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.
Sensor deployment in automated factories should be done slowly and conservatively, otherwise engineers may face the loss of hundreds of thousands or even millions of dollars, an Internet of Things expert will tell attendees at the upcoming Design & Manufacturing Show in Minneapolis.
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