MagneTek's GPD 515 adjustable speed drive uses the power of 32-bit microprocessing to deliver three levels of drive performance in a single package. The unit is now available in ratings up to 200 hp at 600V. The GPD 515 adjustable speed drive is designed for use in such applications as textile, mining, and paper industries, as well as heavy duty applications on conveyors, pumps, and fans. The drive combines processing power with pulse width modulation and vector control to provide traditional V/Hz, sensorless vector, and flux vector control performance. MagneTek, 26 Century Blvd., Nashville, TN 37229 FAX: (615) 316-5158.
Are they robots or androids? We're not exactly sure. Each talking, gesturing Geminoid looks exactly like a real individual, starting with their creator, professor Hiroshi Ishiguro of Osaka University in Japan.
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.