Engineers attending SAMPE 2004, the composites and advanced materials symposium running from May 16 to 20, can get the inside scoop on the design and materials challenges associated with new fighters. Michael Fortson, director of the Joint Strike Fighter Program at Lockheed Martin, will deliver a keynote address entitled "F-35: 21st Century Fighter Design and Materials Technology." For more information on the symposium, visit www.sampe .org.
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.