The CE computers come with hardware features such as 10BaseT Ethernet, device-ready USB ports, compact Flash port and RS-232 and RS-485-compatible com ports. Its small, fanless-cooled system is compact and quiet, like the company's Silver Series computers the CE line is based on. It is open platform, and can be programmed with any Windows CE-compatible HMI software. Users can create and run their own HMI programs, or use pre-made programming software. Prices start at $739 for a six-inch 256-color STN touchscreen.
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 radio show will show what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.