Daylight saving time may not cut energy usage, a new study says. According to an article published in The Wall Street Journal, two economics professors at the University of California-Santa Barbara used data from seven million monthly meter readings in Indiana to determine whether changing the clocks (which occurs on Sunday, March 9th) has an energy benefit. They found that having the entire state of Indiana switch to daylight saving time cost Indiana households an additional $8.6 million in electricity bills.
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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.