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Are we there yet?

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Industry 4.0 is a marketing campaign to create a perception of value in something that doesn’t exist yet.  What it really is, is a useful framework to start…

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Robot Hero?

Sunday, July 10, 2016

The world of mechatronics has an unlikely hero.  A bomb disposal robot became the delivery system for 1 pound of C4 explosive which killed the sniper in Dallas…

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Is Driver-less Driving the Answer?

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Tesla Motors had its first fatality.  The response from Tesla included a very odd statistic.  The company estimates that there were 130,000,000 miles driven last year in Tesla…

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Control Architecture and the Future of Control

Sunday, June 19, 2016

The architecture problem is stretched further as the next generation of computing emerges.  When it is possible to embed a 32 bit processor that costs $1. into a…

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Control and Architecture

Saturday, June 11, 2016

The next wave of control system architecture is already emerging.  As processor power continues to grow and cost continues to decline, how do we leverage that emerging capability?…

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Manufacturing USA

Saturday, June 4, 2016

The Department of Commerce produces information on about the US economy every five years.  In an economy estimated at $28.7 trillion, the largest segment was Manufacturing at $5.8 trillion….

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Insights from 1400 Year Old Windmills

Monday, May 30, 2016

Windmills have figured prominently in mankind’s ability to prosper on planet earth.  The windmill gets its name from using wind power to grind (mill) grain for food.  One…

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The Obvious isn’t always…

Friday, May 27, 2016

Engineering of complex systems can sometimes be represented as a series of simplified approximations based on the performance of known subsystems.  In the case of wind turbines, there…

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Pumps and Pumping

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Processing water after it has been used into potable water is a complex mix of chemical, mechanical and electrical engineering disciplines.  The mechanical problems to be solved include…

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Water Crisis in America

Sunday, May 1, 2016

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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