Consulting and research firm, CIMdata, will hold the first of its one-day 2004 PLM vendor forum events on March 25, where industry insiders can discuss the growth of the PLM market, geographic and industry distributions, and leading suppliers in each market category. The forum will also address initiatives such as Digital Manufacturing, Service after Sales, and Portfolio Requirements. Other PLM vendor forums will take place in Europe and Tokyo in May. For more information, visit www.cimdata.com.
In an age of globalization and rapid changes through scientific progress, two of our societies' (and economies') main concerns are to satisfy the needs and wishes of the individual and to save precious resources. Cloud computing caters to both of these.
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.