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.
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.
Using Siemens NX software, a team of engineering students from the University of Michigan built an electric vehicle and raced in the 2013 Bridgestone World Solar Challenge. One of those students blogged for Design News throughout the race.
Robots that walk have come a long way from simple barebones walking machines or pairs of legs without an upper body and head. Much of the research these days focuses on making more humanoid robots. But they are not all created equal.
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.