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.
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.