The new Allen-Bradley Kinetix 7000 servo drive provides a safe-off capability integrated into the drive to increase safety and maximum machine availability. Tasks such as machine setup, cleaning, removal of jams and other typical maintenance tasks that previously required power-down conditions can now be accomplished without removing power from the entire machine. The drive output is disabled to eliminate motor torque, providing safety and maximum machine availability. The result is faster machine restart and shorter machine downtime. Safety connection systems, which reduce wiring and ease troubleshooting, simplify use of the safe-off capability in multi-axis applications. Automatic diagnostics and safety circuit status information are available at the Logix controller. The Kinetix 7000 integral safety solution is certified by TUV and meets the requirements of EN-954-1 Category 3 and IEC-61508 SIL 3. For more information on Allen-Bradley's Kinetix 7000 servo drive, go to http://rbi.ims.ca/4930-532.
New versions of BASF's Ecovio line are both compostable and designed for either injection molding or thermoforming. These combinations are becoming more common for the single-use bioplastics used in food service and food packaging applications, but are still not widely available.
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 radio show will show what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.