The French Commissariat a l'Energie Atomique (CEA) has unveiled the first infrared images taken inside a nuclear fusion reactor. Taken at the CEA's TORE SUPRA tokamak reactor, the images show the temperature variations and integrity of components that face the plasma. The camera acquired images of critical components at 1.5 to 5 microns wavelength, where there is maximum energy in the infrared bands.
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.