with researchers studying animals and nature to come up with new innovations. Now thanks to researchers in Boston, biomimicry could even inform the future of electrical networks for next-generation displays.
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