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Motor Centric Design

Electric motors are still one of the most difficult technologies to apply correctly. The problem is that electric motors are literally “the workhorse of industry” as it relates…

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Machine Control

During his Keynote speech at the 2014 NI Week, founder Jeff Kodosky posed some interesting challenges to our assumptions about programming languages.  In his talk about the future…

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Manufacturing and the Nature of Time

When I first became involved in Programmable Controllers, one of the common questions was how to define when a PLC was needed.  From a control standpoint, the common…

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Looking at the Next Generation of Control

by Steve Meyer, Contributing Editor As multicore processor solutions become less expensive and easier to use, unique architectures provide important benefits for control system users. Industrial control systems…

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NI Week 2014

Things are still settling after 4 very intense days at National Instruments NI Week Conference.  There is always a lot to see and, as always, I didn’t quite…

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Manufacturing Trends

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Motor Centric Design

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Electric motors are still one of the most difficult technologies to apply correctly. The problem is that electric motors are literally “the workhorse of industry” as it relates…

CNC Control Panel

Machine Control

Sunday, August 24, 2014

During his Keynote speech at the 2014 NI Week, founder Jeff Kodosky posed some interesting challenges to our assumptions about programming languages.  In his talk about the future…

Abigaile-Brewery-interior

Manufacturing and the Nature of Time

Sunday, August 17, 2014

When I first became involved in Programmable Controllers, one of the common questions was how to define when a PLC was needed.  From a control standpoint, the common…

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Evolving Control Systems

Sunday, August 3, 2014

One of the byproducts of Moore’s Law is the ever increasing capability and declining cost of digital electronics.  The semiconductor world is a scary place where chips are…