Engineers, prepare for your PE and FE exams by going to the American Society of Mechanical Engineers website (www.asme.org). The site offers online self studies, review workbooks, study suggestions, and a video review program, as well as a list of state requirements for PEs. Interactive online exam review classes start in January. According to the website, NCEES claims that professional engineers may receive salaries that are 15 to 25% higher than those not licensed.
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.