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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Mechanics, Load and Gearing

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

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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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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Understanding the Notion of Positioning

Sunday, April 10, 2016

One of the most difficult challenges to machine builders is understanding the notion of positioning and how it is reflected in component selection in their equipment design.  Positioning…

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