My travels around the industry recently indicate that a definite shift is occurring in North America. Apparently, more and more engineers are cozying up to the idea of energy efficiency. Though interest in energy efficiency is certainly not new, examples of its broad acceptance and application in the United States has definitely lagged the rest of the world. A recent and noticeably improved dose of capital expenditures on new equipment—much of which is replacing less energy-efficient devices—is underscoring this swing in the prospects for energy efficient design emanating from North American companies.
On the cusp of this news comes Baldor’s recent release of its new Energy Savings Brochure. Baldor Electric Company is a Fort Smith, Arkansas-based manufacturer of industrial electric motors, mechanical power transmission products, drives and generators. Its 18-page brochure examines and defines premium efficiency and looks at Baldor products that are designed to produce energy savings.
The brochure outlines the premium efficiency Baldor●Reliance Super-E motors, which are said to meet or exceed NEMA premium efficiency standards, and are compliant with the Energy Independence and Security Act, which takes effect in December 2010.
In addition to addressing how to save on electricity costs with premium efficient electric motors, the brochure explains how additional energy savings can be accomplished by adding adjustable speed drives on fan and pump applications. Also covered is the use of generators in peak saving applications.
Are they robots or androids? We're not exactly sure. Each talking, gesturing Geminoid looks exactly like a real individual, starting with their creator, professor Hiroshi Ishiguro of Osaka University in Japan.
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.