Two pieces of legislation would extend the R&D credit permanently: H.R. 2138 in the House and S.2209 in the Senate. While both have attracted significant support, neither has yet achieved sufficient momentum needed to bring the issue to a vote. IPC members can help support this legislation by writing to their Congressmen and joining IPC and other members of the R&D Credit Coalition on April 9, 2008 for a “Fly In” Washington Lobby Day. Sample letters and information on the Fly In are available at www.ipc.org/R&Dcredit or by contacting Fern Abrams at email@example.com.
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 radio show will show what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.