Rockwell Automation decided to launch its "CIP Motion" concept in Europe instead of its home base in North America, because it considers Europe to be the front lines of the ongoing fieldbus wars. Unlike other real-time Ethernets that use special protocols and ASICs, Rockwell will employ Intel's new IPX465 chip with its built-in IEEE 1588 synchronization to "puncture the urban myth" that standard Ethernet cannot be used for motion control. Rockwell says that everything a plant does on its communication line—from VoIP, CCTV, machine control, and hundreds of axes of motion control—can be done simultaneously, on the same control and communications equipment.
Robots that walk have come a long way from simple barebones walking machines or pairs of legs without an upper body and head. Much of the research these days focuses on making more humanoid robots. But they are not all created equal.
The IEEE Computer Society has named the top 10 trends for 2014. You can expect the convergence of cloud computing and mobile devices, advances in health care data and devices, as well as privacy issues in social media to make the headlines. And 3D printing came out of nowhere to make a big splash.
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.