The U.S. Army's Future Combat System (FCS) Program has won an Army Knowledge Award for its Advanced Collaborative Environment (ACE), in which PTC was a partner. The award recognizes successful examples of enterprise knowledge management solutions. Boeing employed PTC Windchill for collaborative design, development, testing, production, and support of weapons systems in the FCS ACE project. PTC's software has led to quicker turnaround for the FCS program, which consists of one large combat system combining 19 individual systems.
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.