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Robots Everywhere

Monday, August 24, 2015

The International Federation of Robotics reports another record year of robot sales in 2014.  225,000 robots were sold worldwide.  26% over the previous year.  The estimated inventory of…

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Complexity and Control

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Complexity in the controls world is expanding exponentially.  The amount of data necessary to describe the real world is staggering when fully considered.  Sensors and feedback devices of…

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Interoperability, Complexity, Big Data

Sunday, August 9, 2015

“The unknown future rolls toward us…” as Sarah Conner put it in the Terminator sequel, and so it is with the Internet of Things.   The future of…

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Electric Motors – the Workhorse of Industry

Saturday, August 1, 2015

OK, so Tesla won.  The AC motor became much more popular because it turned without the need for complex and expensive speed controls.  With mass production, the AC…

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Buy or Build

Sunday, July 19, 2015

When is it appropriate to build something custom or buy the next best thing that will get the job done?  Manufacturers are constantly faced with this problem in…

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How Big is Big Data?

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Another component of the “Big Data” conversation is what “big” really means.  In the early days of the PLC an I/O map of 1024 inputs and 1024 outputs…

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Not So Big Data

Sunday, July 5, 2015

“Big Data” is all the buzz in Information Technology circles and business editorials.  Generally the discussion is around how we will ever be able to make meaningful use…

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Time to Trade Up!

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Obsolete systems can be a liability, or they can be an opportunity to make improvements.  Aging production equipment often has a history of increasing downtime that makes it…

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The Age of Industrial Controls

Sunday, June 21, 2015

At the dawn of the Age of Industrial Controls computers were programmed with punch cards in Fortran and programs were run in batch process.  Computer hardware was the…

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Obsolete!

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

It has been roughly 50 years since Dick Morely created the first programmable controller, and while the demise of the PLC has been predicted many times, it is…

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