Cimmetry and CIMdata are hosting a series of free half-day seminars on the topic of visualization and collaboration. John MacKrell, senior consultant at CIMdata and featured speaker at the seminars, will discuss the visualization and collaboration role within product lifecycle management (PLM), as well as some company applications of the technologies and the resulting benefits. The remaining dates and locations of the seminars are: Detroit, MI—Oct. 20; Santa Clara, CA—Nov. 9; Houston, TX—Dec. 8. For info, go to http://rbi.ims.ca/3856-521.
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.