From September 22 through the 25, the Fluid Power Society will host its annual meeting in Troy, MI. In addition to the Committee and Board Meetings, the society will host an Accredited Instructors Workshop, highlighting new C&C certification and proctor information, updates on society policies, finalized details of grading procedures, and new job performance tests. Robert J. Sheaf, Jr., of CFC Solar, Inc., and Consultant Raymond F. Hanley will host the workshop. The new kit upgrades, which include everything to proctor and grade the new JP test, will be available for purchase at the meeting. For more information or to register, go to www.ifps.org.
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.