The PROFIBUS Trade Organization has announced that its PROFInet Isochronous Real Time extension for high performance motion control has made significant progress and will be available within 18 months. The IRT model will complement the existing PROFInet Soft Real Time and offer 1-msec synchronization for over 150 axes of control. PROFInet IRT will use real time ASIC switches, which offer the chance to have interrupt-free solutions for complex situations. For more information, go to http://rbi.ims.ca/3851-505.
In an age of globalization and rapid changes through scientific progress, two of our societies' (and economies') main concerns are to satisfy the needs and wishes of the individual and to save precious resources. Cloud computing caters to both of these.
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.