The new Triconex
General Purpose System reportedly enables businesses to fulfill requirements
for critical control applications needing high availability (e.g.,
turbomachinery control), as well as SIL 2 safety applications (e.g., emergency
shutdown, fire and gas protection and burner management). The system is
compatible with Invensys' Triconex Tricon and Triconex Trident safety systems
that already meet SIL 3 requirements.
The new Triconex system comes with safety and critical control application
libraries, proven in demanding real world applications, and its functionality,
according to Invensys Operations Management is proven to reduce engineering and
maintenance costs, providing optimum safety and maximizing plant uptime. It
also integrates with all well-known process control systems using industry
standard protocols, and for added protection, is Achilles-certified, protecting
it from cyber attack.
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.