Courtesy of Ferrari bearing supplier SKF, visitors to the Design News booth at the National Design Engineering Show had a chance to see six-time World Driving Champion Michael Schumacher's Formula 1 Ferrari. The 2001 car embodies the most advanced technologies in aerodynamics, materials, controls, and powertrains that Ferrari will allow on public display. Also shown were cutaway, cutting-edge bearings SKF develops for racing applications.
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.