The TD6000 Series Intelligent Operator Interface is claimed to provide a rugged, flexible method of displaying and gathering operator data and communicating with control systems. Both water and dust tight, it is compatible with hostile environments. Applications can be developed using a MS Windows-based programming tool called the Westamp Application Builder. An array of I/O devices--such as two RS232 ports and eight optically isolated I/O ports--allow for interaction with many control-system components. Display duties are handled by a 40-character, eight-line LCD that can show graphics as well as text with individual control over every screen pixel. Westamp, Product Code 4304.
Lithium-ion battery prices will drop rapidly over the next 10 years, setting the stage for plug-in vehicles to reach 5%-10% of total automotive sales by the mid- to late-2020s, according to a new study.
Two researchers from Cornell University have won a $100,000 grant from NASA to continue work to develop an energy-harvesting robotic eel the space agency aims to use to explore oceans on one of the moons of Jupiter.
Is the factory smarter than it used to be? From recent buzzwords, you’d think we’ve entered a new dimension in industrial plants, where robots run all physical functions wirelessly and humans do little more than program ever more capable robotics. Some of that is actually true, but it’s been true for a while.
A recent Design News-exclusive study proves that engineering professionals are at the very forefront of this push into the future and making direct financial, performance, and value impact on their organizations by being personally involved or final decision-makers on automation solution and component choices.
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