Cleveland--Transporting highly machined parts that weigh 50 lbs each has just become an easier, safer job. The costly components, made by a leading aircraft company, now ride on a specially designed polycarbonate cart.
Made from a rugged high-impact plastic (GE Plastics' Lexan(reg)), the cart outperforms ordinary industrial metal carts, according to its manufacturer, Qube Corp. Inc. (Chagrin Falls, OH). "This results from the cart's lighter weight, rounded corners, and specially engineered shelves," says William Cody, Qube's national sales and marketing manager. "And the cart won't rust, dent, or corrode."
In addition, the custom-made cart beats its metal counterparts when it comes to cost. Cody estimates the plastic cart costs 15% to 20% less than its steel or wire counterparts.
"No question about it, the polycarbonate cart answered our customer's special needs," Cody adds. "We can customize carts to meet any specification, or our engineers can create a completely new product."
Are they robots or androids? We're not exactly sure. Each talking, gesturing Geminoid looks exactly like a real individual, starting with their creator, professor Hiroshi Ishiguro of Osaka University in Japan.
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.