The AirLINE Modular Process Control System features WAGO electronic I/O modules, supporting eleven fieldbus protocols, such as DeviceNET, Ethernet, and PRO-FIBUS DP/FMS. An embedded programmable controller reportedly supports the IEC 61131 programming standard to allow for full industrial control functionality. Overall, the system is intended to replace separate valve and field controller installation.
Designed in 8 × 3.5 in. packages, the PMD Series of miniature compressed air dryers consist of lightweight anodized aluminum construction. Replacing non-regenerative silica dryers, they feature up to 3 scfm flow capacities, 50-125 psig operating pressures, and reportedly ultra-dry air to more than -100F dewpoints. Applications include ozone generation, analytical instruments and analyzers, antenna waveguides, air bearings, and micro abrasion.
PTC will offer a virtual desktop environment for its Creo product design applications, potentially freeing engineers to run them from remote desktops on a variety of operating systems and mobile devices.
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.