The company's newest single-axis controller/driver, designed for lower-cost network support, has communications options such as RS232, RS465, CAN and Ethernet. It allows CAN-using devices to work at the same time with a supervisory network that uses RS232, RS485 or Ethernet. It works well with the company's NEMA 17 and NEMA 23 frame I-Grade step motor/encoders. It comes with breakouts for power, communications and I/O. Its closed loop control (servo) of a stepmotor offers all the accuracy of a traditional servomotor, with better torque for applications up to 2,000 rpm. It works with only one cable for motor and encoder signals, and functions well on lines up to 50 ft. It comes with 12-48V dc input power, built-in voltage clamp and power resistor, four analog inputs, electronic gearing and camming, SSI encoder interface and many other features.
In many engineering workplaces, there’s a generational conflict between recent engineering graduates and older, more experienced engineers. However, a recent study published in the psychology journal Cognition suggests that both may have something to learn from another group: 4 year olds.
Conventional wisdom holds that MIT, Cal Tech, and Stanford are three of the country’s best undergraduate engineering schools. Unfortunately, when conventional wisdom visits the topic of best engineering schools, it too often leaves out some of the most distinguished programs that don’t happen to offer PhD-level degrees.
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