Time to Trade Up!

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Obsolete systems can be a liability, or they can be an opportunity to make improvements.  Aging production equipment often has a history of increasing downtime that makes it…

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The Age of Industrial Controls

Sunday, June 21, 2015

At the dawn of the Age of Industrial Controls computers were programmed with punch cards in Fortran and programs were run in batch process.  Computer hardware was the…

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Obsolete!

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

It has been roughly 50 years since Dick Morely created the first programmable controller, and while the demise of the PLC has been predicted many times, it is…

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Complexity and Cost

Monday, June 15, 2015

The next generation of design is going to be something remarkable.  Consider the impact of part fabrication in which complexity has no impact on cost.  In fact, the…

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Cars and Printing – Part 2

Saturday, June 6, 2015

The cost analysis of most 3D printing processes is based on the direct material cost, usually in dollars per pound.  By making machine costs low and eliminating tooling…

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Cars and Printing

Sunday, May 31, 2015

The United State automotive industry has recovered its production capacity to 16,000,000 vehicles a year for domestic consumption.  That’s a lot of cars.  It’s important because car making…

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3D Printing and Material Science

Sunday, May 17, 2015

3D printing continues to make headlines.  From ‘printing cars’ to printing jet engine parts, the field is growing.  The good news is that a lot of money is…

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Labor and the Next Generation

Monday, May 11, 2015

In the coming generation we may see the early expression of the science fiction novelist’s most popular premise; a world in which a significant amount of labor is…

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Energy & Storage

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Energy continues to make the news this week as the barrel price for crude oil goes up and gasoline prices at the pump increase.  Electricity, which has increased…

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Robot R&D

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Breakthroughs in robotics continue to make headlines.  Most of the interest generated by the dramatic reduction in system cost for the new class of “human safe” robots. Most…

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