There is a lot of detail involved in the design of gas- and chemical-delivery process modules in manufacturing, especially for the semiconductor industry. Celerity Inc. decided to ask for help from a software company primarily known for its simulation software. But MSC.Software, developer of MSC/NASTRAN, also provides services, and as part of that activity the company worked with Celerity to integrate Dassault Systemes' SmarTeam product-data management software. Celerity will use SmarTeam for accessing multiple CAD, BOM (bills of material), and document-handling systems. "PDM is an important part of any manufacturer's information technology infrastructure, especially as it relates to linking virtual product development data to BOM and other procurement data," says MSC Chairman Frank Perna.
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.