HOME  |  NEWS  |  BLOGS  |  MESSAGES  |  FEATURES  |  VIDEOS  |  WEBINARS  |  INDUSTRIES  |  FOCUS ON FUNDAMENTALS
  |  REGISTER  |  LOGIN  |  HELP
Blogs
Blog

Self-Aware Control Systems

NO RATINGS
View Comments: Newest First|Oldest First|Threaded View
William K.
User Rank
Platinum
Not really "self aware", rather "condition monitoring"
William K.   6/20/2014 4:57:10 PM
NO RATINGS
Self awareness is a lot different from self condition monitoring. Machines that can keep track of their own condition are usually a good choice, while a "self aware" machine would probably be a real source of grief. A lot of machine condition monitoring can be added all in code, with no new sensors or other hardware, if the writer of the control code adequately understands how the machine should be working. Monitoring the time for each motion is a good exmple, it just requires an additional timer and a bit more code, and some usable means of announcing when some system starts to suffer from slower performance. Vibration sensing is a more complex task, and that would usually need a sensor dedicated to vibration monitoring.

naperlou
User Rank
Blogger
Well within reach
naperlou   6/19/2014 11:07:35 AM
NO RATINGS
Al, this type of functionality is well within reach.  In the early 1980s I worked on an R&D project at a simulation maker to do something similar.  Implementing it was more challenging that it would be today.  We had a mircoprocessor controller that was microcodable, so I made up some new instructions to do the analysis more quickly.  Today there is so much computing power and memory available that this technology can be added to almost any industrial system.  Many powerful S0C microcontrollers cost in the range or $1 per unit in quantity.  In most systems I have seen the sensor, whcih is often very specialized, is the more expensive component.  This is changing as well.  So, bring on the self-aware functionality.  Of course, you will need more software engineers to do that.

Partner Zone
More Blogs
Hacking has a long history in the movies, beginning with Tron and War Games and continuing through The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.
In a line of ultra-futuristic projects, DARPA is developing a brain microchip that will help heal the bodies and minds of soldiers. A final product is far off, but preliminary chips are already being tested.
New manufacturing is changing more than just the plant floor. It's changing how manufacturers do business.
Venture capital guru Steve Vassallo looks for companies that think about design, not just technology for technology's sake.
In this TED presentation, Wayne Cotter, a computer engineer turned standup comic, explains why engineers are natural comedians.
Design News Webinar Series
9/10/2014 11:00 a.m. California / 2:00 p.m. New York
7/23/2014 11:00 a.m. California / 2:00 p.m. New York
7/17/2014 11:00 a.m. California / 2:00 p.m. New York
6/25/2014 11:00 a.m. California / 2:00 p.m. New York
Quick Poll
The Continuing Education Center offers engineers an entirely new way to get the education they need to formulate next-generation solutions.
Sep 22 - 26, MCU Software Development – A Step-by-Step Guide (Using a Real Eval Board)
SEMESTERS: 1  |  2  |  3  |  4  |  5  |  6


Focus on Fundamentals consists of 45-minute on-line classes that cover a host of technologies. You learn without leaving the comfort of your desk. All classes are taught by subject-matter experts and all are archived. So if you can't attend live, attend at your convenience.
Next Class: September 30 - October 2
Sponsored by Altera
Learn More   |   Login   |   Archived Classes
Twitter Feed
Design News Twitter Feed
Like Us on Facebook

Sponsored Content

Technology Marketplace

Copyright © 2014 UBM Canon, A UBM company, All rights reserved. Privacy Policy | Terms of Service