This motor's integrated design puts the motor, frequency drive and embedded microprocessor board, including speed and position encoder, all in one device, allowing precise motion profiles with less auxiliary equipment. Three binary input signals allow up to eight preconfigured motion steps, including speed, position and torque, to be selected. Two analog input signals, for speed and position, can be used for more flexibility. A PROFIBUS interface version, with a CANbus in development, is available for multi-axes systems or installations with multiple linear motion applications. All pertinent information can be transferred to and from the smart motor drive system via one serial communications cable.
New versions of BASF's Ecovio line are both compostable and designed for either injection molding or thermoforming. These combinations are becoming more common for the single-use bioplastics used in food service and food packaging applications, but are still not widely available.
For industrial control applications, or even a simple assembly line, that machine can go almost 24/7 without a break. But what happens when the task is a little more complex? That’s where the “smart” machine would come in. The smart machine is one that has some simple (or complex in some cases) processing capability to be able to adapt to changing conditions. Such machines are suited for a host of applications, including automotive, aerospace, defense, medical, computers and electronics, telecommunications, consumer goods, and so on. This radio show will show what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.