Rob, vision systems, cameras and software, have been improving lately. With smart cameras and high bandwidth communciations, there are more ways to integrate cameras than ever before. I see lots of great new applications coming in the automation world.
Rob, this is a great topic for for the Medical Design & Manufacturing Show. Much of that show is about high-production volume manufacturing of medical parts, which involves broad use of vision systems.
Using wireless chips and accessories, engineers can now extract data from the unlikeliest of places -- pumps, motors, bridges, conveyors, refineries, cooling towers, parking garages, down-hole drills and just about anything else that can benefit from monitoring.
With strong marketplace demand for qualified engineers across the board that currently outstrips the available supply, there may never be a better time for engineers and project managers to advance their careers and salaries. Whether those moves are successful in the short-term and long-term is likely to depend on how the transition from one job to the next is handled.
Focus on Fundamentals consists of 45-minute on-line classes that cover a host of technologies. You learn without leaving the comfort of your desk. All classes are taught by subject-matter experts and all are archived. So if you can't attend live, attend at your convenience.