Agree--this is an excellent article. One of the things I wondered about when in product design was the somewhat slipshod manner in which packaging was considered. It was pretty much an afterthough on the part of the design team and management that controlled that team. I always thought this was a huge miscalculation on their part. The packaging process was at the end of the design cycle and represented the greatest effort in cost control. (Again--a real problem.) Even though we had impact test, "shake test", drop test, etc. the overall goal was to provide the best box for the least amount of money. Our product always made it to the distributor but from the distributor to the end user was sometimes really suspect. Again--great article.
Tom, Thanks for the excellent article. More highly synchronized AC servos and robotics are definitely adding unique capabilities to new machinery designs. Stopped by your booth at MD&M East and got a demo of new systems.
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.