This scalable controller is affordable, priced at around $500, and offers a direct connection to the entire bus terminal I/O system of more than 180 terminal designs. The controllers come with an illuminated display with two 16-character lines, and a joystick switch for diagnostic information or user interaction. The PLC project can write to the BX9000's display and read inputs from the joystick. It has a program memory and data memory with 256 kbytes in each. It works with ModbusTCP, ADS/TCP, ADS/UDP, BootP, DHCP, SNTP and SMTP protocols. It also has a real-time clock for decentralized applications. It also has an RS232 and an RS232/RS485 serial interface for programming and serial device connection. The integrated Smart System Bus, a CANopen-based device, accommodates displays, modems, drives or other peripherals. It uses TwinCAT automation software for parameterization and programming according to the IEC 61131-3 standard.
Last year at Hannover Fair, lots of people were talking about Industry 4.0. This is a concept that seems to have a different name in every region. I’ve been referring to it as the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), not to be confused with the plain old Internet of Things (IoT). Others refer to it as the Connected Industry, the smart factory concept, M2M, data extraction, and so on.
Some of the biggest self-assembled building blocks and structures made from engineered DNA have been developed by researchers at Harvard's Wyss Institute. The largest, a hexagonal prism, is one-tenth the size of an average bacterium.
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