Deep down inside, it is all about the software. Bill Gates and crew had it right. They let IBM handle the hardware, while Microsoft slowly became the global leader in tech. This is great hardware, but is it up to the individual company to write software that will handle all that data? Seems that 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.