Designed for operation in confined spaces, Festo's MH1 Miniature Valves are only 10 mm wide. The 2/2-way or 3/2-way versions are compatible with the range of Festo compact cylinders, rotary actuators and slides. With up to 24 solenoids mounted on a manifold, the connections could get complicated. Festo engineers used a sub-D connector to have a compact, clean-looking valve assembly and to avoid exposed wires. The connector is part of a design option that provides protection to EN 60529. The fast-switching (4 msec response time) valves target light assembly, medical technology, semiconductor and process industries.
In an age of globalization and rapid changes through scientific progress, two of our societies' (and economies') main concerns are to satisfy the needs and wishes of the individual and to save precious resources. Cloud computing caters to both of these.
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.