Commander 501 process controller delivers advanced functionality with standard math and logic functions and is targeted for use in single-loop control. Users can program the unit by the front panel keys or via a Windows-based PC configuration software package. Commander 501 offers eight pre-configured templates for applications including single-loop control with remote setpoint, auto/manual station with low signal selection, and auto/manual with digital selection.
ABB Instrumentation Inc., Box 20550, Rochester, NY 14602.
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.