Reduction of the weight of automotive wiring is critical. Today, the average vehicle has 70-80 lbs of wiring on board. Many vehicles have more than that. And with some vehicles now incorporating more than 100 microcontrollers, the amount of wiring is going to continue to increase. At some point, the auto industry will hit a limit, though. It can't just keep adding wires.
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.