Motor Centric Design

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Electric motors are still one of the most difficult technologies to apply correctly. The problem is that electric motors are literally “the workhorse of industry” as it relates…

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CNC Control Panel

Machine Control

Sunday, August 24, 2014

During his Keynote speech at the 2014 NI Week, founder Jeff Kodosky posed some interesting challenges to our assumptions about programming languages.  In his talk about the future…

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Manufacturing and the Nature of Time

Sunday, August 17, 2014

When I first became involved in Programmable Controllers, one of the common questions was how to define when a PLC was needed.  From a control standpoint, the common…

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Looking at the Next Generation of Control

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

by Steve Meyer, Contributing Editor As multicore processor solutions become less expensive and easier to use, unique architectures provide important benefits for control system users. Industrial control systems…

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NI Week 2014

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Things are still settling after 4 very intense days at National Instruments NI Week Conference.  There is always a lot to see and, as always, I didn’t quite…

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Evolving Control Systems

Sunday, August 3, 2014

One of the byproducts of Moore’s Law is the ever increasing capability and declining cost of digital electronics.  The semiconductor world is a scary place where chips are…

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“Work Statement” for a Mechatronic System

Sunday, July 27, 2014

The “Work Statement” for a mechatronic system is a very complex undertaking.  From the theory standpoint there is no single systematic explanation that can serve as a guideline…

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The Next Wave

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Control system technology in the manufacturing arena has been driving a lot of technology over the last few decades.  That shouldn’t be a big surprise, the worldwide revenue…

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History of Work – Part 2

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Work is something we would generally like to delegate.  That’s what we did with animals, we got them to help us increase our abilities in the agricultural arena….

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History of Work

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Work? Not a big fan, personally.  I prefer to think about it carefully and for a long time before I get too involved.  My musings on work took…

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