APC8620 PCI board interfaces up to five IndustryPack-type (IP) ANSI/VITA-4 modules to a PC. By installing various analog, digital, and serial I/O modules on the APC8620 carrier card in any combination, users can develop custom I/O boards with high channel density. Object linking and embedding (OLE) controls software for Windows 95/NT simplifies the integration of IP modules into data acquisition and control applications through object-oriented programming. The OLE controls software handles many common functions including register reads, writes, and interrupts to eliminate programming chores. Applications include data acquisition, process control, test and measurement, motion control, and network data communication.
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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.