Parducci Wine Cellars has converted to 100 percent solar and wind power to run its winery. The company transferred all of its energy needs to non-polluting, renewable sources by supplementing its on-site solar power with Green-E certified wind energy purchased from the Bonneville Environmental Foundation. Parducci says the conversion has done the equivalent of removing 172 cars from the road for a year or planting 242 acres of trees.
In an age of globalization and rapid changes through scientific progress, two of our societies' (and economies') main concerns are to satisfy the needs and wishes of the individual and to save precious resources. Cloud computing caters to both of these.
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.