The conference will emphasize concepts such as lean and green, corporate responsibility, waste to profit, design for environment, zero waste and environmental sustainability through sessions and workshops. Pamela Gordon, president of Technology Forecasters Inc. and author of “Lean and Green: Profit for Your Workplace and the Environment,” will chair the conference for the first two days.
“The measure of success of any green manufacturing conference is the extent to which the participants successfully reduce their products and company’s environmental footprints upon their workplaces,” says Gordon. She notes that the conference will make participants “change agents” by giving them tools to substantially reduce impact in financially and competitively advantageous ways.
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.