I bought a GE freezer that only lasted three years. It lost all of its coolant chemical (Freon) due to a leak and was not repairable for less than it would cost to purchase a new one. The appliance had a 1 year warranty, and ours was three years old. A repairman came by and said, “You got a lemon.”
Obviously, we had to pull all the food out of it and fortunately our son had just bought a freezer that was not yet filled.” When we contacted the company, they gave us considerations that amounted to the fact that they would sell us a replacement one for $100 above retail. The customer service person said, “You know these freezers are made by humans.” Perhaps Monkeys could do better.
Our previous freezer (given to us after an aunt passed away) lasted 30 years.
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.