The Automation 3200 controller from Aerotech (http://rbi.ims.ca/4929-507) integrates the HMI and control tasks in one unified control environment to create an intelligent motion, vision, PLC, robotics and I/O platform. The 3200 offers software-only controller (NMotion SMC) capable of 32 axes of synchronized motion through one interface.
A distributed control architecture enables it to maintain performance independent of the number of axes being controlled. An intelligent network drive (NDrive) handles position and current-loop closure. Trajectory generation is done on the PC using the Windows® operating system. The PC executes programs and sends the incremental position commands to the NDrive via the high-speed serial bus IEEE-1394 (FireWire®).
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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