Open-bus technologies, while perhaps costing more initially, says Murray Death, InterlinkBT president, more than make up for that in labor savings. "Customers have reported savings of up to 65% on installation costs." And these benefits extend to engineering. For example, documentation and layout complexity are greatly reduced. "Complex wiring documentation is virtually eliminated," he notes, and during set-up, bus components can be mounted as needed during installation.
With less wiring inherent in multiplexed systems, set-up time is shorter, so processes go on-line quicker. There is less chance for wiring mistakes, debugging is less time-consuming, and keyed connectors facilitate "plug and program" versatility. A breadth of connector styles cuts installation time and reduces chances of wiring errors. Once a bus system is up-and-running, diagnostics pinpoint a problem before it becomes critical. And again, with plug-in adaptability, a malfunctioning component can be removed and a new one installed quickly. Such time savings give a higher return on investment.
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.