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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Pumps and Pumping

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Processing water after it has been used into potable water is a complex mix of chemical, mechanical and electrical engineering disciplines.  The mechanical problems to be solved include…

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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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Position or not Position?

Sunday, April 17, 2016

In the last post there was some discussion of how positioning is accomplished from a general perspective.  As with all things in the world of mechatronics there are…

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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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Mechanics and Motion

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Engineers with a mechanical engineering background typically have the best grasp of motion control.  This should not be a surprise to anyone.  Motion control is the science, sometimes…

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Controller from Rockwell Automation aims to simplify machine safety

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Manufacturers and equipment builders are looking for ways to simplify and standardize safety across their machines and systems. With the new Allen-Bradley Compact GuardLogix 5370 controller from Rockwell…

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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 Hardware, Software and Language

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Control system hardware is a very diverse business.  Siemens, ABB, Eaton, Rockwell and a universe of suppliers make up a marketplace of approximately $200 billion.  At the supplier…

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System integrators, KEB America partner in new program

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

KEB America, Inc. has announced the launch of their System Integrator Program for the North American market. The program will partner talented system integrators with KEB engineers and…

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