Comment about selecting an RTOS. If you let the h/w guys pick the ucontroller, you could get stuck trying to find an RTOS that will fit. That's how I ended up using Salvo because uC just would not fit. Turn the process around. Pick the RTOS/IDE that best suits your application, then tell the h/w guys to find you a ucontroller that meets the firmware requirements.
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.