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Help!! Your opinion on the direction of Industrial technology devices?


Declan McEvoy

Jan 1, 1970
Hi All,

You might be able to help me in the following.

My knowledge base is in electro-mechanical devices and hence I currently
providing training to Industry in the areas of Pneumatics, Hydraulics, PLC's
and associated technologies.

I am thinking of branching out my training services into other related areas
and so I am setting about doing a little research as to what devices or
kinds of technology are now the most popular & indeed as to what devices are
going to be the up and coming norms in technology for the future. Perhaps
devices like variable speed drives or proportional hydraulics?

I am wondering has anybody got an opinion on what is or will be in demand in
this area of electro-mechanical engineering. I'm particularly interested in
packages like PLC's, Logic Blocks, Variable Speed Drives etc as they are
small and relatively cheap and simple to make related training devices and
accompanying notes etc.

Any ideas will be much appreciated.


Dimitrios Tzortzakakis

Jan 1, 1970
Dear Declan,
PLCs are not considered electromechanical devices, but computers of
industrial strength.A very interesting apllication of hydraulics is the
german diesel-hydraulic train locomotive.Also, a very common
electromechanical device is the old-fashioned timer of washing machines and
dishwashers.Most devices now tend to be electronic, timers, washing-machine
timers.The only thing that will stay e-m is the relay, there is no
substitute for it.Variable speed control drives are also electronic, AFAIK
they have no moving parts except perhaps a fan.