Interact 5.2 machine-control MMI software now features year 2000 compliance, new tools and editing features, 256-color bitmap support, and new import capabilities. Applications include control-panel replacement, historical trending, and networking. Interact's architecture allows users to select from a range of modules including 3-D panel tools, graphics, alarms, recipes, trending, and networking. Interact runs on any standard PC or can be bundled on a PowerStation workstation. An evaluation CD-ROM includes a working version of the software.
Computer Technology Corp., 50 W. TechneCenter Dr., Milford, OH 45150.
Truchard will be presented the award at the 2014 Golden Mousetrap Awards ceremony during the co-located events Pacific Design & Manufacturing, MD&M West, WestPack, PLASTEC West, Electronics West, ATX West, and AeroCon.
In a bid to boost the viability of lithium-based electric car batteries, a team at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has developed a chemistry that could possibly double an EV’s driving range while cutting its battery cost in half.
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 discussion will examine what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.