The 1999 Motion Control Product Catalog provides details on three controller lines: the Optima, Econo, and Legacy Series. The literature provides specifications on 11 DMC-based controller models. A motion control comparison table helps users locate and designate required functions. Technical reference guide offers an overview of dc motors, power amplifiers, incremental encoders, and motion controllers.
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.