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.
Producing high-quality end-production metal parts with additive manufacturing for applications like aerospace and medical requires very tightly controlled processes and materials. New standards and guidelines for machines and processes, materials, and printed parts are underway from bodies such as ASTM International.
Engineers at the University of San Diego’s Jacobs School of Engineering have designed biobatteries on commercial tattoo paper, with an anode and cathode screen-printed on and modified to harvest energy from lactate in a person’s sweat.
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