To address the systems and product design issues important
to its more than 94,000 subscribers
who approve the purchase of and/or specification of automation and control components (source: Design News BPA statement 12/09),
Design News announces the launch of its Automation & Control blog at www.designnews.com. The blog will address relevant news, trends
and events related to automation and control technologies such as controllers,
sensors, drives and motors, robotics and motion control components, I/O, and
system and device network connectivity such as fieldbus, Ethernet and wireless.
"Automation and control technologies are essential aspects
of the system and product design coverage that Design News is well known for
providing," said David Greenfield, editorial director of Design News and
principal contributor to the Automation & Control blog. "From designing the
operational capabilities of industrial systems and OEM machinery to common
consumer and industrial products, design engineers increasingly rely on knowing
everything they can about the latest and most trusted automation and control
technologies available to them."
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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.