The Siemens Industry Automation Division has expanded its Comos software solution for plant engineering and operation. Comos 10 now provides an enterprise platform for plant engineers and operators, which can handle even the largest volumes of data. It also incorporates considerably increased functionality for modern plant management. (Source: Siemens)
The one question these articles never answer - WHat is the long term cost. My experience with Siemens products is that they go through a hardware revision every year and the old software won't work with new products. As long as the old hardware is available you can get away with it, but a new version of teh hardware comes out and you now have to maintain 2 systems unless all systems are upgrded to the new.
I have never seen such poor support for last years system, not even from Microsoft....
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.