The Wall Street Journal reported today that Siemens AG will cut 16,750 jobs, about 4.2% of its global work force. The newspaper said the cuts were part of an effort to reduce total costs. It also said that Siemens plans to reduce costs further by trimming expenditures for information technology and consultants. Siemens — which specializes in electronic systems for automotive, medical and automation applications – isn’t the first big engineering employer to discuss layoffs this year. WSJ reported earlier this week said that GM is “preparing to cut thousands more white-collar jobs.” NASA also announced earlier this year that it would cut as many as 8,000 contractor jobs.
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.