The Advantage 800 series CNC controller combines a Turbo PMAC that handles
motion and I/O, with an industrial computer embedded in a TFT flat-screen
monitor. The fully integrated CNC controller communicates via USB or a
fiber-optic interface (MACRO).
"USB significantly reduces wiring complexity," explains Scott Gee, CNC
product manager. "All you have is a 110V plug for the monitor, a USB cable, and
two wires for the e-stop."
A "CNC Auto Pilot" simplifies programming, and advanced "Segmented Dynamic
Block Lookahead" looks out in time; determines if acceleration, deceleration, or
velocity parameters are in danger of violation; then alters profiles to prevent
it. "Most controllers use a static number of memory blocks for look ahead,"
explains Gee. "In contrast, our look ahead allocates memory dynamically. So it
can expand and contract as needed. This lets us alter motion profiles in time,
up to 30 sec before an impending parameter violation happens."
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.