QuickSilver Controls has now added Multi-Thread capacity to its line of NEMA 17 and 23-frame motor servo controllers/drivers. Now, two programs can run at the same time, in the same controller. One thread can run motion-oriented programs, and the other can be dedicated to I/O processing. It offers 240-µsec instruction execute time with both threads running. The 1MB CANOpen, 230KB serial channels and 8KHz servo loop all execute as normal. Information passes between threads via shared data registers. Each thread can change or shut down the other, and there are advanced debugging features available such as single-step and breakpoint operations on one thread while the other is running normally.
Truchard will be presented the award at the 2014 Golden Mousetrap Awards ceremony during the co-located events Pacific Design & Manufacturing, MD&M West, WestPack, PLASTEC West, Electronics West, ATX West, and AeroCon.
In a bid to boost the viability of lithium-based electric car batteries, a team at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has developed a chemistry that could possibly double an EV’s driving range while cutting its battery cost in half.
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 discussion will examine what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.