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.
Altair has released an update of its HyperWorks computer-aided engineering simulation suite that includes new features focusing on four key areas of product design: performance optimization, lightweight design, lead-time reduction, and new technologies.
At IMTS last week, Stratasys introduced two new multi-materials PolyJet 3D printers, plus a new UV-resistant material for its FDM production 3D printers. They can be used in making jigs and fixtures, as well as prototypes and small runs of production parts.
In a line of ultra-futuristic projects, DARPA is developing a brain microchip that will help heal the bodies and minds of soldiers. A final product is far off, but preliminary chips are already being tested.
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