Save Energy Now, a U.S. Department of EnergyIndustrial Technologies Program (ITP) national initiative, was created to drive a 25 percent reduction in industrial energy intensity over a period of 10 years. Industrial companies taking part in this initiative are recognized as “Leaders.”
According to the DoE, ITP is taking a return on investment approach to the Save Energy Now program, advancing efficiency actions that result in the best British thermal unit (Btu) saved per dollar investment. Companies that join this program are required to develop energy intensity baselines, energy management plans, and report their progress to ITP on an annual basis.
Recently, Opto 22, a manufacturer of hardware and software for applications involving industrial automation and control, remote monitoring, and data acquisition, joined the Save Energy Now program.
Opto 22 considers joining the Save Energy Program as a continuation of its corporate focus on environmental responsibility via conservation, recycling and sustainability efforts that began in 2006 when the company implemented more energy-efficient HVAC systems, maximized use of natural sunlight, and combined technology with best practice to reduce its carbon footprint and overall power consumption by 29 percent.
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.
Truchard will be presented the award at the 2014 Golden Mousetrap Awards ceremony during the co-located events Pacific Design & Manufacturing, MD&M West, WestPack, PLASTEC West, Electronics West, ATX West, and AeroCon.
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.