GE Fanuc Automation's new VersaMax(TM) PLCs can control up to 256 I/Os in either standalone or distributed applications, or even act as a slave in a Genius(reg) or Profibus(TM) DP network. The controller addresses what the company sees as one of the fastest growing areas in industrial automation: micro PLCs. Compact and modular, the units use a rackless design mounting on a DIN rail to accommodate up to eight modules per CPU. In all, 25 modules are available covering the range with 15 discrete, nine analog, and one high-speed counter/PWM module. All share a common structure and are color coded for easy identification. Engineers can program VersaMax PLCs with the company's CIMPLICITY(reg) Control. GE Fanuc Automation, Product Code 4298.
The company says it anticipates high-definition video for home security and other uses will be the next mature technology integrated into the IoT domain, hence the introduction of its MatrixCam devkit.
Siemens and Georgia Institute of Technology are partnering to address limitations in the current additive manufacturing design-to-production chain in an applied research project as part of the federally backed America Makes program.
Most of the new 3D printers and 3D printing technologies in this crop are breaking some boundaries, whether it's build volume-per-dollar ratios, multimaterials printing techniques, or new materials types.
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