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Milestones in Motion Control

Milestones in Motion Control

Ethernet-Based Motion Networking- Using Ethernet as the basis for servodrive networking gained a major boost earlier this year when the third-generation SERCOS and PROFInet working groups proposed plans for future motion control networking. Both groups announced that standard Ethernet technology would be utilized as the physical layer for next generation versions -and compatible protocols for high, performance motion control applications. At this year's Hannover Fair, PROFIBUS International (PI, the beginning of development work on a high-performance, real-time solution for highly dynamic motion control applications under PROFInet called Version 3.0 IRT. This proposed solution uses standard Ethernet media, compatible protocols, and an ASIC that embeds both a switch and the protocol to guarantee real-time, deterministic performance.

Firewire Sparks New Interest- Of the three networks available as a standard on PCs -Ethernet, USB, and FireWire -the network that is least well-known is FireWire (or IEEE-1394).And in industrial circles, with Ethernet gaining momentum for factory data communications and I/O control, there is less awareness of a growing number of FireWire-based control solutions. But that level of awareness may soon change. The 1394 Trade Association, which oversees the standard and has a primary focus on computer and consumer electronics applications, is working with a coalition of industrial companies to eek a FireWire standard for machine control, including motion, vision, and I/O.

Automated Fluid Filler Shuts Off Down Time- An automated fluid packaging machine based on a new design enables users to change from one size container to another in minutes, versus hours, or even days, with a mechanical system. Beyond the obvious productivity gain and cost reduction benefits, the quick change capability enables cosmetics companies and other purveyors of product in fluid form to justify smaller production runs, thus they can continue to meet customers 'supply demands while also minimizing read the rest of the supplement click here

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