The PacDrive™ P600 automation controller from Elau (http://rbi.ims.ca/4929-504) is designed to eliminate the need for a separate Windows XP PC to run an HMI on a machine that also requires a real-time controller (using VxWorks as the operating system). For integrated motion and logic using IEC 61131-3, this approach includes the ability to perform both robotic kinematics and access data for MES systems.
Both Windows and the hard RTOS run on the same Pentium M, with the control functions always prioritized over the PC functions. The P600 is designed to synchronize 22 servo axes, compared to Elau's PacDrive™ C600 automation controller which does not provide a Windows PC capability but can handle up to 99 real servo axes.
A few weeks ago, Ford Motor Co. quietly announced that it was rolling out a new wrinkle to the powerful safety feature called stability control, adding even more lifesaving potential to a technology that has already been very successful.
It won't be too much longer and hardware design, as we used to know it, will be remembered alongside the slide rule and the Karnaugh map. You will need to move beyond those familiar bits and bytes into the new world of software centric design.
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