At the risk of being castigated by several sections of the design community, why do we still have cans of corned beef that need a key to open them....? I'ts not like it's a new development in the marketplace.... the original tin was developed for Napoleons army - and was made out of Lead.... It was only about 10 years later that the can opener was invented. And yet 150 years later, we still have to insert a little snap off key into a tab, and wind it around the circumference of the recepticle..... is this a purely European and African thing, or is it also applicable to the U.S.?
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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.