Packaging With an Impact
Features 10/21/2004 Post a comment An update to the latest RFID research; Cost-efficient palletizer uses unique cable-driven transmission; Engineers demand more from stepper motors
Motion Control Protocols
Features 10/11/2004 Post a comment Ethernet has proven to be disruptive to the growth of FireWire, says Sal Spada, Director of Research at ARC Advisory Group. In an exclusive interview, Spada tells Design News what you need to know about integrating motion and I/O, and more.
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.