Custom-designed lighting products for MIDCAB, saphenous vein harvesting, laproscopic, and other procedures can be combined with customized or commercially available light sources to provide shadowless, high-intensity light with no heat. The molded, disposable lightpipes can be attached to retractors and instruments or used as stand-alone shapes. The design puts light where it is most beneficial, reducing glare and hot spots which can be distracting to the surgeon.
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.