Electric Car Competitions

Sunday, March 16, 2014

The mainstream automobile racing community, in spite of the assumed goal of pushing the limits of technology, has been slow to engage really new technology.  One would think…

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The Heart of Mechatronics

Sunday, February 23, 2014

One of the core principles of mechatronics is the ability to displace mechanical components where the functionality can be replicated by a blend of software in the control…

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Toys: Big Mechatronic Challenges in Small Packages

Friday, September 6, 2013

By Steve Meyer, Contributing Editor Will your kids be begging you for this amazing robot in 2014? Sometimes, a designer’s main mechatronic challenge is to make something that…

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Electric Designs Go for a Win

Monday, August 12, 2013

by Steve Meyer, Contributing Editor Mechatronic challenges come in all shapes and sizes. In the field of motorcycle racing, electric superbikes represent a whole new set of challenges…

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More on Robotics

Sunday, November 4, 2012

There are several aspects of the mechatronics challenge in robotics.  In the previous post, I hinted at some, but on reflection the list is significant and all the…

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Scale Effect – Part 2

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Other considerations of scale effect occur in control systems as well.  When considering a control system problem, the bandwidth or scaling of the control parameters themselves are often…

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Scale Effect

Sunday, October 7, 2012

The subtle effects of Scale Effect are sometimes missed.  When you have to deal with measurement and processes at extreme ends of the scale, it gets very complicated….

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Machines & Making Money

Sunday, September 30, 2012

I stumbled on some amazing videos of advanced machine tool centers at the European Machine Tool show in 2011.  These machining centers were demonstrating some very high performance…

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I.T. Plus Control means Profits

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Information Technology (IT) departments are expected to have a dramatic impact on the companies they work for.  Worldwide spending for IT is expected to be approximately $2.7 trillion….

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Tech Shop Comes to Town

Sunday, September 9, 2012

I had read about Tech Shop in the trade press a few months ago.  This is a great new concept in bringing the tooling necessary to turn any…

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