A new 3D solid modeling standard has been set at the request of Industry and the U.S. Government. ASME Y14.41, an extension of ASME Y14.5M, serves as a guide for CAD software packages to develop modeling and annotation practices. The standard comes in two forms: model only, and model and drawing in digital format. Among the developers of the standard are individuals from GM, Raytheon, EDS PLM Solutions, Ford, Lockheed Martin, and Purdue University. Check out www.asme.org/codes/pr/y1441.html.
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.