Sunday, October 4, 2015

People have been using magnets for a long time.  The first written mention is in correspondence between Aristotle and Thales of Miletus in 600 BC .   Magnets…

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Saturday, September 26, 2015

It is said that Einstein began his inquiry into relativity as a teenager working in his father’s electric motor shop because the Maxwell and Gauss equations did not…

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Sunday, September 20, 2015

We are surrounded by it.  Most often we associate design with graphics or web design, but it’s much more inclusive. The spaces we live in are the result of…

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The Way Forward

Sunday, September 13, 2015

When it comes to control product development there seems to be no middle ground between large automation vendors and small OEMs with unique product requirements.  This seems incongruous…

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More Than Obsolete

Sunday, September 6, 2015

The legendary PLC 5 product line officially becomes obsolete this year after more than a decade of protests from customers with large installed bases of these products.  This may not…

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Mahoro robot

More Robots

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Developing a new robot design for a specific task is a major challenge.  Combining traditional rotary motors and gear reducers will produce very limited results.  New robot mechanical…

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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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connected manufacturing

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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