Rockwell's Automation Fair took place in Chicago this week. More than 14,000 people pre-registered for the event. And judging from the lines at lunch, a lot of them actually showed up to see the latest automation products and technologies from Rockwell and its partner companies. Read Senior Editor Joe Ogando's blog posts below for a first-hand look at technologies and trends from the show floor.
End-users Want Smarter Machines
If you want to supply machines to the big boys of consumer product manufacturing, you better smarten up. Smarten up your machines, that is. That message came out loud and clear at Rockwell’s Automation Fair, which this year hosted a forum for OEM machine builders. Read More
Rockwell Talks Direct-Drive At Automation Fair
Direct-drive motors have been around for years, but this still-underutilized motion technology will likely get a big boost next year. Rockwell Automation's plans to introduce a brand new line of rotary direct-drive motors as part of its Kinetix integrated motion control portfolio has important design and development implications. Read More
PTC will offer a virtual desktop environment for its Creo product design applications, potentially freeing engineers to run them from remote desktops on a variety of operating systems and mobile devices.
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 radio show will show what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.