1 + 1 = 3

Sunday, October 26, 2014

The business world sometimes likes to use the “1 + 1 = 3″ for mergers and acquisitions where businesses seek to leverage the strengths of two complementary businesses….

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Where does electricity come from?

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Oddly, electricity is one of those things we never think about.  It’s odd because electricity and electric motors have proven to be the most efficient means of producing…

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Motor Centric Design – Part 3

Sunday, September 14, 2014

With all the emphasis on how important wind power is to the future of energy supply, it is surprising to me that we haven’t seen a variety of…

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Motor Centric Design – Part 2

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Sometimes engineers are confronted with an application that is unique and demanding, that ultimately requires a new approach.  There are some famous examples that we all deal with….

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Motor Centric Design

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Electric motors are still one of the most difficult technologies to apply correctly. The problem is that electric motors are literally “the workhorse of industry”, and they are…

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Machine Control

Sunday, August 24, 2014

During his Keynote speech at the 2014 NI Week, founder Jeff Kodosky posed some interesting challenges to our assumptions about programming languages.  In his talk about the future…

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Manufacturing and the Nature of Time

Sunday, August 17, 2014

When I first became involved in Programmable Controllers, one of the common questions was how to define when a PLC was needed.  From a control standpoint, the common…

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NI Week 2014

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Things are still settling after 4 very intense days at National Instruments NI Week Conference.  There is always a lot to see and, as always, I didn’t quite…

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Evolving Control Systems

Sunday, August 3, 2014

One of the byproducts of Moore’s Law is the ever increasing capability and declining cost of digital electronics.  The semiconductor world is a scary place where chips are…

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“Work Statement” for a Mechatronic System

Sunday, July 27, 2014

The “Work Statement” for a mechatronic system is a very complex undertaking.  From the theory standpoint there is no single systematic explanation that can serve as a guideline…

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