New approach to machine control boosts performance

Can you add value to your machines, perhaps adding greater sophistication and complexity, without impacting on development time and programming cost? Robert Brooks looks at the evolution of a new breed of machine controllers.

At the heart of every machine is a machine controller. That might seem an obvious thing to say, but what exactly do we mean? And how do we specify the controller? And how much of an impact might that controller have on the performance of the machine or on the opportunities to add value? In this age of global competition and ever greater pressures on price and functionality, is it time to challenge common perceptions and approaches?

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