3D Printing

Sunday, March 1, 2015

The press continues to cover, dare I say, saturate the media with stories about the emergence of 3D printing.  While the technology is extremely important, there is also a…

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examples of horsepower

Sunday, February 22, 2015

The goal of all mechatronics, or motion control applications, is to do work.  Sometimes the nature of the work is complex and the mathematical description of it can…

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Sunday, February 15, 2015

Technology is everywhere.  Better get used to it.  Especially in the presence of high powered processors under $1 and System-on-Chip solutions that can cost as little as $10….

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Processors Everywhere

Sunday, February 8, 2015

In a world where compute capability continues to increase and costs continue to decrease, it’s hard to predict where the progression takes the industrial controls field.  The latest…

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Motors and Drives – Part 3

Saturday, January 31, 2015

The difference between rating a solid state device and an electric motor can make all the difference in actual practice.  Since we know that solid state electronics can…

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Motor and Drive Sizing – Part 2

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Sizing a motor correctly is easy.  It’s all about the load conditions.  Starting and running.  Those are the two operating points we have to know about in order…

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Motor & Drive Sizing

Sunday, January 18, 2015

It has been over 100 years since the invention of the AC motor by Nicola Tesla.  You would think that after all this time, that getting the motor…

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Time and Turing

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Alan Turing’s genius as a mathematician was recognized in his day for his ability to solve the most sophisticated encryption algorithms of the Second World War.  The team…

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Energy and the Balance of Power

Sunday, January 4, 2015

  In modern times the backbone of the industrialized world is energy. While electricity is the dominant form of energy for manufacturing, the dominant form of energy in…

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Sunday, December 28, 2014

Energy is one of the crucial building blocks of an industrial society. We heat, we cool, we pump water and we move around our geography with relative ease….

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