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Electric Motors in Context

Sunday, July 26, 2015

It seems odd that after over 100 years of electric motor manufacturing, we have very few people in the industry that can really ‘boil it down’ to the…

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Buy or Build

Sunday, July 19, 2015

When is it appropriate to build something custom or buy the next best thing that will get the job done?  Manufacturers are constantly faced with this problem in…

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How Big is Big Data?

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Another component of the “Big Data” conversation is what “big” really means.  In the early days of the PLC an I/O map of 1024 inputs and 1024 outputs…

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Not So Big Data

Sunday, July 5, 2015

“Big Data” is all the buzz in Information Technology circles and business editorials.  Generally the discussion is around how we will ever be able to make meaningful use…

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Time to Trade Up!

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Obsolete systems can be a liability, or they can be an opportunity to make improvements.  Aging production equipment often has a history of increasing downtime that makes it…

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The Age of Industrial Controls

Sunday, June 21, 2015

At the dawn of the Age of Industrial Controls computers were programmed with punch cards in Fortran and programs were run in batch process.  Computer hardware was the…

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Obsolete!

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

It has been roughly 50 years since Dick Morely created the first programmable controller, and while the demise of the PLC has been predicted many times, it is…

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3D Printing and Material Science

Sunday, May 17, 2015

3D printing continues to make headlines.  From ‘printing cars’ to printing jet engine parts, the field is growing.  The good news is that a lot of money is…

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Labor and the Next Generation

Monday, May 11, 2015

In the coming generation we may see the early expression of the science fiction novelist’s most popular premise; a world in which a significant amount of labor is…

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Robot R&D

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Breakthroughs in robotics continue to make headlines.  Most of the interest generated by the dramatic reduction in system cost for the new class of “human safe” robots. Most…

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