On Aug. 17-18, the National Fluid Power Association will host its Economic Outlook Conference at the Pfister Hotel in Milwaukee, WI, to discuss data and trends in the fluid power market. All who are interested in fluid power are invited to attend and hear speakers discuss topics such as the macroeconomic forecast, end use markets, and the international market forecast. Some of the featured speakers include Eli Lustgarten of J.B. Hanauer & Co., Jim Meil of Eaton Corp., and Alan Beaulieu of The Institute for Trend Research (ITR). For more info or to register, go to http://rbi.ims.ca/3852-509.
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.