@Rob Spiegel: Have I seen improvements in management? That's like asking if parents today are better than parents two decades ago. You still have different personalities involved for both the manager and the underlings and you still have new people coming into those positions that don't know it yet. Company culture and country/ethnic cultures come into play too. Someone made a comment about parenting. "There is no such thing as a parenting style; it is a parenting hybrid." Each kid is different. I know that because I have six of my own. Same with management. What's effective depends on the people involved.
PTC will offer a virtual desktop environment for its Creo product design applications, potentially freeing engineers to run them from remote desktops on a variety of operating systems and mobile devices.
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 radio show will show what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.