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Motion Controller Simplifies Design of Automation Systems

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Rob Spiegel
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Rob Spiegel   9/20/2013 1:34:54 PM
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Good point, Chuck. Just yesterday, I spent some time on the phone with the GM of automatioin software at GE Intelligent Platforms. He described new tools for lean manufacturing that all have software as the backbone. The health of the plant is now read via a smartphone or tablet. No more walking around the plant to listen for bad sounds. The baby boomers don't trust the software, but the new engineers trust it more than they trust sounds. For one thing, the software will indicate that something is out of its normal range long before it starts making a bad sound.

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Charles Murray   9/12/2013 6:06:31 PM
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At Medical Design & Manufacturing this week, a manufacturing expert discussed the difficulty of getting students to consider a career in manufacturing. Sure enough, one way to attract them these days seems to be to make a mental connection to video games.

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Rob Spiegel   9/12/2013 11:49:57 AM
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Yes, Elizabeth, it's all part of the move to make factories like video games. Young engineers are beginning to see that factories are be coming a cool place to work.

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Rob Spiegel   9/11/2013 11:24:04 AM
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We seem to be going in that direction, Chuck. Howvever, when I ask vendors and factory operators whether the smart machines, components, and systems havew relieved the need for integrators, I'm hearing that hasn't been the case yet. They do say, however, that day is apporoaching.

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Elizabeth M   9/11/2013 8:52:43 AM
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Thanks for that clarification, Al. It is an important distinction to make, I think, especially as more and more of these products will be introduced.

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apresher   9/11/2013 3:47:16 AM
There is a broad group of motion controller products that are "configurable" vs. "programmable" to solve simpler motion applications without requiring programming. In most multi-axis applications, software usage is much more advanced and the focus among suppliers is on software development tools that make it easier to develop and deploy software solutions. Motion control is a very broad product category with a huge number of product offerings targeted at specific needs.

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Charles Murray   9/10/2013 7:09:24 PM
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We can only hope, ttemple.

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How smart is this motor cntroller?
William K.   9/10/2013 9:20:23 AM
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This post is interesting in that the title implies some degree of computational capabilities within the controller, but then the description does not address that assertion at all. The controlling schemes, with the PWM operation, are a good choice and will indeed allow independant control of both speed and torque, at least it seems like they would. But for truely coordinated motor operation, such as driving an X-Y table, for instance, it should then be possible to have the motors work togather and draw a circle, as an example. Working in unison to produce a curve is one of those benchmark tasks that can define how well a multimotor package can link motors. 

But while these controllers may be very useful it does not appear that they have this capability.

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Elizabeth M   9/10/2013 5:04:45 AM
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Well maybe I am wrong in my previous comment then, 78RPM! But I still don't think just some average Joe off the street can start setting up automation motors now with this product, can they?

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Elizabeth M   9/10/2013 5:03:29 AM
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I totally see your point, ttemple. I don't think that these products mean necessarily that "anyone" can do it, but I think they are taking some of the common complications out of some of these processes. There still needs to be some level of expertise involved.

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