The MC1451A v 2.5 advanced multi-axis step-motor chipset features safety features installed to provide on-the-fly detection of an over-travel condition. The MC1451A chipset supports two limit switches that can automatically recognize an "end of travel" condition. When the over-travel condition becomes active, such as during a system malfunction, the limit switches can automatically notify the host.
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.