This system has the capability to provide a "warm" shutdown, says Mike Miclot, marketing director in the company's Automation Control and Information Group. Warm shutdown can allow a robot to continue operating in three quadrants when a maintenance mechanic is detected working in the fourth, he says. The PLC handles multiple disciplines of control: discrete, motion, drive, process, position and PID loops, in addition to taking up the safety function. The GuardLogix controller achieves safety integrity level 3 safety control through a two-processor architecture that includes a safety primary and safety partner, according to the company. Safety logic, once tested and debugged through standard online editing and forcing, is locked in memory and can't be touched. Meanwhile, the controller functions as a regular controller, permitting editing and forcing of the control logic. The safety partner is configured automatically, the company says, and being part of the same system, needs no extra set-up or downloading. Visit the A-B GuardLogix website at http://rbi.ims.ca/4915-516.
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.
Focus on Fundamentals consists of 45-minute on-line classes that cover a host of technologies. You learn without leaving the comfort of your desk. All classes are taught by subject-matter experts and all are archived. So if you can't attend live, attend at your convenience.