A new control product from Modicon is designed with an open architecture, allowing it, the company says, to fulfill many roles in a variety of automation strategies. Such strategies include: PC-based control, distributed-control systems, and stand-alone PLC systems. Called Momentum, the product consists of devices which interchangeably snap together to form different automation control elements. Flexibility is the system's strength, and Momentum is adaptable to all of today's open, popular field buses and networks as well as network and bus standards of the future. Modicon from Schneider Automation, Product Code 4300.
The word “smart” is becoming the dumbest word around. It has been applied to almost every device and system in our homes. In addition to smartphones and smart meters, we now hear about smart clothing and smart shoes, smart lights, smart homes, smart buildings, and every trendy city today has its smart city project. Just because it has a computer inside and is connected to the Web, does not mean it is smart.
Are you being paid enough? Do you want a better job? According to a recent survey Manpower released just before Engineers Week, employers and engineers don't see eye-to-eye about the state of US engineers' skills and experience.
Two issues have been the bane of the plastics industry for as long as one can remember: The ban on plastic grocery bags and whether the use of bisphenol A (BPA) in plastics such as polycarbonate and PVC is harmful to humans.
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