In addition to keynote speeches, workshops and product showcases, attendees will have the opportunity to visit pavilions on the show floor.
Several pavilions will be of high interest to design engineers:
Contract Manufacturing will provide visits with companies that can help maximize contract investments.
Microsystems will enable attendees to find the products, tools and suppliers needed to reach the "next level of miniaturization and the product innovation."
Motion Technology will demonstrate a collection of power transmission, electromechanical, hydraulic and pneumatic components, and control systems.
Attendees can also visit the CAD/CAM pavilion, sponsored by CADwire.net. where participants will be able to "test drive the next-generation systems" from current suppliers. The SolidWorks Partners pavilion, sponsored by SolidWorks, offers product design, providing software and services designed to help manufacturers get new products to market faster.
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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.