This year's Robotics Conference, to be held June 9-10 in suburban Detroit, will examine bottom line issues such as cost justification for automating with robotics and manufacturing issues such as the variety of new applications for robots, says the Robotic Industries Association. Highlights include presentations from Pirelli Tire North America (www.us.pirelli.com), Nestlé (www.nestle.com), and Borg Warner (www.bwauto.com) about implementing robotics at these companies. For more information on the conference, go to http://rbi.ims.ca/3848-523.
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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.