steam generation

Where does electricity come from?

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Oddly, electricity is one of those things we never think about.  It’s odd because electricity and electric motors have proven to be the most efficient means of producing…

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Climate Change Weekend

Sunday, September 21, 2014

This weekend saw climate change demonstrations all over the world.  Interesting juxtaposition with an article by Steven Koonin, former Undersecretary of the Department of Energy, who says that…

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Motor Centric Design – Part 3

Sunday, September 14, 2014

With all the emphasis on how important wind power is to the future of energy supply, it is surprising to me that we haven’t seen a variety of…

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Motor Centric Design – Part 2

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Sometimes engineers are confronted with an application that is unique and demanding, that ultimately requires a new approach.  There are some famous examples that we all deal with….

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5 keys to “mechatronics made easy”

Friday, September 5, 2014

By Mark Huebner, Market Development Manager, PBC Linear & 3DP Unlimited Bringing together mechanical, electrical, programming, and control engineering is not effortless. But integrating technology advances, and focusing…

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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”, and they are…

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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…

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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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Looking at the Next Generation of Control

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

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

Sunday, August 10, 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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