Opto 22 manufactures and develops hardware and software for enterprise data acquisition, remote monitoring, industrial automation, and machine-to-machine applications. Now the company has added a customizable feature to its website that will allow customers, partners, and other visitors to personalize the content, as well as opt into notifications of software upgrades, hardware revisions, and new white papers, data sheets, and case studies. To visit and customize the website, go to www.opto22.com.
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.