Relay Ladder Logic (RLL), a graphical programming language based
on relays, is simple to learn and easy to use. While earlier versions of
International Parallel Machines Inc.'s software were DOS based, the company's
latest revision of its RLL graphical editor, EPS for Java is operating system
independent. Based on the Java programming environment, EPS for Java achieves
cross-platform execution on IPMI's PLCs. "It's the first platform independent
RLL software package available in the world," says Robin Chang, IPMI president.
With Java working in the background transparently, one copy of EPS will run on
Windows, MacIntosh, Linux, or any other operating system that supports the Java
runtime environment. Check out http://www.ipmiplc.com for more information.
Altair has released an update of its HyperWorks computer-aided engineering simulation suite that includes new features focusing on four key areas of product design: performance optimization, lightweight design, lead-time reduction, and new technologies.
At IMTS last week, Stratasys introduced two new multi-materials PolyJet 3D printers, plus a new UV-resistant material for its FDM production 3D printers. They can be used in making jigs and fixtures, as well as prototypes and small runs of production parts.
In a line of ultra-futuristic projects, DARPA is developing a brain microchip that will help heal the bodies and minds of soldiers. A final product is far off, but preliminary chips are already being tested.
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