Edge Computing, Embedded Systems
Here We Go Again.
Comtrol Corp. (Minneapolis, Minn.) and Steeplechase Software Inc. (Ann Arbor, Mich.) announced Nov.
In Livermore, Calif., early in the next decade, a "science factory" with an astounding array of control technologies will aim up to 192 lasers at one point, another step toward using lasers to "ignite" fusion. The blast of energy aims to fuse hydrogen isotopes of deuterium and tritium into helium nuclei—with energy output higher than energy input.
Software has become the critical, value-added link within plant operations and control and throughout the enterprise. By its nature, software is rapidly changing. Hundreds of upgrades are underway in the 35 software categories Control Engineering covers across more than 65 industries. (See "Many Vendors.
Designing to incorporate distributed intelligence has advantages, but can include challenges outside the realm of traditional thinking. The world over, thousands of automation and controls manufacturers have poured a lot of thought into where intelligence should reside in automation and control system design.
A technological "Watch on the Rhine" of giant proportions will be staged in Düsseldorf in mid-October, when 80,000 worldwide visitors are expected to partake of the latest offerings of 1,500 exhibitors and two extensive conferences at "the world's number one international trade fair for measurement and automation technology.
Want to banish the "magic" from machine vision integration and pay less? Machine vision systems today reflect commercial microprocessor advancements as well as software enhancements to make systems easier, more powerful, and less expensive. The power of Intel's Pentium microprocessor with MMX (multi-media capability) has allowed many suppliers to leverage commercial technology that is les...
Cumming, Ga.— AUTOMATIONdirect.com has introduced the WinPLC starter kit, featuring Think & Do software release 5.0 and the WinPLC embedded PC control hardware platform. According to the company, the Think & Do software release 5.0 is the first PC control package to support the Windows CE operating system, as well as Microsoft Windows NT.
To help users avoid Christmas-like "some assembly required" hassles when buying PC controls, Xycom Automation (Saline, Mich.) is bundling soft-logic control with traditional PC hardware. In a discussion with Control Engineering at National Manufacturing Week, Tom Gross, Xycom Automation's ceo, says the remade firm will deliver control products tested to work together, ...
Serious consideration of Microsoft Windows CE as an operating system for industrial applications began slightly over a year ago. First referenced in January 1997 Control Engineering, most mentions since have occurred in the last six months. In a short period of time, this real-time operating system (RTOS) has managed to focus attention on the little-known embedded RTOS market and has domi...