ELAU has introduced the latest version of EPAS-4, its PacDrive Automation Software toolkit. The EPAS-4 Version 16 has a fully documented software template. Other new software functions include preventive maintenance. The new tool kit is for assembling programs such as building blocks, using the best aspects of all the IEC languages, including ladder logic. EPAS-4's new drag-and-drop template facilitates the IEC languages that are easier to program and visualize, especially in the various cases of servo machines.
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.