The FALCON PROSeries from Cleveland Motion Controls (http://rbi.ims.ca/4929-505) encompasses the company's complete line of Soft-PLC automated process control solutions. The easy-to-use software and HMI allows users to program process applications and make adjustments, in real-time, when necessary. The FALCON contains full HMI, logic and motion control features. The logic programming environment is IEC 61131-3 compatible, with exception/fault handling to simplify the design of real applications, and can be used for synchronized or coordinated motion control applications.
Products offered include Windows XP embedded technology, an integrated touchscreen or HMI, modular I/O and a preconfigured starter application and set-up/configuration screen. Soft PLC features include modular I/O and a standard 10.4-in touch screen. Drivers for more than three dozen different I/O systems including Profibus, Devicenet, Interbus-S and Ethernet I/O devices from many different manufacturers are supported.
Altair has released an update of its HyperWorks computer-aided engineering simulation suite that includes new features focusing on four key areas of product design: performance optimization, lightweight design, lead-time reduction, and new technologies.
At IMTS last week, Stratasys introduced two new multi-materials PolyJet 3D printers, plus a new UV-resistant material for its FDM production 3D printers. They can be used in making jigs and fixtures, as well as prototypes and small runs of production parts.
In a line of ultra-futuristic projects, DARPA is developing a brain microchip that will help heal the bodies and minds of soldiers. A final product is far off, but preliminary chips are already being tested.
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