air cylinders now vie with their stainless-steel counterparts for extended
cycle life in hostile environments. Fabco-Air Inc. offers proprietary coatings for
their aluminum pneumatic product lines, providing a cost-effective alternative
to stainless steel. This white paper
documents rigorous life-cycle testing that shows coated aluminum products are
well-protected against the effects of harsh environments. For a fraction of the cost of 303 or 304
stainless air cylinders, Fabco can deliver corrosion-resistant aluminum products
from any of its product lines within 14-20 days.
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.