DIAX04 high-voltage, digital, modular drives are part of the SYSTEM200 modular control concept in which components can be connected to work with other control system components. Brochure details high precision at high speeds, simplified assembly and wiring, and comprehensive diagnostics. Color photographs illustrate high-power applications that DIAX04 drives can handle, including flexible transfer lines, free-form milling, and sheet-metal machining.
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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.