Solvay Pumps OLEDs
News 7/27/2011 2 comments Global chemicals giant Solvay is making a $14.5 million investment in Plextronics in a push to to jumpstart development of printed electronics such as organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs).
Design Tool Sector Soars
CAD/CAM Corner 7/27/2011 6 comments The product lifecycle management (PLM) and design tool sector has returned to peak growth levels, according to a new CIMdata report.
Embedded Multicore Goes Mainstream
Blog 7/26/2011 4 comments Multicore designs of four or more processors on a single chip are cheap enough for embedded and industrial applications, but not all multicore processors are appropriate for the task.
Design Apps Hit the iPad
CAD/CAM Corner 7/25/2011 10 comments While we're starting to see a steady stream of design-oriented apps for the iPad and other mobile devices, the majority remain focused on simple viewing and collaboration functions.
New Breed of Lithium Batteries
Features 7/20/2011 14 comments Higher capacities are enabling cylindrical, prismatic, and flat lithium batteries to move into medical instruments, power tools, and computing applications.
Dassault Pushes 3D Printing for the Masses
CAD/CAM Corner 7/6/2011 14 comments Amidst a flurry of activity on the 3D printing front, Dassault Systèmes partners with the Sculpteo 3D printing service to give 3DVIA users a way to easily produce 3D physical models of their 3D digital creations.
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.