How to chose between hydraulics and electromechanics
Features 10/19/1998 Post a comment When selecting power mediums, engineers face a multitude of choices. Often, however, the first step is to choose between two broad categories of technology--hydraulics and electomechanics. Here, engineers from the same parent company describe the application niches for each technology, and offer rules of thumb for the gray areas in between.
Here come the '99s
Features 10/5/1998 Post a comment Just ahead of the new millenium, car makers are gearing up with new styling, engines, transmission technologies, body designs, safety features, and electronic goodies that will make next year a pleasure in the vehicle of your choice
In an age of globalization and rapid changes through scientific progress, two of our societies' (and economies') main concerns are to satisfy the needs and wishes of the individual and to save precious resources. Cloud computing caters to both of these.
For industrial control applications, or even a simple assembly line, that machine can go almost 24/7 without a break. But what happens when the task is a little more complex? That’s where the “smart” machine would come in. The smart machine is one that has some simple (or complex in some cases) processing capability to be able to adapt to changing conditions. Such machines are suited for a host of applications, including automotive, aerospace, defense, medical, computers and electronics, telecommunications, consumer goods, and so on. This discussion will examine what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.