The Anybus-M module from HMS Industrial Networks offers an easy method for implementation of a 10/100 Mbit Ethernet/IP Scanner interface into industrial devices. The module supports up to 64 adapters, and configuration of the Ethernet/IP network is done via an external configuration tool. The module also supports IT needs such as a WebServer for creating dynamic web pages that include reading and writing of DPRAM data, sending e-mail and FTPs for the downloading of user web pages. Key features include a dual port (DPRAM) parallel interface, Ethernet settings that are configurable through either a built-in web server or using on-board DIP switches, an Ethernet/IP level 4 I/O client and a transformer-isolated Ethernet interface. For more information, go to http://rbi.ims.ca/4931-513.
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.