The new SIMATIC® Microbox 420-T industrial PC from Siemens Energy & Automation is designed to handle both PLC and motion control tasks. Powered by the company’s Simatic® WinAC RTX software, the controller provides dynamic motion control and an isochronous Profibus DP interface. PLCopen-compliant motion control blocks are used to program curve synchronization, print-mark correction, path-dependent or time dependent cam control, and position controlled hydraulic axes. A Step 7 technology option (Version 3.0) supports configuration and parameterization of up to 64 technology objects, assembled from up to 32 axes, 32 cam plates, 32 cams, 16 probes or 16 external sensors.
Some humanoid walking robots are also good at running, balancing, and coordinated movements in group settings. Several of our sports robots have won regional or worldwide acclaim in the RoboCup soccer World Cup, or FIRST Robotics competitions. Others include the world's first hockey-playing robot and a trash-talking Scrabble player.
The DDV-IP is a two-wheeled self-balancing robot that can deliver cold beverages to thirsty folks on hot summer days. A wireless RF remote enables manual control of the device beyond the act of self-balancing. All of the features of the DDV-IP result in an effective delivery vehicle while providing entertainment to the user.
Eric Doster of iFixit talks about the most surprising aspect of the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 teardown. In a presentation at Medical Design & Manufacturing Midwest, iFixit gave the Surface Pro 3 a score of one (out of a possible 10) for repairability.
Focus on Fundamentals consists of 45-minute on-line classes that cover a host of technologies. You learn without leaving the comfort of your desk. All classes are taught by subject-matter experts and all are archived. So if you can't attend live, attend at your convenience.