Renco Encoders Inc. (www.renco.com) has added a 3D modeling feature to its website, where users can select specific encoder models, enter the specifications, and create a 3D model that can be rotated, zoomed, and panned on-screen. Downloads in various CAD and graphic formats are also available for both 3D and 2D models. In addition, users may submit specifications for price quotes.
In an age of globalization and rapid changes through scientific progress, two of our societies' (and economies') main concerns are to satisfy the needs and wishes of the individual and to save precious resources. Cloud computing caters to both of these.
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.