Bird Electronic Corp. chose a unique way to celebrate the production of its 300,000th Model 43 Wattmeter. The Solon, OH firm gold plated that meter when it came off the line and put it up for auction. Funds from the month-long auction, which closed after press time, will be donated to a charity of the winning bidder's choice. Bird began making the Model 43 in 1952. For more information, visit http://rbi.ims.ca/4396-539.
A new service lets engineers and orthopedic surgeons design and 3D print highly accurate, patient-specific, orthopedic medical implants made of metal -- without owning a 3D printer. Using free, downloadable software, users can import ASCII and binary .STL files, design the implant, and send an encrypted design file to a third-party manufacturer.
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.