Beth, there have been articles and webinars regarding PLM in Design News before. They were very enlightening. I am working with a number of smaller firms and start-ups and am really interested to see how these technologies apply at a smaller scale.
I'm certain the presentation will be interesting and I plan to attend.The subject is one to which I deeply subscribe; that being that anyone who uses a product, from the early adopters, to the retail salesperson, and even the factory assembly personnel – everybody ---has an opinion of the product, and many of those opinions can be very useful when it comes time to put the next generation product into design.Additionally, many non-technical users deem it an honor when their opinion is sought on a product's performance and are more than happy to elaborate, given the opportunity to do so.
Robots that walk have come a long way from simple barebones walking machines or pairs of legs without an upper body and head. Much of the research these days focuses on making more humanoid robots. But they are not all created equal.
The IEEE Computer Society has named the top 10 trends for 2014. You can expect the convergence of cloud computing and mobile devices, advances in health care data and devices, as well as privacy issues in social media to make the headlines. And 3D printing came out of nowhere to make a big splash.
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.