David, thanks for your video. I wish more companies understood, appreciated and used out-of-the box collaboration. Most of the times, the so called collaboration sessions don't produce any new or innovative solutions or ideas. I attended a seminar where the presenter said a company had a long standing problem and in a desperate attempt to get a solution they presented the problem to a group of non-technical people like accountants and attorneys. Long story short, someone can up with the solution. This taught me that sometimes outside the box is really outside the box.
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.