We actually bring in the guy who writes the manual for the product early in the game. If *he* can't explain it or figure out how a user is going to understand it, you probably have a product full of lousy features. Then you invite the test guys in once you think you know what problem you're solving. Only *then* do you start actually designing the product.
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.