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Monday, July 18, 2011

Jonard Industries - Precision Hand Tools

Here are two pages from an old OK Industries catalog, now part of Jonard Industries. They have wire wrapping systems, which help build test systems, custom solutions easily. They have many Tools which improve productivity for the Electronics Manufacturing Industries.

"Jonard Industries Corp is a World Class Manufacturer of Precision Hand Tools for the Telecom, Computer, Military and Electronic Industries."

Test Instruments bench rack from OK Industries

From Electronic Catalogs

This is a Mini Electric Drill of OK Industries

From Electronic Catalogs

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

SCADA – Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition

A Closed loop control system has a Sensor-Controller-Actuator. The Bimetal Thermostat has all the three in the Bimetal itself. The Sensor, the Relay Contact and the Intelligence. This is Process Control when implemented to control the temperature in a Bakery Oven.

This leads us to Sensors-Transmitter-Controller-Outputs-Actuators. Where each is an independent electronic/electrical component of an entire Process Control system. The Process could be Temperature, Pressure, Speed, or Level.

IntegraXor SCADA

IntegraXor SCADA  - Create the interactive graphical interface for multi-device compatibility.

Industrial Automation encompasses many such Process Control Systems to form a Engineered System Solution for an Entire production line with different stages and process types.

At the machine end, the control has to be real time and highly reliable, dedicated controllers both Analog and Microcontrollers based are used. Analog as a fallback/override/trip or backup controller in case Embedded system gets stuck/fails.

These controllers or transmitters also send the data of the process back to a center control panel room. The actuators and outputs also have an override from the control panel. Sometimes Intelligent controllers at machine end can be remotely tweaked/tuned by Control room. This is possible due to Embedded systems and Flash., It also can pose problems if misused. Using SCADA such networking of these process control systems and Monitoring, Tweaking, Data Collection and Analysis is possible.

Come Internet or Web and Wireless, the scenario changes entirely. The Control room stays where it is, the Tablets can Access and utilize the SCADA and entire plant at the machine end also. The Control room can be carried around with limited access. This evolves further to that extent that an expert engineer can check the status of the Product Line from any Web Browser and suggest remedial  actions to the others at the factory. He can even see the status on mobile devices. Now study the Resources below.

Red Lion Controls - HMI and Process Control - HMI operator interface panels for PLCs, motor drives.

Sielco Sistemi - Winlog Pro is a SCADA/HMI software package - TCP/IP Client Server support, Intranet/Internet architecture.

See Some Industrial Grade SCADA Solutions here
Supervisory Control And Data Acquisition WikiPedia

wSCADA - Internet SCADA - Office Factory Integration - Online Automation

Industrial Process parameters, production flow or work status, material offtake, processing of products, incoming inspection status and quality process monitoring. All these need to be interfaced with the ERP and access to Mobile devices like Smartphones and remote Computers provided. This helps smooth micro management of a industry. Some Interfaces may have supervisory control and others just graphs and progress charts. Depending on the person and his work or machine area.

The data and presentation of complex data (by graphs and charts) enhances analysis and timely decision making. Then these solutions will be productive, and be an asset to an existing system. To ensure that; software or webware developers have to be supported by the domain experts having decades of hands on experience on the shop floor. Else; if it is built on theory and some statistics, the result may appear good and work well for small or standard configurations, but in demanding, changing, real life scenario, it may fail to deliver the best.

WebSCADA - Automation Systems - Process Control, Historian, Event Alarm. WebSCADA provides automation platforms on the Internet.

NetBiter - Monitoring and control through web pages - Monitor and control over the Ethernet using web pages.

Wednesday, July 06, 2011

Molecubes Bionic Learning Network Festo

Molecubes Bionic Learning Network Festo - "Molecubes - an attractive programmable robotics system Molecubes could play a significant role in technical training in the near future. These cubes, fitted with computer chips, can be successively attached to each other."

Festo Bionic Learning Network
  Molecubes Bionic Learning Network Festo
"Bionic design principles serve as the basis for the development of new gripper technology for flexible adaptive grasping in the mechanical handling industry..."



Here Festo is helping students of Robotics and Automation learn from nature's intricate and sophisticated Nueromuscular Systems. I am using the word Nueromuscular in a different way, here it means Wires (Nerves), Control System (Brain, Spinal cord), Solenoids & Valves (Muscular System).

These Bionic Systems can also be used the other way around, they can be designed for Reinforcing/Replacing Weak or Lost Limbs. Even a person with a handicap, can do most tasks on his own, aided by the Bionic Appendages.

Study These Resources to understand Bionics which is closely related to Robotics and Automation.

Saturday, July 02, 2011

Analytical Instrumentation Technologies

Let us assume Physics, Chemistry and Biology as Verticals on a Horizontal plane called Science. A part of Physics developed into Magnetism and Electricity, which further evolved into Electrical Engineering a Technology. When a branch of Science is applied to develop, evolve and maintain Life on this Planet it becomes a Technology.

Electrical Engineering as a Technology has evolved and branched out into many specialized domains. With the coming of Semiconductors and the Advancements of Material Technologies, Electronics Engineering emerged as a foundation or a Horizontal for many new Verticals.

Analytical Instrumentation Technologies

One such Vertical is Instrumentation, here you know Industrial Process Control is one and the other is Test and Measurement. The third branch we learn about today is "Analytical Instrumentation Technologies" which is more like an Oblique, it Cuts thru Physics, Chemistry and Biology and many of its sub-branches. It also supports the areas called Life Sciences, Bio Technology, GeoSciences, Materials Science etc. .

Here i have posted some analytical instruments ... Laboratory Analytical, - Research and Lab Instruments, Bio and Earth Science. - EEMetric.com - Test and Measurement Instrumentation.

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(I Inherited some chemistry apparatus and chemicals from my grandfather. This lead to a Tiny Physical and Electro-Chemistry lab in the Store Room and later the Garage when i was at school. That is one of the reasons my website has the name delabs and i created a blog called "Analytical Bionics" around 2004. Later those posts were integrated in my other blogs.)