Parker Hannifin is serious about taking its technology wireless, and it says that its first Bluetooth-enabled industrial automation products will be available later this year. Visitors to the Hannover Fair in Germany in April had a chance to see some of Parker's new wireless technology, including a demo hydraulic system that performs wireless diagnostics and a complete industrial automation system linking pneumatic, electromechanical, and hydraulic devices via Bluetooth. Parker plans to target various end applications, particularly those that involve harsh operating conditions and require clean environments.
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.