Lighting Science Group Corp., an LED lighting producer, and Tech Lighting, a company that produces light fixtures for architects and interior designers, have launched a full line of LED-based lighting products. Lighting Science will integrate its LED technology into Tech Lightings’ fixtures for both residential and commercial use. Tech Lighting teamed with Lighting Science in order to add LEDs to its product mix. “We partnered with Lighting Science because we felt they could lead us to an LED lighting system that meets our stringent requirements,” says Steve Harriott, president of Encompass Lighting Group, the parent company of Tech Lighting.
LEDs are growing in popularity due to their low energy consumption. LEDs consume up to 80 percent less energy than traditional incandescent lights and 50 percent less than fluorescent lighting.
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.