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Reflections on the Manufacturing Technology Show

Sunday, September 18, 2016

For decades we have had the Machine Tool Show in Chicago every two years.  Currently the show, formerly know as the International Machine Tool Show is now being…

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Material Handling Magic

Saturday, September 3, 2016

Arthur C. Clarke said “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.”  Every so often a shift takes place that borders on magic.  In the world of material…

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Intelligence is Coming to an object near You

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Does Artificial Intelligence mean that mankind’s goal is to create human intelligence?  Depends on who you ask.  If that is the assumption, it is not likely to happen…

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Machine Intelligence

Monday, August 1, 2016

The Machine Intelligence debate goes on, with the latest topics including predictive maintenance. The implication seems to be that if a machine can predict equipment failures and eliminate…

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Reinvent the Old and make it New

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

When cost barriers drop, suddenly old problems start to look like new opportunities. There are many examples of older technology that has never become widely adopted due to…

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Robot Hero?

Sunday, July 10, 2016

The world of mechatronics has an unlikely hero.  A bomb disposal robot became the delivery system for 1 pound of C4 explosive which killed the sniper in Dallas…

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Is Driver-less Driving the Answer?

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Tesla Motors had its first fatality.  The response from Tesla included a very odd statistic.  The company estimates that there were 130,000,000 miles driven last year in Tesla…

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Manufacturing USA

Saturday, June 4, 2016

The Department of Commerce produces information on about the US economy every five years.  In an economy estimated at $28.7 trillion, the largest segment was Manufacturing at $5.8 trillion….

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The Obvious isn’t always…

Friday, May 27, 2016

Engineering of complex systems can sometimes be represented as a series of simplified approximations based on the performance of known subsystems.  In the case of wind turbines, there…

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Water Crisis in America

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Water, somewhat like matter and energy, is not really created or destroyed.  We do not literally consume water, and then there is no more, we use water and…

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