Accounting for 10% of the advanced motion control market, stepper drives are seeing an annual revenue growth from $140 million in 2001 to an expected $165.8 million by 2008, according to market research company Frost & Sullivan. Leading the charge is Parker Hannifin with over 12% of the stepper drive market, followed by Schneider Electric with 10%.
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.