The National Fluid Power Association (NFPA) will hold an Economic Outlook Conference at the Pfister Hotel in Milwaukee on August 16-17, 2005. A lineup of speakers at the conference will look at trends in domestic and international markets for automotive manufacturing, construction and agricultural machinery, and machine tools. Speakers will also offer macroeconomic and end-use market forecasts. For more information, visit www.nfpa.com.
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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.