Smart machines are the next major step in the continuing quest for ever greater manufacturing productivity." That's Cincinnati Lamb's Richard A. Curless explaining participation in the Smart Machine initiative funded by the National Center for Manufacturing Science. At September's International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) Curless, director, Global Research and Development, indicated that Cincinnati Lamb would lead the collaborative effort. The objective, says Curless, is to drive technology that will equip machine tools and entire manufacturing systems with the following capabilities:
- Generate and execute its own process plan.
- Make the first part (and every subsequent part) right.
- Know its capabilities/condition with the ability to be interrogated.
- Know the quality of its work.
- Learn and improve over time.