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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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Mechanics, Load and Gearing

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

A thorough understanding of the mechanical load is crucial to successful motion applications.  Gear designers are experts in understanding the mechanical load.  Not just the RMS power requirement, but…

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Understanding the Notion of Positioning

Sunday, April 10, 2016

One of the most difficult challenges to machine builders is understanding the notion of positioning and how it is reflected in component selection in their equipment design.  Positioning…

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Drone Wars

Saturday, April 2, 2016

Research into unmanned aircraft has been going on for some time.  Called UAVs for Unmanned Airborne Vehicles, systems of various types have been under development since the 1908’s….

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Motor Changes

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Electric motors are the workhorse of industry.  Globally 20% of all energy generated is in the form of electricity.  Electric motors consume 40% of all electricity.   Electric…

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Managing Complexity

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Engineers and designers frequently seek simplicity as a measure of merit in products and machine designs.  Simplicity has many virtues.  Simplicity often means high reliability.  Simplicity can translate to long…

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Control System Language

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Programming control systems is a complex matter.  Some of the complexity is the history behind it, some is hardware related and some is the interdependency of hardware and…

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The Belt and Pulley

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Sometimes the old tricks work the best.  The Belt and Pulley solution for mechanical power transmission has been around for a couple of centuries, and despite all the…

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Heroes or Not

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Heroes are people who takes risks.  People who struggle against great forces. Sometimes they are People who have a big impact on society in their generation. Sometimes they…

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Heroes of Industry

Saturday, January 16, 2016

We all have our heroes.  The people who epitomize an ethic, embody success, and who we look up to.  Film heroes, music heroes, sports heroes, even Heroes of…

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