announced even greater flexibility for one of the most versatile servomotor
drive ranges in the world. The e100 drive
has been re-engineered to become compatible with no less than three industrial
Ethernet standards - EtherNet/IP, Modbus TCP and Powerlink—as well as
standard TCP/IP networks and Baldor's own highly popular Mint system building
environment. The drives offer system builders a choice of servomotor, closed-loop
vector or V/Hz motor control modes, combined with an array of features and
configuration options that provide exceptional versatility of use.
new drives are versions of Baldor's e100 single and three-phase drives. Up to
now, these drives have been compatible with the real-time Powerlink Ethernet
standard, TCP/IP and Baldor's Mint system building environment. With this
release, Baldor upgrades the capability of the drives to additionally be
configured for EtherNet/IP or Modbus TCP networks. These two communications
protocols greatly extend the applications potential of the drives in
MicroFlex e100 and MotiFlex drives have earned a reputation for being extremely
easy to configure and use - through features such as wizard application
software which removes the traditional complexity of drive set up.
drives also offer many novel hardware capabilities that PLC users can benefit
from. The three-phase drives are energy efficient, offering a dc bus system
that can share regenerated power with other axes. As well as their own local
I/O and CANopen expansion, many drives also have option card slots, providing a
high degree of configurability for specific applications including almost all
fieldbuses. Other features include universal encoder feedback input, and
programmable notch filters to eliminate mechanical resonance effects, as well
as the ability to be used with servomotors, closed loop vector motors or in
V/Hz motor speed control modes.
In a bid to boost the viability of lithium-based electric car batteries, a team at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has developed a chemistry that could possibly double an EV’s driving range while cutting its battery cost in half.
Using Siemens NX software, a team of engineering students from the University of Michigan built an electric vehicle and raced in the 2013 Bridgestone World Solar Challenge. One of those students blogged for Design News throughout the race.
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.
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