General Motors and BMW will jointly develop refueling devices for liquid hydrogen vehicles. The companies are also inviting other automakers to join the initiative. The collaboration centers on setting global standards and specifications, says Christoph Huss, head of Science and Traffic Policy for BMW (see DN 08.05.2002, p 21). "So that customers will not be confronted with various systems, standardizing the refueler coupler is a must," he adds. Both companies are looking to have hydrogen vehicles for sale by 2010. www.bmw.com.
PTC will offer a virtual desktop environment for its Creo product design applications, potentially freeing engineers to run them from remote desktops on a variety of operating systems and mobile devices.
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.