show was very strong and we expect this one to be as strong, if not exceed it,"
says Mary Uhrina, a spokeswoman for IMTS.
show is highlighting technology standardization. A Manufacturing Business and
Technology Forum at the show is showcasing a collaboration between
manufacturing technology and computer science that aims to create a new
standard for accessing and displaying machine data in a more understandable
manner. Known as MTConnect, the new
standard is being demonstrated at the show by remotely displaying data from 24
companies at 24 locations on the show floor.
began Monday and will run through Saturday, September 13. The next IMTS
will be held in 2010.
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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.