Alexander Wolfe: What's the most significant point that you think Gary made this week, point or info that's new to you?
During Part 2 of this track, Gary talked about Test Plans. To make his points, he provided stories of his experiences at HP. We ALL are familiar with ink jet printers, and hearing his stories of HPs testing allow his points to be driven home in excellent fashion. We don't get to see behind the curtain very often, so this was the next best thing to getting a tour at HP. Well done, Gary!
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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.