Read an interesting cascading failure discussion resulting from poor mfr QA. Torpedo battery cook-off may have resulted in the loss of USS SCORPION, a US attack submarine. Foil membrane failed under vibes much less than the normal encountered at sea. Membrane failure caused a battery fire which cooked off the torpedo warhead only a few inches away in the body of the torpedo. Caused low-order detonation which caused torpedo room flooding and a loss of depth control leading to the sub falling below crush-depth.
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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.