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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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Drone Wars

Saturday, April 2, 2016

Research into unmanned aircraft has been going on for some time.  Called UAVs for Unmanned Airborne Vehicles, systems of various types have been under development since the 1908’s….

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Motor Changes

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Electric motors are the workhorse of industry.  Globally 20% of all energy generated is in the form of electricity.  Electric motors consume 40% of all electricity.   Electric…

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Mechanics and Motion

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Engineers with a mechanical engineering background typically have the best grasp of motion control.  This should not be a surprise to anyone.  Motion control is the science, sometimes…

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Managing Complexity

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Engineers and designers frequently seek simplicity as a measure of merit in products and machine designs.  Simplicity has many virtues.  Simplicity often means high reliability.  Simplicity can translate to long…

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Control System Language

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Programming control systems is a complex matter.  Some of the complexity is the history behind it, some is hardware related and some is the interdependency of hardware and…

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