Traditional control systems used to monitor and automate industrial field equipment provide very specific functions. These systems generally control local equipment functions, like process control, and allow one-way data communication of data from the industrial product to a business application typically used by a few individuals working within a single department.
Controls to open doors in your facility may include: • tactile “paddle” switches (with the symbol of a wheelchair or the word “EXIT”) that people hit or punch • identification card readers combined with tactile switches • tactile keypads • card readers or key pads paired with fingerprint or retinal scanners What problems have you experienced with tactile components of these controls? The fact is tactile switches and key pads with moving, mechanical parts are prone to failure under moderate to heavy use or abuse – busy, impatient people simply damage or destroy them.
Today, we have grown accustomed to consuming HD content in most aspects of our lives. From TV’s, PC’s, tablets, video games, home theatres with multichannel sound, and even mobile phones, we expect and get high-fidelity content. The only “white spot” in the HD realm is the humble telephone call, which is still largely tied to the limitations of technologies from the last century.
The march of silicon integration has proved irresistible in almost every area of electronics design. Even the most intractable problems such as mixed signal circuits have succumbed to the power of CMOS: in the process, vast swathes of hardware and software have been ‘sucked’ into the silicon chip.
by Wolfgang Damm, Director Product Marketing – Wireless Telecom Group Highest component integration and ultra-fast switching speed of electronic chips and devices forces circuit designers to re-think their Vcc and GND architecture. The Vcc level should be flat and GND should be a clean reference – unfortunately, this is not always the case.
Tom Kite holds a B.A. in Physics from Oxford University, and MSEE and Ph.D. degrees from The University of Texas at Austin, where he specialized in acoustics and signal processing. He is a member of the Audio Engineering Society, and has published and presented works at the AES, the ASA, IEEE, and in trade journals.
One of the biggest technical challenges facing the networking industry today are the demands that the next generation of cellular communications – known as 4G (for fourth generation) – will place on the network backhaul and communications networks generally.
Modules with baseplates are commonplace but cost concerns have given rise to a new breed of modules without baseplates. Figure 1 shows a flow 0 module without and a flow 2 module with a baseplate. Figure 1: flow 0 without and flow 2 with a baseplate State of the art DBC substrates have proven their merits over many years.
The times they are a-changing… In an “on-the-go” world, the need for information is great. With smart phones and other devices, we expect our news instantly, anywhere we might be. These devices drive great demands on the need for network communications and available information. Things are no different in the industrial world.
oseph Citrano, Honeywell Sensing & Control In the last year, informed wireless buyers have become more educated in the kinds of questions to ask. They have become more comfortable implementing wireless solutions when they get the right answers. We still occasionally get the question, “is wireless secure and can it really function in an industrial setting?”, but most questions now are about how it will work in their own environments, how to effectively replace wires and cables with wireless, and how encryption works?.
Work safety and productivity are the top priorities for technicians and engineers who are working in hazardous conditions or troubleshooting live machinery. Having a person to make an electrical measurement with a handheld digital multimeter in some areas in an industrial facility may be prohibited due to safety concerns.
Healthcare costs are representing an increasing percentage of gross domestic product (GDP) for many countries, and it’s growing. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), Figure 1 shows the total healthcare expenditure (THE) of six developed countries, which includes the United States where almost 17 percent of the GDP in 2009 was for healthcare.
eCall is a European emergency call system that will combine GSM and GPS technologies to support automated vehicle emergency services throughout the European Union. Its goal is to provide rapid assistance to motorists involved in a collision anywhere in the EU. The system is officially defined as a “Pan-European automatic in-vehicle emergency call system”.
People like to see a lifebelt by the local river even though they may never use it. They certainly do not want to pay for one though. It is like that with the fast charging of cars. We all want to charge our electric car in the blink of an eye. Indeed, we may be happy to pay through the nose for that electricity when we are far away if the only alternative is to walk home or at least be late for an appointment.
by Darren McQueen, Corporate Vice President and General Manager, Wireless Private Broadband and IDEN Products and Solutions, Motorola Solutions Within the last 10 years, the proliferation of wireless technology has allowed people to connect with each other, anywhere, anytime. In the United States alone, 50 percent of Americans own a smartphone, 250 million people consume social media on a mobile device, and 150 billion text messages are sent every month.