Laser technology is expanding in construction, helping bulldozer operators smooth sites. Caterpillar Inc. (www.cat.com) is now offering the AccuGrade laser system, which can guide dozers to create surfaces that have only a 6 mm deviation. Once a transmitting laser is set to the desired elevation, it sends signals to masts mounted on the dozer blade. That input is sent to the controller module, which directs the hydraulic system that moves the blade.
Practically all electronic devices today contain metals that may
be coming from conflict-ravaged African countries. And political pressures will increasingly influence how these minerals are sourced and used in products.
Weaned on the relatively effortless connectivity of today’s massive variety of consumer electronic products, automation users in the IIoT will likely not tolerate too many competing, piecemeal standards for long. And the Industrial Internet Consortium is trying to preempt history.
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