Very good seminar, I can relate directly. My formal back ground has be electronics but over the years I have found that I needed to understand other disiplines such as mechanical and flow mechanics in the performance of my daily tasks. Like the previous post while starting in my first postion in 1969 where I worked for a small electronics company building telephone switching equipment and having to build specialized equipment to automate manufacturing processes. I have been lucky to have worked in manufacturing then test engineering, product engineers, design engineering and R&D. My initall experince in manufactuing processes definately helped make me a better engineer and develop better products.
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.