The SPS/IPC/DRIVES show is one of the most successful electric automation shows in Europe. To wit, 1,000 exhibitors are expected at this year's show in Nuremberg, Germany, November 23-25. The show's sponsor, Messe Frankfurt, in conjunction with American partners, hopes to duplicate that success here in the U.S. with a new show next year. SPS
Electric Automation America will take place May 24-26, 2005 in Rosemount, IL. Dan Jones, vice president of Motion Media Group, and a well-known personality in the motion control industry, has been crisscrossing the country over the past several months, promoting the show and signing up contributors for what looks to be a substantial technical conference associated with the show. "We think this event will serve as a much-needed and highly useful information source for design engineers," says Jones, who adds that the conference will focus on application success stories and examples of breakthrough technologies in a number of critical technology areas. Key technologies covered in both the exhibit and conference will include controls, drives, software, sensors, and networks. For more information, check out the show's website at http://rbi.ims.ca.3857-537.
The word “smart” is becoming the dumbest word around. It has been applied to almost every device and system in our homes. In addition to smartphones and smart meters, we now hear about smart clothing and smart shoes, smart lights, smart homes, smart buildings, and every trendy city today has its smart city project. Just because it has a computer inside and is connected to the Web, does not mean it is smart.
Are you being paid enough? Do you want a better job? According to a recent survey Manpower released just before Engineers Week, employers and engineers don't see eye-to-eye about the state of US engineers' skills and experience.
Two issues have been the bane of the plastics industry for as long as one can remember: The ban on plastic grocery bags and whether the use of bisphenol A (BPA) in plastics such as polycarbonate and PVC is harmful to humans.
Focus on Fundamentals consists of 45-minute on-line classes that cover a host of technologies. You learn without leaving the comfort of your desk. All classes are taught by subject-matter experts and all are archived. So if you can't attend live, attend at your convenience.