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Open-Source Robotics and Process Control Cookbook by Lewin Edwards

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CHAPTER 6

Expecting the Unexpected

6.1 Introduction

You’ll recall that in the introduction, I said that my target readership is familiar with either Linux application programming or embedded development. This chapter is mainly aimed at the former category of reader; most embedded developers should be familiar with most of the material in here.

In this chapter, I’ll describe a little of the engineering behind fault detection and mitigation. More specifically, I’ll talk a bit about the fault detection and failsafe mechanisms I have put in E-2. There are numerous excellent references on the more general topic, and if you read them you’ll be struck by the loss of life and financial costs of the anecdotes they use to illustrate their examples. Two ...

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