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.
The company says it anticipates high-definition video for home security and other uses will be the next mature technology integrated into the IoT domain, hence the introduction of its MatrixCam devkit.
Siemens and Georgia Institute of Technology are partnering to address limitations in the current additive manufacturing design-to-production chain in an applied research project as part of the federally backed America Makes program.
Most of the new 3D printers and 3D printing technologies in this crop are breaking some boundaries, whether it's build volume-per-dollar ratios, multimaterials printing techniques, or new materials types.
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