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.
Parallax Inc. is known for developing the Basic Stamp microcontroller development board and educational accessory kits. In addition to developing a user-friendly educational platform to learn about 8-bit microcontrollers and software programming, it created a multicore 32-bit chip called the Propeller.
Researchers working with additive manufacturing have said multimaterial techniques will allow industry “to fabricate materials with combinations of density, strength, and thermal expansion that do not exist [yet].”
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