Maybe we should be asking readers for photos of the most impressive engineering desktops (not their own) in their companies. We have all seen the engineer with piles of equipment and papers everywhere; it's all too common. We can probably learn more and get new ideas from the opposite approach. In fact, are there ANY engineers who have desktops that could be mistaken for an accountant or business executive out there?
I have to agree with Al Sledge's wife about whatever expletive she choose to describe his work area. I'm glad none of those cluttered creations reside in my house or my office space. Beyond all the mess, however, I was intrigued by that FiFo dog robot ... what is that all about?
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.