Attendees of National Manufacturing Week can visit numerous conference sessions on a variety of tracks. In the Design Engineering track, the more than 45 courses and workshops offered include "Product Reliability Engineering and Management," and "Living with WEEE/RoHS and Global Environmental Regulations," among many others.
In "Manufacturing: the Future," an analysis of the health and prosperity of manufacturing industries will be demonstrated by studying trends revealed among Fortune 1000 manufacturing enterprises and smaller, "goods producing" operations, and will discuss the possible future manufacturing strategies for both large and small enterprises.
The "Design of Experiments" workshop will demonstrate the "sweet spots" of design variables and teach attendees how to structure a range of experiments, from quickly organized, simple plans to the more complex ones focused on minimizing experimental effort.
Participants will have the opportunity to suggest questions in advance of the event. Go to www.nationalmanufacturingweek.com.
Are they robots or androids? We're not exactly sure. Each talking, gesturing Geminoid looks exactly like a real individual, starting with their creator, professor Hiroshi Ishiguro of Osaka University in Japan.
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.