This encoder is made for harsh environments, with a temperature of operation of -60 to 150C, immunity to lightning, high-voltage static and plasma fields, and resistance to radiation. It outdistances copper encoder links by up to 1,000m, and is safe and ATEX compliant. With the MR310 Remote Encoder Interface Module, it has quadrature outputs, a quadrature multiplier/divider, 24-bit absolute multiturn encoder emulation mode, a RS232/RS422 serial interface, and two programmable analog outputs (4-20 mA and +/-10V). The engineering evaluation kit, including the MR314 and MR310 costs $3,495, and it costs as low as $2,500 in larger quantities.
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.