My fascinating visit to the Welland Canal on an overcast day in early November turned into a winner of a repowering story. The public cannot access the areas I did, so browse through my photos below for a look at ships squeezing through locks with less than a foot to spare on either side and close-up shots of Taintor valves, which fill and drain the locks with no pumps required. And be sure to check out video footage from my day at the canal.
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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.