This article from PCB007is the first part of a new series of articles on the important emerging area of solderless assembly technology.
The first article is a bit of an experiment in information dissemination. In an industry as fast paced as the electronics industry, one often finds oneself reading technology texts that are more akin to history books. Traditional texts will always have a vital roll to play in information transfer, but real-time examination of rapidly evolving technologies cannot be carried out in such a manner. This effort is PCB007’s first attempt at offering a near real-time text on an emerging technology.
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.