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.
Most machine design engineers will survey existing component manufacturers for standard linear guide products, limiting what they can do with their designs. Using extruded aluminum profile guides can customize machine designs while shrinking the bill of materials.
Practically all electronic devices today contain metals that may
be coming from conflict-ravaged African countries. And political pressures will increasingly influence how these minerals are sourced and used in products.
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