Precision measurement and control equipment includes linear and rotary encoders, CNC controls, digital readout systems, and digital height gages. New models of these product types include the Manual Plus M lathe digital turning control which is equipped with an integrated drive package for controlling two axis plus spindle. New gages include the ST 12 incremental length gage from the company's SPECTO program and the MT 1201 and MT 2501 length gages from its METRO program. Sealed and exposed incremental linear scales are also available.
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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.