One Size Never Fits All

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Sometimes a lot is made of new technology. There is a tendency to talk about the next big thing in whatever field as “The Solution”. But there’s rarely…

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More Mechatronic and Robotic Reflections

Monday, April 14, 2008

The blend of sensors and motion control become crucial in many applications. The dextrous robot hand of recent years cracks eggs like a chef with the aid of…

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Robots are Mechatronics

Sunday, April 6, 2008

Robots are a fun topic. They tease our imagination to wander into the realm of possibilities. Especially when we create film robots with personalities like R2D2, I Robot…

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Mechatronics in the OR

Saturday, April 5, 2008

Using the da Vinci Surgical System shown here, the surgeon operates while seated at a console viewing a 3D image of the surgical field. His or her fingers…

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5 Design Challenges and Solutions for Machine Builders

Saturday, April 5, 2008

Machine builders can virtually prototype their machine control systems with LabVIEW and the NI SoftMotion Development Module for motion profile generation as well as mechanically simulate and detect…

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Properly Manage Heat and Time for Better Duty Cycle

Friday, April 4, 2008

Duty Cycle and Peak Current both influence the operating life of brushless servo motors. In mechatronic designs, it is critical to manage motor heat dissipation as excess heat…

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Ensure Gear Reducers Contribute to System Efficiency

Thursday, April 3, 2008

More than $30 billion is spent on electricity dedicated to electric driven systems, of which, nearly 70% goes to motor systems. There are ways to reduce this cost…

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