ACS Motion Control's SPiiPlus 3U motion controller uses a distributed multi-processor architecture that runs on an onboard RTOS, offering a fixed 20 kHz servo update for every axis and guaranteed deterministic control. Like the rest of the SPiiPlus line, the 3U includes standard Ethernet and serial communications and hardware position compare and capture. It also comes with development tools, including a full software motion simulator and FRF analyzer. Options include integrated SIN-COS interpolators and Input Shaping™. It is useful for semiconductor, FPD, biomedical and industrial automation equipment.
A middle school team from Rochester, Mich., has again nabbed the grand prize in the annual international Future City Competition, which drew students from 37 regions of the United States, as well as from England and China.
The word “smart” is becoming the dumbest word around. It has been applied to almost every device and system in our homes. In addition to smartphones and smart meters, we now hear about smart clothing and smart shoes, smart lights, smart homes, smart buildings, and every trendy city today has its smart city project. Just because it has a computer inside and is connected to the Web, does not mean it is smart.
Are you being paid enough? Do you want a better job? According to a recent survey Manpower released just before Engineers Week, employers and engineers don't see eye-to-eye about the state of US engineers' skills and experience.
Focus on Fundamentals consists of 45-minute on-line classes that cover a host of technologies. You learn without leaving the comfort of your desk. All classes are taught by subject-matter experts and all are archived. So if you can't attend live, attend at your convenience.