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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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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