The new Allen-Bradley CompactLogix controller from Rockwell Automation (www.rockwellautomation.com) offers a SERCOS interface, EtherNet/IP connectivity and a powerful processor. Controlling up to four axes of motion, the 1768-L43 is designed for applications requiring speed, motion synchronization and information-sharing capabilities in a small, modular footprint. It combines motion and sequential control into a single, integrated multitasking platform and supports a full range of networks including DeviceNet, ControlNet and EtherNet/IP. The controller uses the same Logix control engine, motion, networking technology and communications services as the A-B ControlLogix and SoftLogix controllers.
Cost, product development rigor, the patient-as-a-user movement, and consumer electronics that include wireless connectivity are just a few hot topics swirling around medical devices. Each brings challenges that create innovation opportunities. If we briefly look at each one, we can see that one common need will be innovation in simplicity.
The supply chain will change significantly over the next 10 years as industry 4.0 technology enhances supply chain performance, according to the 2015 MHI Annual Industry Report, “Supply Chain Innovation — Making the impossible possible.”
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