Worried about whether rewinding a motor will degrade its efficiency? Well rewind away. Findings from a study by the Electrical Apparatus Service Association conclude that motors can be rewound multiple times with no loss of efficiency, so long as it's done carefully and operators follow standard procedures. The study examined 50 to 300 hp electric motors with ratings of 1,800 and 3,600 rpm.
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.