Marathon MR1F fiber-optic ratio thermometer measures temperature in hot, hostile en-vironments; in high electromagnetic fields; and in other difficult applica-tions where the line of sight to the target may be obscured. The MR1F consists of a small, rugged optical head; a field-replaceable, fiber-optic cable; and a separate electronics enclosure with built-in user interface. Proprietary signal processing electronics support advanced features such as remote sensor set-up, real-time display of target temperature, and field-calibration software.
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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.