Contact now has a product line of embedded box PCs for harsh
industrial environments. The Valueline BPC Mini box PC is suited for control
applications in the industrial environment, in outdoor embedded systems and in
machine and plant construction. It has an extended temperature range from -40
to +70C and an input voltage range from +9 to +36V.
embedded operating systems, such as Windows Embedded Standard, Windows CE or LINUX,
the box PC utilizes standards that make it possible for customers to commission
it simply. With a thermal design power (TDP) of 4.5W, it is energy efficient.
Its compact design allows it to be directly snapped onto mounting rails.
PC uses the industrial temperature grade Intel Atom processor Z510PT (1.1 GHz)
and has a wide range of interfaces, including 6x USB 2.0, 1x VGA, and 1x COM
(RS232 / 422 / 485). 2x Gigabit Ethernet ports are available as well as a
CompactFlash slot and digital I/Os. The main memory can be extended using a
DDR2 SODIMM with up to 2 GByte.
New versions of BASF's Ecovio line are both compostable and designed for either injection molding or thermoforming. These combinations are becoming more common for the single-use bioplastics used in food service and food packaging applications, but are still not widely available.
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.