Industrial Intelligence, the next revolution in control

Sunday, August 14, 2016

The next revolution in automation is much hyped, Industrie 4.0 as the Europeans refer to it.  What is it really?  The application of relatively unlimited computing power to…

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Intelligence is Coming to an object near You

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Does Artificial Intelligence mean that mankind’s goal is to create human intelligence?  Depends on who you ask.  If that is the assumption, it is not likely to happen…

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Machine Intelligence

Monday, August 1, 2016

The Machine Intelligence debate goes on, with the latest topics including predictive maintenance. The implication seems to be that if a machine can predict equipment failures and eliminate…

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Reinvent the Old and make it New

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

When cost barriers drop, suddenly old problems start to look like new opportunities. There are many examples of older technology that has never become widely adopted due to…

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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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