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Boeings new aircraft vehicle has the ability to carry heavy loads up to 500 pounds. This is nothing like the drone you got for Christmas (Photo from Boeing)   In the future, expect to see more autonomous vehicles, and we’re not just talking about self-driving cars. The cargo industry wants to get in on the trend and is already looking into delivery bots for food, delivering residential packages, and even hauling large shipments across the continents and the sea. Boeing is getting in ...
The new telematics will allow autonomous vehicles to communicate and share data with each other. (Image credit: LG Electronics)   LG knows that it would be beneficial for self-driving vehicles to communicate with one another- traffic, road conditions and accident warnings would be significant data to have on hand when on the road. It’s with those capabilities in mind that LG has announced a partnership with HERE, purveyors of autonomous technologies, to get self-driving cars to commu ...
A Japanese company made a car with the transformers toys in mind. The car might be road ready by March 2018 (Images/video via Four Link Systems)   Owning a car comes at a few costs: from car payments, insurance payments, to the stress of sitting in traffic from time to time. Many people would rather use public transportation than owning a car. Some might argue that there are services like UBER, LYFT or a cab that can be the answer to all the issues related to owning a car. However, those o ...
The Karlovy Lazne Music Club in Prague employed a repurposed KUKA Automotive Industrial robot as a DJ. (Image credit: KUKA)   They were designed and created for industrial automation, a tool to advance the human race to an elevated status beyond menial labor and usher in an era of precision manufacturing. Of course, when they outlive their usefulness, they go on to be DJs in posh Prague nightclubs laying down fresh beats with a unique techno twist, well at least one of them does. In a recen ...
Engineers embedded specialized nanoparticles into the leaves of a plant to induce dim light. (Image credit: MIT)   MIT engineers have successfully embedded unique nanoparticles into the leaves of a watercress plant to induce a dim light that lasted for four hours and hopes their new development may one day lead to environment-friendly public lighting sometime in the future. While glowing plants already exist in nature as bioluminescent algae, harnessing that glow is a challenging, almost i ...
Airbus recently moved the aircraft from the company’s headquarters to a new home in Pendleton, OR. This (apparently) is the future of taxis (Photo from Airbus)   If you’ve ever thought those flying taxis from The Fifth Element were cool, you may be interested in Airbus’ latest project. The company’s Vahana project is their attempt to build a self- flying taxi network. While there’s still a lot of work the company needs to do before this becomes a reality, they ...
I have been in industrial maintenance for 35 years, working on electrical controls for over 30 years. I design, build and repair controls, build automation machinery, perform OSHA updates, retrofit existing machinery, design and build controls for machines customers build in-house or purchase without controls.   I am now operating Aabeck Controls LLC in Westland, Michigan performing services all over the Detroit metropolitan area and southeastern Michigan. I have done service in Ontario, ...
Aeroscraft is updating the airship and hopes to bring major changes to freight shipping. The future of airships or a UFO? (Photo from Aeroscraft)   You know what people never get nostalgic for? Blimps. At one point they were seen as the future of air travel, but disasters such as the Hindenburg accident saw their popularity decrease. And as airplanes improved, they soon took over the skies. Now, if you see a blimp it usually has some banner advertisement attached to it. The Van Wagner grou ...
By finely tuning the space between a single layer of nanoparticles, researchers developed a filter that changes from a mirror to a window. (Image credit Imperial College London)   Researchers at Imperial College London have developed a unique filter that can change from a reflective state to a clear state and back again in real-time- essentially a mirror that transforms into a window and back again on demand. Similar in the way Innovative Glass’ eGlass works by applying a low current ...
John Deere will tap into AI for more efficient crop sprayers. (Image credit John Deere)   AI isn’t limited to robots, computer science or education as it’s being implemented in nearly all facets of industry, including farming. Of course, its application in this area is hardly new either as it’s being tasked to help grow better tomatoes, helping to identify crop diseases and used to analyze satellite data to help farmers become prosperous (among a few others). Legendary fa ...
(Image credit Pexels)   It’s not unheard of for Li-ion batteries to catch fire or explode when damaged or poorly designed, just look at Samsung’s recent debacle with the Galaxy Note 7, and you can see why. The problem with most catastrophic failures in these types of batteries is heat, or rather a buildup of heat resulting from damage or short circuit, which causes a chain reaction that can’t be cooled sufficiently to stop it.   As the battery’s electrodes cha ...
MIT’s RFly system uses autonomous drones to relay signals emitted by a standard RFID reader to track inventory. (Image credit MIT)   Implementing RFID in supply chain management was supposed to make tracking inventory a whole lot easier; however, in 2013 Walmart reported a $3-billion loss due to product mismanagement. Even the US Army suffered warehouse inventory losses to the tune of $5.8-billion between 2003 and 2011. A 2016 DoD Audit also found the Army lost $1-billion worth of w ...
UMD engineers develop first biocompatible ion current battery. (Image credit UMD)   UMD engineers have designed a new type of ion current battery that’s completely biocompatible. The new battery produces the same ion-based energy used by humans and other living organisms, and those ions (in the form of sodium, potassium and other electrolytes) are the electrical signals that do everything from powering the brain to flexing muscles. To get a better sense of what’s going on here ...
A team of researchers at Berkeley Labs have discovered a seaweed derivative can stabilize lithium-sulfur batteries. The seaweed derivative acts a binding agent for the sulfur (Photo via Berkley Lab)   Our search for the most reliable battery never seems to end. While lithium-sulfur batteries are best for powering gadgets, vehicles, and application grids, their biggest drawback is its lifespan ─ Sulfur dissolves making the batteries unreliable. But a team from the Department of Energy’ ...
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PLC simulator

Posted by andrewblog Aug 19, 2017
Ladder diagram is the most used PLC programming language. Main ladder logic elements work like electromechanical circuits, in other words they are virtual relays. A PLC exchanges information with the external environment through input and output terminals. Swithces and sensor are connected to input terminals. Output terminals are supposed to control contactors, actuators, lamps, etc. This video shows how to use a PLC simulation software. The new version is available here.   ...