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®).
Siemens and Georgia Institute of Technology are partnering to address limitations in the current additive manufacturing design-to-production chain in an applied research project as part of the federally backed America Makes program.
Most of the new 3D printers and 3D printing technologies in this crop are breaking some boundaries, whether it's build volume-per-dollar ratios, multimaterials printing techniques, or new materials types.
Independent science safety company Underwriters Laboratories is providing new guidance for manufacturers about how to follow the latest IEC standards for implementing safety features in programmable logic controllers.
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