Danaher Motion offers a solution for single- or multi-axis applications requiring high-speed performance or low-speed smoothness. Multi-step positioning capabilities convert full step indexing commands into smooth microstepping resolution, and are designed to power any 2-phase NEMA 23-42 step motor. Current settings, auto-smoothing, motor wave shaping, mid-band anti-resonance and current reduction are all selectable through switch settings. Currently available for ac operation, the system features a motion node option and an RS232 or RS485 multi-drop serial interface using the ModBus RTU protocol. Future options include CANopen and a full-featured indexer. For more information on the P7000 Stepper Drives, visit http://rbi.ims.ca/4919-523.
In an age of globalization and rapid changes through scientific progress, two of our societies' (and economies') main concerns are to satisfy the needs and wishes of the individual and to save precious resources. Cloud computing caters to both of these.
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.