Industrial Quality At Hobby Prices
When I worked for G.D. Searle (TM Analytic) I used Simons' then current Master Controller Board (MCB) running Forth to control a four corner rectangle in the next generation of their Clinical Medical Radio-Immuno Assay Machines. They cost $300,000.00. The long axis were where trays of biopsies in glass bottles were loaded. The two shorter lanes were crossovers. One of them took the trays to a well containing lead shielded photon tube detectors. Each Corner and the well had a MCB. They passed command/status messages between themselves to automate the platform. Each node was multi-tasking and had a live Forth session backdoor for debugging... We had so much fun making this work. The fun never lasted long enough as the process of making this work in Forth was so straightforward we hardly had a glitch from design to production.SSDD y'all!