Does this picture remind you of your first workplace? OK, perhaps it predates your personal experiences by about a century, but we're sure you can come up with a caption that's both apt and hopefully offers a humorous take on the situation. For example: "It's a wood chipper, linear actuator, and PLC all rolled into one!" or "Can engineering have a little more time to get all the bugs out?"
Since neither of those lines are funny, we're sure you can do better. Add your caption to the comments field below. In about a month, we'll put the best submissions up and the winner will earn the awe of his or her fellow readers.
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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.