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.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s recent backup camera mandate could open the door to more vehicle innovations, including better graphical displays, 360-degree camera views, and the increased use of Ethernet.
With support from National Instruments, a group of dedicated students from Connally High School in Austin, where more than 50% of the students are at risk of not graduating, have created a successful robotics team that is competing in the FIRST World Championships.
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