IndraControl VEP products, a line-up of Windows CE-based HMIs from Bosch Rexroth (http://rbi.ims.ca/4929-509), are available with an integrated PLC and fieldbus master for advanced automation control applications. Based on Windows CE.NET 4.2 embedded operating system and equipped with AMD processors, hardware features include on-board Ethernet and USB interfaces, CompactFlash memory, PC/104 expansion slots and TFT color touchscreens in sizes from 8.4 to 15 inch.
The IndraControl VCP series of compact HMIs are available with hardware options and screen sizes from 3 inch monochrome displays to 5.7 inch color touchscreens. Display terminals provide flexibility, open connectivity using a variety of interfaces including serial, Ethernet, Profibus, Interbus and DeviceNet. Units are programmed using Rexroth's Windows-based software, VI-Composer.
Truchard will be presented the award at the 2014 Golden Mousetrap Awards ceremony during the co-located events Pacific Design & Manufacturing, MD&M West, WestPack, PLASTEC West, Electronics West, ATX West, and AeroCon.
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.
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.