Honeywell released its FF-ST series of safety light curtains. The product line has been uncoupled from previous generations so users can select the specific elements and functions they need. Core features include safety outputs, EDM (external device monitoring) options, muting, floating blanking and restart modes. The safety curtains also include push-pull safety outputs, which are patented failsafe, solid-state outputs.
The FF-ST series comes in four different resolutions: 14 mm, 18 mm, 30 mm and 80 mm (resolution refers to the minimum object detection size). Accessories for the safety curtains include relay modules, which increase the switching capacity of the light curtain’s solid-state outputs, longer cables, mounting kits, connectors and power supply.
The product line is available in Type 2 and Type 4 safety standard versions. With more than 3,000 combinations, pricing is variable but ranges from $1,134 for the 80-mm resolution, 200-mm protective height hand/limb/body detection to $5,729 for the 14-mm resolution, 1400-mm protective height finger detection.
Robots that walk have come a long way from simple barebones walking machines or pairs of legs without an upper body and head. Much of the research these days focuses on making more humanoid robots. But they are not all created equal.
The IEEE Computer Society has named the top 10 trends for 2014. You can expect the convergence of cloud computing and mobile devices, advances in health care data and devices, as well as privacy issues in social media to make the headlines. And 3D printing came out of nowhere to make a big splash.
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.