Automotive Body Int'l magazine for automotive body engineers and managers worldwide explores the latest methods for faster and more-efficient product development with the goal of reducing development time and costs. Upcoming issues will cover advanced body design and engineering, automotive body materials, body manufacturing and assembly, safety and environmental systems, and advanced manufacturing process technologies.
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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.