The fourth annual COFES (Congress on the Future of Engineering Software) meeting for engineering-software leaders gets underway May 15, 2003, in Scottsdale, AZ. The agenda includes discussion of a range of topics relating to software, hardware, and general engineering and business issues. Industry executives and analysts have been the primary attendees in the past, but this year users will also be eligible to attend the conference sessions. Attendance is by invitation. For more information, go to www.cofes.com.
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.