AutoQuant is a Windows-based software package from MIDAC Corp., developed at NASA's Kennedy Space Center for the automatic collection, archiving, and real-time analysis of gas phase infrared spectral data. It is implemented by an advanced multivariate algorithm to provide quantitative results, concentration vs. time plots, and spectra, all displayed and updated in real-time. The spectra and quantitative results may be archived and exported.
The TSM9925 touchpad module for USB interfaces was developed by Cirque Corp. for applications in industrial, medical, portable, and high-traffic uses such as kiosks. Users can perform both primary and secondary mouse taps on its surface, eliminating the need for mechanical buttons in product designs. And the TSM9925 does not require software drivers.
Beckoff Automation LLC's TwinCAT software-an acronym for "Total Windows Control and Automation Technology"-is a PC-compatible hard real-time control, including I/O interfaces for 11 fieldbuses and PC buses (such as TCP/IP), programming interfaces, and built-in HMIs. It includes an IEC1131-3 Software PLC, and a software-based motion control package designed for Point-to-Point motion and interpolation.
The Windchill Factor! e-Series from Parametric Technology Corp. and Sun Microsystems is an out-of-the-box collaborative product commerce (CPC) solution that allows engineers and designers to share product information and manage product development with their company and across its product network. With its infrastructure of server-side Java™technology and a Sun™server, Windchill's Release 4.0 can scale to support 1,000 concurrent users, with power to spare, the companies say.
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.