ITI (Dresden, Germany, www.iti.de/simulation) has its ITI-SIM Version 3.3 engineering simulation software available for on-line tryouts. No need to register either—the package can be tried anonymously for a two-hour shakedown. The session can include loading sample model files, changing parameters, running simulations, and viewing the results. The viewer can also create his or her own models. For help there is a Getting Started tutorial as well as two test choices: Hydraulic Cylinder Drive and Automotive Powertrain and Vehicle Simulation. Once registered, the user can save models, parameters, and results in a free evaluation period for upwards of four weeks. The simulation models are graphic-interactive featuring practical tested models compiled from physical oriented application libraries.
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.