My washing machine just gave out after about 12 years of service. I looked at Best Buy, Sears, and Menards. All the front loaders had doors that opened to the left. My house, my daughter’s house, my girlfriend’s house all have laundry spaces plumbed for washers to the right of the dryer, therefore need a right opening door. My old unit had a reversible door. The new ones don’t. Best Buy said they could order one special, at more than twice the cost. After many hours on line, I found one economical washer with a right opening door. That is the one I ordered.
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.