Siemens Energy & Automation (http://rbi.ims.ca/4929-506) has introduced a new Human Machine Interface (HMI), the SIMATIC® Mobile Panel 277, which gives operators a high degree of protection, brilliant graphics and rugged industrial construction. The 8-inch touch screen offers 65,536 colors and 18 LED membrane keys. Designed for fast standard power up, the HMI can be powered instantaneously with an optional battery pack.
For safety-related applications, the panel provides a patented system that automatically closes the emergency off circuit. An integral connection point detection function assigns operator displays to the specific locations in the plant. User memory may be expanded to include both archive and recipe data. An integral acknowledge key and Profibus/Profinet connections are available as options.
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.