Rockwell Offers New Bundle of Machine Control Design Tools
Screenshots from a new bundle of machine control tools from Rockwell Automation that offers an all-in-one solution for designers of machine control applications. The Connected Components Accelerator Toolkit includes an entire set of automation engineering design tools for machine control app development, the company said. (Source: Rockwell Automation)
In efforts like this, companies tend to stick to a proprietary system. Its initiatives like this that keep innovative ideas out of the public's hands. They don't have to go open source, but how about a generalized software package? Something like what universal CAM software packages can do already. For example, many CAM packages can handle brand name machining centers as well as DIY machines.
As in any new product, someone has to come up to speed in the learning curve. Is this so expensive only huge companies can afford it, or can a regular street engineer get a copy and make himself useful?
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