Internet Things

Sunday, April 13, 2014

The term “Internet of Things” was not unfamiliar to me, but I did not really comprehend the potential until a seminar at Advantech almost 3 years ago. Apparently…

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Fixing Wind Power Gearboxes

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Two new articles were published on gearbox and bearing failures in wind power turbines in the last couple of weeks.   One in Power Transmission Magazine, March 2014…

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Composites and Mechatronics

Sunday, March 30, 2014

The composites industry has been growing at CAGR of 11.1% over the last 10 years.  Given the soft economy, this is truly standout performance.  The largest markets for…

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FIA Formula E Racing

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Is it a radical break with the past, or the studied creation of a new racing tradition that builds on the classic principles that bring cars and technology…

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Electric Car Competitions

Sunday, March 16, 2014

The mainstream automobile racing community, in spite of the assumed goal of pushing the limits of technology, has been slow to engage really new technology.  One would think…

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MPG and What’s Really Important

Sunday, March 9, 2014

How we spend our money on transportation is a big part of the economy.  The purchase of an automobile is the second largest expenditure after a home.  There…

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MPG or MPGe?

Sunday, March 9, 2014

The familiar MPG, miles per gallon, is a very sensitive subject.  The number of miles per gallon that you get from a car predicts how much money you…

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The Heart of Mechatronics

Sunday, February 23, 2014

One of the core principles of mechatronics is the ability to displace mechanical components where the functionality can be replicated by a blend of software in the control…

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The Future of Controls – Part 2

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Like Rodney Dangerfield, controls manufacturers can’t seem to get any respect from the mainstream electronics industry.  In the broad business of electronics manufacturing, industrial products simply don’t have the…

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The Future of Control

Sunday, February 9, 2014

If the future of the control industry could be compared to a weather report, it would have to be “fair to partly cloudy”.  Figuring out what direction things…

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