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PLCs, PACs and IPCs

Sunday, November 29, 2015

It seems an unlikely thing that after decades of control technology advancements we are still confused about the nature of PLCs, PACs and IPCs.  In one of the…

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The New Product Challenge

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Large industrial product suppliers sell what they make.   These companies became large because they provided equipment that many customers found useful.  But as manufacturers become large, they…

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Energy Cost in Mechatronics

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

The field of mechatronics exists as a complex collection of engineering disciplines that has boundary conditions which are set by the mechanical load or work that is required. …

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Sunday, October 25, 2015

Innovation as a verb is the action of transforming a process or product from its current state to something new and improved.  Processes, methodologies, products can all be…

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Sunday, September 20, 2015

We are surrounded by it.  Most often we associate design with graphics or web design, but it’s much more inclusive. The spaces we live in are the result of…

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The Way Forward

Sunday, September 13, 2015

When it comes to control product development there seems to be no middle ground between large automation vendors and small OEMs with unique product requirements.  This seems incongruous…

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More Than Obsolete

Sunday, September 6, 2015

The legendary PLC 5 product line officially becomes obsolete this year after more than a decade of protests from customers with large installed bases of these products.  This may not…

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More Robots

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Developing a new robot design for a specific task is a major challenge.  Combining traditional rotary motors and gear reducers will produce very limited results.  New robot mechanical…

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Robots Everywhere

Monday, August 24, 2015

The International Federation of Robotics reports another record year of robot sales in 2014.  225,000 robots were sold worldwide.  26% over the previous year.  The estimated inventory of…

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Take care of your machines and people with safety switches

Thursday, August 20, 2015

by Andrew Waugh, Product Manager for Sensors and Safety at Operator safety is a top priority for machine and robot installations, and safety switches help implement the…

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