With the support of its three owners, MRM will expand it operations beyond its current compliance management activities in Minnesota and Texas where MRM currently manages recycling services for 25 individual electronics manufacturers. The first phase of the MRM nationwide ramp-up will begin this month as it adds states such as California, Connecticut, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. The company will continue to expand until it covers all 50 states.
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.