Programmable Automation Controller
Current industrial automation systems require the management of manufacturing facility
data and quality data for traceability and productivity improvement. Controllers must synchronously work with servo drives to enhance the tact time by eliminating the communication overhead. Furthermore, globalization of production sites demands the security policy
to protect control data and programs. Mitsubishi Electric Corp.’s MELSEC iQ-R meets
such demands with fast calculation performance, a 3-Gbps high-speed serial system bus and
1-Gbps fast network performance. A built-in database fulfills the demand of fast data collection and analysis. The security enhancement protects customers’ control data and programs.
The 50-µsec fast periodic interrupt capability increases the number of checking data points for
quality evaluation. Moreover, iQ-R enables users to make vast useless sensor data existing in
manufacturing lines, real Io T data to renovate the manufacturing lines.
◗ Mitsubishi Electric Corp.,
The impetus to develop aerogels as a basis for antennas and substrates sprang from the recognition that the materials for producing communications technology were hampering innovation and efficiency. To be competitive, aircraft manufacturers are seeking novel communications technologies that will give them a competitive edge, and antennas are one element of
communication systems that are ripe for innovation. Deviating from the silica aerogel norm,
NASA Glenn Research Center scientists conceived, designed and tested a new kind of aerogel
as a basis for antenna substrates—polyimide aerogels. Polyimide aerogels have a similarly low
density as silica aerogels, but are much more mechanically robust (400 times). NASA Glenn
designed and built a square “patch” antenna fabricated on a customized low-density, low-di-electric-constant polyimide aerogel substrate—also known as the Polyimide Aerogel-Based
Antenna. The new antennas are also 10 times lighter with respect to typical state-of-practice
antennas of the same design and operation frequency, fabricated on substrates of similar
◗ NASA Glenn Research Center, www.nasa.gov
Safer Public Transit for the Disabled
Combining transportation insight, intelligent technology and high-quality construction,
Q’Straint’s Quantum Securement System—the transportation industry’s first fully automatic
rear-facing wheelchair securement station—lets wheelchair and scooter passengers board a
bus or train, position their chair and push a button to secure themselves in a stable and safe
rear-facing position. This all happens in under 25 secs, without requiring the driver to leave
their seat to help. By securing the wheelchair within its arms and continually adjusting its grip
as needed during the ride, Quantum virtually eliminates the risk of wheelchair tip-over.
◗ Q’Straint/Sure-Lok, www.qstraint.com
Qualcomm is driving innovation forward by providing a new platform that makes charging
electronic devices easier with wireless charging technology that doesn’t require a charging pad.
Qualcomm WiPower-enabled technology makes it possible to charge a smartphone by laying
it down on a café table, charge a Bluetooth headset by dropping it into a car’s arm rest or top-off the battery in a tablet by placing it on a desk. Charging power can be transferred through
other materials, such as wood and plastic, with this technology. This allows charging stations to
be easily incorporated into furniture so when devices are placed on top they will be recharged.
It enables multiple devices to be charged at once when placed on or near the charging surface,
and the charging surface automatically goes into standby when charging is complete.
◗ Qualcomm, www.qualcomm.com
Authenticating Integrated Circuits
Maintaining the integrity of the integrated circuit (IC) supply chain is an increasingly critical
and visible problem, both for consumer electronics and national security and military systems.
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