The MathWorks has just released two new versions of its software: MATLAB 7 and Simulink 6. Intended for technical computing, MATLAB 7 features built-in support for integer and single-precision floating-point math. It also includes MATLAB Compiler, which helps developers run more MATLAB applications independently of MATLAB itself. Simulink 6 provides model-based design for large-model applications and several design teams. Made to improve the design, implementation, and verification processes, the software may eliminate manual coding errors and offer faster development cycle times. To find out more, go to http://rbi.ims.ca/3850-576.
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.