Microchip's compact Flash microcontrollers for Controller Area Network (CAN) use have an intelligent CAN 2.0B active interface. The PIC18F248/58 and PIC18F448/58 series are geared for automotive, industrial-control, and medical-equipment applications. The company's Flash process technology allows up to 100,000 erase/write cycles to program memory. Performance for the chip family is 10 MIPS at 10 MHz.
Comtrol's new DeviceMaster Real-Time Servers (RTS) are embedded microcomputers designed to network-enable devices. The system and attached devices can be accessed and managed remotely over the Internet. Because application software can also be run on the DeviceMaster thin server appliance, the architecture can be substituted for general-purpose PC servers that are more expensive and may require more support. DeviceMaster RTS comes in 4-, 8-, and 16-port models.
Omega Engineering's DP470 Series single- and six-channel temperature/process indicators feature built-in digital programmability, communications, and Windows-based software for low-cost scanning and datalogging. The three models (thermocouple, RTD, and process input) are available with RS-232 communications or RS-485 and MODBUS protocol. Channel data, alarm status, and min/max values can be viewed simultaneously on all indicators.
Omron Electronics F160 vision system combines dual cameras and high-speed processing to boost capture speed by a factor of four and image processing speed by a factor of ten. Features include a "variable box" measurement region for area and defect inspection, which can be set to change automatically when inspecting objects with varying sizes.
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.