Germany's ELAU AG (http://rbi.ims.ca/3848-524) and Schneider Electric (http://rbi.ims.ca/3848-530) have formed a partnership to collaborate in the automation of packaging machines and to meet the packaging requirements of the leading global players in the consumer goods industries. According to the companies, ELAU can complement Schneider's targeting of the packaging OEM segment by providing capabilities in that domain. It also enhances Schneider's motion control technology—a key area of differentiation in the automation marketplace today—while exploiting Schneider's global infrastructure.
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.