If you haven't registered for Design & Manufacturing Texas yet, what are you waiting for? The two-day expo, held at the Reliant Center in Houston Oct. 15-16, will not disappoint.
New for 2013 is the Houston Seminar Series. Pick and choose from two days of six dedicated seminar sessions. Each bite-sized, two-hour segment will provide a diversity of practical case studies, expert panel discussions, and innovation showcases. Gather the focused and in-depth information you and your business need on the latest technologies and trends, as well as the implementable solutions to your top design, manufacturing, and automation challenges. Network with fellow engineers and R&D, design, and manufacturing professionals; meet face-to-face with our expert speakers; and take away practical insights into the most cutting-edge technologies and trends today.
Practical Robotic Strategies for Your Factory
Six Sigma for Your Factory Floor
Value Stream Mapping
An Unconventional Approach to Design: Challenging Your Creativity
Motors for Motion Control
Rapid Prototyping as a Strategy
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I was at MD&M Chicago this week and there were some tremendous sessions. One in particular addressed the need for more students to enter manufacturing. Average salary for a two-year advanced manufacturing degree is now $58,000 a year. (we'll run that story next week.)
Aside from the overall show http://www.canontradeshows.com/expo/dmt13?cid=cntest.hou.dm.at and its seminars, there are also several talks in the show's Tech Theater: http://www.canontradeshows.com/expo/univ/Houston/ibt.html including one on "NASA's view of future technology and materials needs."
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.