Well, the upcoming robot revolution may be arriving sooner than expected. At least, if I was a self-balancing robot spending a long, hot summer cutting weeds along the highway, I might start to "wonder why I have to take orders" a lot sooner.
Submitted by scechowski on Fri, 05/10/2013 - 08:29
Industrial Ethernet steams powerfully along, but can it be more than you really need? Are there times when simpler, hard-working device-level networks are a better choice? Senior Technical Editor Dan Hebert reports his findings in this issue's cover story about how to "Go With What Works."
Submitted by scechowski on Fri, 04/12/2013 - 16:36
We would like to set up all our PLCs and Fanuc Robots onto an Ethernet system, and get rid of the old-fashioned hardwired I/O going between all four PLCs and robots. The question came up asking if we would want managed or unmanaged switches.
Submitted by scechowski on Thu, 03/07/2013 - 14:16
Several of the engineers implementing device-level networks and Ethernet in our machines want more machine-to-machine communication capabilities to supposedly help our customers. Some of our managers are concerned that M2M traffic could quickly grow beyond our customers’ ability to monitor and control it, and so M2M might actually hinder machine...
Submitted by scechowski on Thu, 02/14/2013 - 14:39
In the beginning, machine and robot builder OEMs developing an automation system had the choice of relay ladder logic for PLCs, and assembly language for single-board computers and minicomputers. Automation hardware and software have come a long way since then, but so have machine and robot applications.
Submitted by scechowski on Mon, 02/11/2013 - 14:42
Just as fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean protein, regular exercise and routine physical checkups can keep your heart and cardiovascular system up and running, there are many ways to maintain the health of your industrial networks. Executive Editor Jim Montague explains what those ways are in this quarter's cover story.