ELECTRONICS: OSRAM Opto Semiconductors’ LED Light for You (LLFY) network now includes system integrators in addition to existing partners from optics, thermal management and electronics (OTE). As the professional link between customers and OTE specialists, they are the contacts for customers and, at the same time, the coordinators for OTE specialists. Depending on the particular requirements, they bring experts together from all three sectors and, if necessary, offer support for end users at all stages up to the successful completion of their projects.
The concept of system integrators makes it easier for end users to use pioneering LED technology for various lighting solutions. As the “one face to the customer,” system integrators are the interface between the customer and the application. They focus specifically on customer requirements and bring together the appropriate partners from the optics, thermal management and electronics sectors to achieve the desired results. If requested to do so, they will also coordinate all the activities necessary for the successful completion of a project.
Specialist system integrators are available for a wide variety of lighting solutions, such as those for architectural applications, for applications in the signage industry and for the design of LED luminaires.
Robots that walk have come a long way from simple barebones walking machines or pairs of legs without an upper body and head. Much of the research these days focuses on making more humanoid robots. But they are not all created equal.
The IEEE Computer Society has named the top 10 trends for 2014. You can expect the convergence of cloud computing and mobile devices, advances in health care data and devices, as well as privacy issues in social media to make the headlines. And 3D printing came out of nowhere to make a big splash.
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.