This case came from my brother. This was back in the 90s. He asked me, “Hey, Ron my truck only gets up to about 40-45 mph, and it coughs and sputters. What’s wrong?”
I started laughing. “Ah, its nothing. You have a bug in the main jet.”
To make a long story short, I went over with a pair of tweezers and a screw driver. He bet me a 6 pack of Pepsi that I was full of bull. Well, I opened the top of carburetor and looked down into the area the main jets are positioned. I picked up the tweezers and plucked a big bug out of the carburetor. I offered my brother a Pepsi and went home.
Oh well, computers can have bugs in them, so why not a good truck? The reason for the bug? Exxon produced a fuel back in the 90s that attracted bugs.
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.