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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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Control Programming and Language

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Like the Tower of Babel, control system programming in the past was the domain of  many disparate languages that did not interact across disciplines.  Programming has been a crucial…

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Advantech launches a new powerful touch panel computer

Monday, February 8, 2016

Advantech’s Industrial Automation Group is pleased to announce the new 12” TPC-1282T touch panel computer with an Intel 5th Generation Core i3 processor and iDoor technology. The TPC-1282T…

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