Transformer-isolated intrinsically safe barriers integrate marshalling, signal conversion/isolation, and intrinsic safety in one module. Knife disconnects and testpoints are designed into a base terminal block which accepts pluggable electronics for input and output signals from hazardous and safe areas. The process-interface terminal block is 12.4 mm wide and can be DIN-rail mounted. Bridging is possible using insertion bridges. The galvanically (transformer)-isolated electronic plugs are coded for both hazardous and safe area applications.
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.