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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Internet Factorynet

Monday, April 13, 2015

The Internet of Things has spawned a lot of hype in the last couple of years.  Lately there have been a number of themes around specific segments and…

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Patents and Patenting

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Abraham Lincoln is quoted as saying “The Patent system adds the fuel of interest to the fire of genius.”  It was the intent of the American Patent system…

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You Can Fix Stupid

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Ron White has famously said “You Can’t Fix Stupid”.  And he’s right, of course.  We all do stuff that’s a little crazy and generally, we live long enough…

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HuMan in the Machine

Sunday, March 8, 2015

What is it that is so special about the act of creation?  Mankind has the special gift to be able to create tools, and especially in the mechatronics…

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