Targeting the stent-manufacturing industry, this fully integrated system uses an integral linear-rotary design, offering two to five times higher throughput than screw-based or more traditional manufacturing, but it can still keep submicron tolerances on tight parts geometries. The system can produce as many stents as ordinary systems, but with fewer parts and taking up less floor space.
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.