@luizcosta: Regression testing where there is a list of tests that get run through every time. It is used, for example, every week to qualify a new code drop before releasing it to everybody, to make sure nothing is broken. It is a subset of all the tests because it is mainly a quick test to make sure nothing is generally broken.
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.