The National Institute of Standards and Technology provides funding for industrial and academic research through competitive grants and awards. Aimed at research in such specified fields as materials science, fire research, and precision measurement, these awards have also been made more accessible for small businesses or industry-led joint ventures. Visit www.nist.gov to find out how to apply for funding.
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.