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Technology Defined

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Webster’s dictionary defines technology as “the practical application of knowledge especially in a particular area” and “a manner of accomplishing a task, especially using technical processes or methods”….

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Bringing Balance to the Force

Sunday, November 16, 2014

There is a delicate balance between electric motors and the power electronics that control them.  This is because semiconductors conduct electricity in a completely different way than wire…

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Electric Motor Application

Sunday, November 9, 2014

The electric motor is all about creating an inexpensive conversion of electrical energy into mechanical energy possible.  Being the “cheapest” often overrules being the “most cost effective” or…

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1 + 1 = 3

Sunday, October 26, 2014

The business world sometimes likes to use the “1 + 1 = 3″ for mergers and acquisitions where businesses seek to leverage the strengths of two complementary businesses….

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Industrie 4.0 is really Work 7.0

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Work is what we do to feed, clothe and house ourselves.  Work in the last 100 years has changed so dramatically that it may not be recognizable as…

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What the buzz about Industrie 4.0?

Sunday, October 12, 2014

It sounds impressive, has a lot of doctors of philosophy signed on as it’s originators, and it’s imported from Europe.  Industrie 4.0, note the German spelling, very fancy,…

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Where does electricity come from?

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Oddly, electricity is one of those things we never think about.  It’s odd because electricity and electric motors have proven to be the most efficient means of producing…

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Climate Change Weekend

Sunday, September 21, 2014

This weekend saw climate change demonstrations all over the world.  Interesting juxtaposition with an article by Steven Koonin, former Undersecretary of the Department of Energy, who says that…

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Motor Centric Design – Part 3

Sunday, September 14, 2014

With all the emphasis on how important wind power is to the future of energy supply, it is surprising to me that we haven’t seen a variety of…

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Motor Centric Design – Part 2

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Sometimes engineers are confronted with an application that is unique and demanding, that ultimately requires a new approach.  There are some famous examples that we all deal with….

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