Thanks for posting this! I know it is from last year's NI Week, but I only noticed it now on Design News. I spent the 1990's in Optical Sensing, developing new optical diagnostics that used lasers, LEDs and fiber optics as illumination sources. I'm delighted to see NI has moved these techniques out of the research lab and into commercial equipment. The number and type of Optical Diagnostics was increasing fast 20 years ago. I can only expect that we will see more on the way.
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.