Topic: Embedded Control
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Taking the Guesswork Out of Pneumatic Control
Here's a step-by-step approach to efficiently designing systems that work right the first time.
Designers have several options when constructing pneumatic-control systems. But modular air-logic systems are often a good bet when a compact, economical unit is a must. They typically consist of a series of valves mounted onto standard manifold subplates. Such systems speed assembly and piping, and all interconnections between valves and controls in the circuit are machined into the manifold subplate. This cuts design and installation time, reduces the number of fittings, and eliminates piping and the routing errors that often go with it.For instance, compared with discrete air-valve control systems, a modular system features:
- Lower component costs.
- Simple plumbing and troubleshooting.
- Lower air consumption.
- No air locks.
- A smaller total package.
Compared with electrical-relay control, a modular system offers:
- An explosionproof system with no danger of burnouts.
- Lower power consumption.
- Lower costs by eliminating solenoids and relays.
- A single air supply.
- No heat buildup.
Only a few manufacturers offer modular, manifold-mounted pneumatic control systems. For instance, Clippard's Pneumatic Programmable Controller is a sequential controller that provides step-by-step system operation. It consists of a clear acrylic manifold for mounting sequence valves and other such components in a compact, efficient package.
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EDDL technology provides solutions that address the process engineering and operating questions, concerns, and needs of both end-users and manufacturers.
Model-based design and beyond
- Micro850 and enhanced (by firmware and software upgrade) Micro830 PLCs have embedded motion capabilities for up to three axes of motion
- V Panel Express family of panel PCs now includes the Intel Core i7-2655 dual-core processor with 2.2 GHz (2.9 GHz in turbo mode) and up to 8 GB DDR3 memory.
- iPC-Series of industrial computers with Intel i-Series Core embedded processors include 12, 15, 17 and 19 in. LCD versions, with LED backlighting.
- CX2000 embedded PCs use Intel multicore processors from the second-generation 32 nm series; power-saving Celeron variants are available for fanless options.
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