EOS GmbH, a German manufacturer of laser sintering machines, has chalked up its first system installation in the North American market. Synergeering SLS LLC (Farmington Hills, MI) has installed the EOSINT P 700, which produces plastic prototypes and features the largest build envelop for this type of machine at 27.5 x 15 x 22.8 inches. Another EOS machine, this one for metals, will soon follow suit. The company has announced that Morris Technologies (Cincinnati, OH) has just ordered one of EOS' Direct Metal Laser Sintering machines. For more information, visit www.eos.info.
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.