The IPOS expansion card for the MOVITRAC(reg) 31C frequency inverter gives the inverter the ability to control point-to-point motor positioning without the use of a high-level controller such as a PLC or motion controller. The IPOS card's built-in PLC-type logic gives the MOVITRAC 31C capabilities that include math functions, timer and activation of outputs, and the motion control and logic functions of a single-axis motion controller.
New versions of BASF's Ecovio line are both compostable and designed for either injection molding or thermoforming. These combinations are becoming more common for the single-use bioplastics used in food service and food packaging applications, but are still not widely available.
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 radio show will show what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.