Split between two Silicon Valley venues in San Jose and Santa Clara, November's Wescon Electronics trade show featured 1,330 exhibits, 100 more than in 1996. The 32,064 attendees provided standing-room audiences for the keynote addresses and also heavily trafficked the IC Expo area. Some of the latest electronic components show attendees found include BI Technologies RC6 thick-film resistor/capacitor networks in a 2512-size surface-mount chip array. The monolithic-chip filtering device is geared for high clock-speed requirements with greater reliability, and reduced lead inductance in a small package that allows soldering close to active components ...AVX showed its Accu-P(reg) series RF/microwave capacitor in an 0402 size, featuring capacitance values down to 0.1 pF. A low-loss silicon oxide dielectric and highly conductive electrodes produce extremely low equivalent series resistance and guaranteed high Q through 2,400 Mhz ...IRC displayed its WSM Series of molded-case surface-mount wirewound resistors having resistance down to 0.05V and capable of handling up to 2W. The epoxy encapsulated devices are compatible with all pick-and-place equipment and reflow solder processes ...The AMPOWER(TM) Multi Pin Plus series from AMP offers flexible molding to easily create connectors for signal to 150A current systems. The mold housing modules can be combined to produce one-piece connector configurations, from one to six inches long, for many types and arrangements of contacts. Manufacturers can specify their own connector design of two, three, four or eight contact positions. ...Phoenix Contact was on hand with its recent PLUSCON family of industrial plug connectors. These are rated up to IP68 for protection against dirt and waterspray while the plastic and metal housings resist corrosion from salt and other chemicals ...And, W. L. Gore & Associates presented the latest in its line of Hybrid Ribbon cables. Accommodating any combination of cabling, such as coaxes, twisted pair, power pods, fiber optics, or fluid tubes, they are clad in GORE-TEX(reg) for high-temperature resistance, flex life, and tight bend radii.
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.