Designed for applications in the packaging and process automation industries, the compact, energy-efficient Lenze 3200 C L-Force Controller blends the program logic controller (PLC), motion controller and visualization in one compact device to simplify engineering and extend cost savings.
Agree--this is an excellent article. One of the things I wondered about when in product design was the somewhat slipshod manner in which packaging was considered. It was pretty much an afterthough on the part of the design team and management that controlled that team. I always thought this was a huge miscalculation on their part. The packaging process was at the end of the design cycle and represented the greatest effort in cost control. (Again--a real problem.) Even though we had impact test, "shake test", drop test, etc. the overall goal was to provide the best box for the least amount of money. Our product always made it to the distributor but from the distributor to the end user was sometimes really suspect. Again--great article.
Tom, Thanks for the excellent article. More highly synchronized AC servos and robotics are definitely adding unique capabilities to new machinery designs. Stopped by your booth at MD&M East and got a demo of new systems.
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.