Two non-contacting, claw-type rotors in an oil-free chamber provide the vacuum for the Busch MM Series (www.buschpump.com) dry vacuum pump. Busch engineers say it's for applications where dust particles are present. The non-contacting design means no wear in the pumping chamber, they say, so maintenance is low.
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.