Flying may become a more serene experience for those traveling on the new 737 NG Boeing Business Jet. Engineers have completed tests on a new active noise and vibration control system, supplied by the LORD Corp., which has provided engine isolators and mounts, hydraulic pump, and interior isolators for a variety of aircraft. Sound pressure levels dropped an average of 8 to 12 decibels for N1 engine tones. That's significant, especially when you consider that decibels are logarithms of sound levels. Now, if only someone could do something about those screaming babies.
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.