Monkeys MUST have designed the way the front bumper, grill and trim work are installed on the 2005 (at least) model year Chevrolet Equinox. To replace a burned out headlamp you need to unfasten the entire front grill assembly to pull the lamp housing out (just) enough to get at the bulb to change it. It is such a joy to do this in the middle of a Michigan winter or early spring. It would be a safe bet that the equivalent models from the rest of GM’s line-up are the same.
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.