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The basics of smart machines

Making machines smarter starts with the type of control brain used and data and analysis to make the decision now and much better in the future

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Is a PLC smart? It's smart like a reptile, and it can reliably and robustly control the many things connected to it using its programmed functions. However, there are different levels of intelligence needed to keep automated machines, systems or critical parts operating. For smart machines, the PLC is just a type of machine intelligence. Several types of control need to communicate and combine to make a truly smart machine.Much of these basics on smart machines were discussed by Peter J. Photos, Ph.D., chief scientist and executive vice president at Streamline Innovations at the 2019 Ignition Community Conference in Folsom, California. Photos discussed several smart…

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