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Water Crisis in America

Water, somewhat like matter and energy, is not really created or destroyed.  We do not literally consume water, and then there is no more, we use water and…

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Mechanics, Load and Gearing

A thorough understanding of the mechanical load is crucial to successful motion applications.  Gear designers are experts in understanding the mechanical load.  Not just the RMS power requirement, but…

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AutomationDirect adds digital panel meters

AutomationDirect’s new ProSense line of digital panel meters offers a simple and cost-effective solution to display analog process, temperature, load cell, and potentiometer inputs. With all models, configuration…

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New multifunctional, configurable, electronic safety controllers

Schmersal is proud to introduce the PROTECT SRB-E series, a range of multifunctional, configurable, electronic safety controllers. The series features safe PNP outputs and can be used to…

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Position or not Position?

In the last post there was some discussion of how positioning is accomplished from a general perspective.  As with all things in the world of mechatronics there are…

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Position or not Position?

Sunday, April 17, 2016

In the last post there was some discussion of how positioning is accomplished from a general perspective.  As with all things in the world of mechatronics there are…

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Motor Changes

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Electric motors are the workhorse of industry.  Globally 20% of all energy generated is in the form of electricity.  Electric motors consume 40% of all electricity.   Electric…

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Managing Complexity

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Engineers and designers frequently seek simplicity as a measure of merit in products and machine designs.  Simplicity has many virtues.  Simplicity often means high reliability.  Simplicity can translate to long…

Control System Language

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Programming control systems is a complex matter.  Some of the complexity is the history behind it, some is hardware related and some is the interdependency of hardware and…