When Asheville, NC hosted the Clean Diesel, Clean Air Conference put on by the Diesel Technology Forum, the organizers couldn't have picked a better location. Asheville and Buncombe County have become models for their use of diesel retrofit technology. Thanks in part to donated technology from Diesel Technology Forum, Asheville has adopted clean diesel technology for its Public Transit System and Buncombe County is using diesel retrofit technology for its landfill operation.
Congressman for the district, Charles Taylor, praised the city and county. "The city of Asheville and Buncombe County are true environmental success stories," says Taylor. "Clean diesel retrofit technologies represent one of the most cost-effective, clean air solutions available for federal funding, and these localities should serve as a microcosm for a broader national program."
Caterpillar, Inc. donated 16 diesel oxidation catalysts to be installed on 16 of Asheville's public transportation buses and two catalyzed converter mufflers for two D6 Track Type Tractors belonging to the Buncombe County landfill. Together, these donations will reduce key emissions by 26.1 tons per year.
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.