Clad in yellow coveralls and hardhat, George Bush is working the show floor at National Manufacturing Week in Rosemont, IL. For the past three years, solvent recycler Becca Inc. has employed a Bush mask on the character pushing a 55 gallon drum of waste materials. “It’s not a political statement,” says Richard Williams.
Though the Bush mask is often a big draw for getting people into the booth, this week’s attendees are more attracted to the fake $20 bills strewn around the Bush mannequin, Williams says. Those bills are stamped with the company’s theme statement, that if you’re using someone else to remove solvents, you’re throwing money away.
In an age of globalization and rapid changes through scientific progress, two of our societies' (and economies') main concerns are to satisfy the needs and wishes of the individual and to save precious resources. Cloud computing caters to both of these.
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.