This new software allows 3D factory structure and equipment design, working with installed versions of AutoCAD 2000, 2000i, 2002, 2004 and 2005. The update comes enhanced with three software modules that cover all of Rexroth's assembly products. The MASsoft module offers wall and ceiling profiles and connectors and new lean roller section components for easier manufacturing workstation layouts. The MGEsoft module offers enhanced CAD support of aluminum framing with improved Special Finish functionality, a new and improved "look and feel" interface and an automated 3D export functionality. The latter is for third-party, 3D software users to save FMSsoft modules in .sat format, and open them as 3D solids. The third module, TSsoft, adds to the TS4plus conveyor products with new positioning units like leg site, plus easy-to-use macros that draw entire conveyor systems using user-specified parameters. TSsoft also has pallets and leg sets for VarioFlow and TS1 conveyors, plus carousel drives, locate units, pallet transfer kits, pallet divert modules and pallet merge kits for VarioVlow. Users can get immediate pricing and ordering for FMSsoft-generated aluminum framing parts lists through a built-in Web link. The software, free for download for Rexroth customers, includes bending and load analysis tools, ergonomics analysis functions for workstations designed with the software and human models from the fifth percentile female worker to the 95th percentile male.
New versions of BASF's Ecovio line are both compostable and designed for either injection molding or thermoforming. These combinations are becoming more common for the single-use bioplastics used in food service and food packaging applications, but are still not widely available.
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 radio show will show what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.