Lets technicians conduct remote "house calls" to cutting machines
This system allows factory service technicians to link up directly with the company's pipe cutting machines in the field over a secure broadband connection. Technicians can log onto the machine to observe, commandeer, exchange data files, update operating systems and diagram procedures or problems. Both computer displays offer a "John Madden" whiteboard illustrator and chat board. Real-time troubleshooting is possible using diagnostic routines to test PLC logic, tune digital motion controls, and review machine set-up parameters and program data.
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.