LaserQC system from Virtek Vision Int'l Inc. The LaserTM system from Virtec Vision International Inc. is for quality control inspection and reverse CAD of 2D materials. Laser QC is a fully automated, self-calibrating inspection system that provides faster 2D inspection than possible with conventional methods such as handheld gauges, coordinate measurement machines, or camera-based systems, the company says. The process consists of an eye-safe laser projector, mounted over a retro-reflective scanning table, powered by the Laser QC software.
Giddings & Lewis says its PiCPro IEC 1131 logic and function-block application programming tool allows motion control application development using PCs operating under Windows 95 or NT. Typical production processes automated using PiC controls include packaging, paper converting, food processing, plastic film production, and metal cutting.
GE Fanuc and GE Electrical Distribution & Control announce the release of CIMPLICITY® power management control system (PMCS), a software package that can turn desktop computer into a window for tracking and controlling electrical power. With a few mouse clicks, users can gain real-time access to any GE POWER LEADERTM and GE Multilin power management devices anywhere in their facilities.
The Silicon Graphics (SGI) octane workstation from Camintonn Corp. features a 512-Mbyte memory upgrade. The design allows users to increase Octane system memory to the 2-Gbyte maximum. The memory advancement enhances SGI's performance for high-end graphics, symmetric multiprocessing, and pure 64-bit computing environments.
Are they robots or androids? We're not exactly sure. Each talking, gesturing Geminoid looks exactly like a real individual, starting with their creator, professor Hiroshi Ishiguro of Osaka University in Japan.
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.