A better mouse trap

Consider new methods and additions, but keep what's best, to improve machine control

CD1808 webcover A Better Mouse Trap

Those who’ve been in automation industries for years have certain ways they like to design and program machines. They have baseline schematics or system architectures they always start with—they have always done machine control that way.The fruit of those in automation doesn't fall far from the tree, and it doesn't ripen or spoil quickly. Change takes time, but now is the time to define a new and better hardware and software recipe. What ingredients must be added to the mix for a great machine-control system, and what will be needed for future recipes?As automation opportunities advance with technology, what are the critical main components in a machine control…

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