I am a Test Engineer. I have the unfortunate responsibility to task aviation parts to break in my bench vs. in the airframe. While I make many engineers unhappy I can see a pattern that the ones following our engineering procedures to the letter rarely make a mistake (which is 99% of our engineers). Redesign is a very low percent and it occurs prior to product release. Also another pattern I see is in the cost reduction budget. While many might think that cost reduction might produce unreliable product I disagree with that mentality. I see that the larger cost reduction budget generally introduces better practices and also fixes previous problems that might not have been spotted. It directly relates to more reliable products as well as better engineering practices. It forces you to revisit old designs and improve them as well as produce them at a lower cost. It's a win-win.
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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.