We live in the digital age where computers and programming are used to set up almost all our gadgets and appliances. The washing machine is not different.
These days washing machines have become more automated by computer programming and technology.
Here is how washing machines are programmed:
The washing machine contains a microprocessor unit that controls valves, sensors, and actuators that control the various parts of the washing machine through a series of steps to clean your clothes.
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Do washing machines have software?
Washings machines are run by a system called Soft Real Time Operating System(Soft RTOS).
What programming language does a washing machine use?
Some modern and recent washing machines are run on operating systems such as Tizen (Linux-based).
Older washing machines may run on other software or maybe completely electro-mechanically configured.
Are washing machines automated?
Washing machines are either fully automated or semi-automated.
A fully automated washing machine controls every aspect involved in washing your clothes. From the time, intensity of washing, checking of water levels, etc.
You just have to put your clothes in and the washer does the rest for you. These fully automated machines are prevalent in America and Europe where water and electricity are readily available.
The semi-automated washing machine is prevalent in parts of the world where water is a bit scarce and electrical currents aren’t as stable and strong.
A semi-automated washing machine requires you to fill up the washbasin yourself and set the machine to start.
Then you need to drain the water after it’s done washing and transfer your clothes to another compartment for spinning.
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What are washing machine sensors?
Washing machine sensors are the parts of the washing machine that prompt the microprocessor to take various forms of action.
They do this by detecting conditions such as the water level, temperature, movement of the washing machine drum, and even the dampness of clothes to determine how long clothes should be spun to dryness.
These detections are transmitted to the microprocessor so the appropriate next action is taken.