Teledyne's matrices are modular, with standard subassemblies supporting a number of customized matrix assemblies. They use Teledyne relays and switches inside the assembly and main module, a standard programmable microcontroller in all matrices, and a universal power supply. Standard and customized switching configurations range from compact, four-terminal modules to M-inputs-to-N-outputs rack assemblies. Components offer ± 0.1dB repeatability, power up to 2KW capability, 5M cycles, built-in attenuation/bypass, and 50- and 75-ohm impedance. Standard modules come with LCD displays, manual/direct and/or remote control, and multiple input/output connectors, while the control module offers monitored cycle count, system health-system status, redundancy, LED visual status and upgradeable in-circuit programming.
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.