The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) report "Assessment of the Market for Compressed Air Efficiency," which examines the market for engineering and consulting services to improve the efficiency of compressed air systems, is available from the Office of Industrial Technology (www.oit.doe.gov). Some highlights from the study: More than half of industrial plant air systems have energy savings opportunities, and that the savings could range from 15 to 60% with investments that could pay for themselves in less than two years.
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.