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The Raspberry Pi is widely prized for its project capabilities among engineers and makers alike. It has been used to create everything from robots to remote monitoring devices since its release back in 2012. Not long after, industry managers took note of the tiny board’s capabilities and adapted them for use in manufacturing and automation operations, with some using the famous board to build specialized equipment to make those applications more efficient and cost-effective.

It’s been used to create everything from robots to remote monitoring devices since its release back in 2012.

Industry managers took note of the tiny board’s capabilities and adapted them for use in manufacturing and automation operations, with some using the famous board to build specialized equipment to make those applications more efficient and cost-effective.

On its own, the Raspberry Pi provided an attractive alternative to PLCs (Programmable Logic Controllers), which are prominent in many industries, including manufacturing, automation, and IIoT platforms. Being cost-effective and efficient at carrying out programmed tasks via a simple GPIO interface, allowed the Raspberry to break open the doors to those industries and be used for general operations. The board’s use in an industrial setting was so widespread that the Foundation designed a dedicated board based on the Pi for the sole purpose of being implemented into industrial operations. Thus the Raspberry Pi Compute Module was born.

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