Geo Brick, the newest addition to the Geo Drive family of programmable servo amplifiers, continues to expand Delta Tau's strategy for combining the power of Turbo PMAC2 motion controllers with its Geo servo drives in one compact, easy-to-use package. These servo drives deliver a highly integrated motion/drive solution to fit a wide range of machine automation applications. With the inclusion of PLC programming features for logic control, CNC, gantries and even robotics and kinematics, the embedded Turbo PMAC2 motion controller within the Geo Brick can be programmed for virtually any type of motion control application. The Geo Brick is available in 4-, 6- and 8-axis packages, simplifying installation and wiring and reducing panel space requirements.
A new service lets engineers and orthopedic surgeons design and 3D print highly accurate, patient-specific, orthopedic medical implants made of metal -- without owning a 3D printer. Using free, downloadable software, users can import ASCII and binary .STL files, design the implant, and send an encrypted design file to a third-party manufacturer.
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.