Reflections on the Manufacturing Technology Show

Sunday, September 18, 2016

For decades we have had the Machine Tool Show in Chicago every two years.  Currently the show, formerly know as the International Machine Tool Show is now being…

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More Material Handling Magic

Saturday, September 3, 2016

Could a future implementation of the Industrial Internet of Things include an application that manages the flow of products super efficiently so that the local grocery store can…

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Material Handling Magic

Saturday, September 3, 2016

Arthur C. Clarke said “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.”  Every so often a shift takes place that borders on magic.  In the world of material…

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AI Brain

Intelligence is Coming to an object near You

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Does Artificial Intelligence mean that mankind’s goal is to create human intelligence?  Depends on who you ask.  If that is the assumption, it is not likely to happen…

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Machine Intelligence

Monday, August 1, 2016

The Machine Intelligence debate goes on, with the latest topics including predictive maintenance. The implication seems to be that if a machine can predict equipment failures and eliminate…

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Reinvent the Old and make it New

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

When cost barriers drop, suddenly old problems start to look like new opportunities. There are many examples of older technology that has never become widely adopted due to…

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Is Driver-less Driving the Answer?

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Tesla Motors had its first fatality.  The response from Tesla included a very odd statistic.  The company estimates that there were 130,000,000 miles driven last year in Tesla…

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Control Fast Forward

Sunday, June 26, 2016

There are three major trends that will shape the coming generation of control technology.  These trends are largely independent and not likely to go away.  They are increasing…

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Control Architecture and the Future of Control

Sunday, June 19, 2016

The architecture problem is stretched further as the next generation of computing emerges.  When it is possible to embed a 32 bit processor that costs $1. into a…

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control system

Control and Architecture

Saturday, June 11, 2016

The next wave of control system architecture is already emerging.  As processor power continues to grow and cost continues to decline, how do we leverage that emerging capability?…

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