Thoroughly revised, this authoritative report continues to provide a comprehensive, yet accessible introduction to Fixed Industrial Robots.
This 1991/92 edition ensures that professionals involved in Factory Automation have a comprehensive reference source enabling them to keep abreast of all the key developments in this powerful and rapidly evolving technology.
The report examines the different kinds of industrial robots from the following angles:
• How they are programmed to perform certain tasks.
• How they are integrated into the manufacturing process.
• Their use in manufacturing plants for assembly, painting, sealant application and welding.
• Vision systems
• Expert systems
• Industrial end effectors
• Commercial end–of–arm tooling
• Automatic guided vehicles
• Robotics safety
• Checking and evaluating robots
• The economic justifications for robots
• Employee support for robots.
This report covers the concept, status, and implementation of the IBM Information Network, IIN, IBM appears to be developing a service bureau for telecommunication systems. This service bureau will provide multinational EDI services, as well as other specialized telecommunication services.
is the American National Standard Institute's proposed standard for a 100 Mbps token–passing ring using an optical fibre medium. The FDDI standard has become a focal point for optical technology application in the LAN environment. The market place is filling with products in every category from complete systems to optical transceivers. The 1990s see FDDI as the predominant high speed LAN and backbone.
Fiber Distributed Data Interface [FDDI]
The latest edition of this report is thoroughly updated and gives a complete overview of FDDI technology and products as they exist at the date of this report.
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Want to learn the fundamentals of electronics in a fun, hands-on way? With Make: Electronics, you'll start working on real projects as soon as you crack open the book. Explore all of the key components and essential principles through a series of fascinating experiments. You'll build the circuits first, then learn the theory behind them!
Build working devices, from simple to complex You'll start with the basics and then move on to more complicated projects. Go from switching circuits to integrated circuits, and from simple alarms to programmable microcontrollers. Step-by-step instructions and more than 500 full-color photographs and illustrations will help you use -- and understand -- electronics concepts and techniques.Discover by breaking things: experiment with components and learn from failure Set up a tricked-out project space: make a work area at home, equipped with the tools and parts you'll need Learn about key electronic components and their functions within a circuit Create an intrusion alarm, holiday lights, wearable electronic jewelry, audio processors, a reflex tester, and a combination lock Build an autonomous robot cart that can sense its environment and avoid obstacles Get clear, easy-to-understand explanations of what you're doing and why
As LANs have proliferated, new technologies and system concepts have come to the fore. One of the key issues is how to interconnect networks. One means of interconnection is to use a 'bridge'. Other competing technologies are repeaters, routers, and gateways. Bridges permit traffic isolation, connect network segments together and operate at the MAC layer. Further, because they operate at the MAC layer, they can handle a variety of protocols such as TCP/IP, SNA, and X.25.
This report focuses on the specific technology of bridging two networks and the competing approaches of spanning tree [backed by DEC] and the source route technology [backed by IBM]. Both of these approaches are compared and their strengths and weaknesses described and contrasted. Other approaches that combine the two approaches as well as novel approaches to this problem are described.
In a world of increasing complexity of networks, it is imperative that the user understand the possible means of bridging two networks and the capabilities of the various vendors products. The report focuses itself on developing that critical understanding.
Process planning involves creating detailed plans of the manufacturing steps and equipment necessary to produce a finished part.
Using the variant method, CAPP groups families of parts by a structured classification and coding plan. This report summarizes the state–of–the–art and future trends in the area of CAPP.
The computer is a vital part of the process planning function, which includes two different approaches. One is called the variant (similar part) method of process planning and the other is generative (expert system–based). Both will produce similar process plans. Most computer applications, however, are of the variant type, because the software is easier to develop and new process plans are based on previous ones.
Factory communications as a subject and a technology depend on area networks, whether local (LAN) or wide (WAN). Therefore, a large portion of this report covers such networking. In addition, Factory Communications covers the range of factory automation devices, including PCs, PLCs, I/O devices, and software. Data exchange and cabling are other aspects of factory communications that are covered in this report.
Neural network technology has been a curiosity since the early days of computing. Research in the area went into a near dormant state for a number of years, but recently there has been a new increased interest in the subject. This has been due to a number of factors: interest in the military, apparent ease of implementation, and the ability of the technology to develop computers which are able to learn from experience.
This report summarizes the topic, providing the reader with an overview of the field and its potential direction. Included is an introduction to the technology and its future directions, as well as a set of examples of possible applications and potential implementation technologies.