Slides have NO details -- reviewing them later would tell me nothing. It would be nice if they could be used to review months down the road when we come upon situations where we need to actually use this information. The chances of needing EVERYTHING you teach TODAY is remote -- these classes are always for information to refer back to -- we just need to hear it once to know it exists, but need to be able to find it again later.
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.