Four new publications from ISO can help design engineers cut through the maze of new international management standards. One book is the 586-page "ISO 14000 Environmental Management." It contains the 20 published documents presently comprising ISO's family of environmental standards, plus related technical reports and draft standards. Also, two free brochures assist in understanding and implementing the recently revised ISO 9000:2000 series of standards for quality management. They are "Quality Management Principles" and "ISO 9000: Selection and Use." In addition, the fifth edition of "The ISO Directory of ISO 9000 and ISO 14000 Accreditation and Certification Bodies" is now out. All four publications are available from the ISO Central Secretariat at firstname.lastname@example.org. Specify if you want French versions.
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.