Design for the Global Marketplace
Features 6/22/1998 Post a comment With companies in all industries scrambling to sell their products internationally, the engineers who do the designing are facing the challenge of satisfying foreign standards and tastes. Engineers from ten leading companies share their insights on what it takes to compete internationally in a special roundtable discussion sponsored by Design News and the Square D Company.
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.