With everything and everyone going "green" lately, here’s a report from back in April about how companies are inventing electronic gadgets that consume less energy. According to the report, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates electronic waste is growing two to three times faster than other types of waste.
Check out this Reuters Report:
And be sure to check out our "Green" issue of Design News on Oct. 8.
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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.