In the ’50s and ’60s, British cars had left-hand lugs on one side of vehicles. Finally someone realized that four or five properly torqued lugs can stay on regardless of wheel rotation.
While in college, I repaired then-new six-transistor radios. They were mostly made in United States and Japan. One always rotated the edge disk of the volume control upwards to turn on and increase volume - until China entered. But, twist ties, both in my home and coming in on products produced in the United States seem to be left hand, or counter clockwise twisted to tighten. Drives me nuts. So, where and when did the monkeys really show, eh? I’m afraid no one cares anymore….
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.