40 years in the interactive computing industry, starting at GE Time Share, now president of i-MARK, a provider of web-self-service tools for manufacturers to install on their websites to better serve design engineers and product specifiers who visit to look for product solutions.
Passionate advocate of manufacturers using their interactive websites to maximize brand value by 'putting their websites to work' to better serve customers and selling partners. I am a firm believer in the notion that engineers and specifiers have moved their product discovery and research to the Internet. This means that suppliers must be serving and selling 24/7 on the Internet to remain competitive.
In an age of globalization and rapid changes through scientific progress, two of our societies' (and economies') main concerns are to satisfy the needs and wishes of the individual and to save precious resources. Cloud computing caters to both of these.
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.