By now everyone understands that not only is change a given, but that it is also vital in our business.
No one said that change would be easy or painless, but with forethought and realistic planning, change can be more manageable.
In my factory, I have dozens of sophisticated systems from multiple vendors. I have seen few cases where our vendors introduced next generation systems with minimal disruptions to our operations (data systems, compatibility, training, etc.). The situation is especially disruptive when changing vendors.
A more perfect factory would be one where vendors and OEMs embraced geater standardization. Such standardization would allow a "plug and play" ability within the factory systems. Computers and the internet are an example of the benefits that derive from standardization.
I know that this is a global vision. I am hoping that a greater global awareness will drive this vision.
Truchard will be presented the award at the 2014 Golden Mousetrap Awards ceremony during the co-located events Pacific Design & Manufacturing, MD&M West, WestPack, PLASTEC West, Electronics West, ATX West, and AeroCon.
In a bid to boost the viability of lithium-based electric car batteries, a team at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has developed a chemistry that could possibly double an EV’s driving range while cutting its battery cost in half.
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.