The Next Wave

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Control system technology in the manufacturing arena has been driving a lot of technology over the last few decades.  That shouldn’t be a big surprise, the worldwide revenue…

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IT and Control

Sunday, June 22, 2014

The lines between plant control systems and Information Technology systems are blurring.  Even more than I previously thought.  Consider the latest from Rockwell Automation; Rockwell Architecture and Software…

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IT, the Cloud, and Manufacturing

Sunday, June 15, 2014

What is the cloud?  It is a virtual computing world.  Server farms with massive computer resources that can host any application.  Instead of installing Excel spreadsheet on your…

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Testing the Big Boys

Saturday, June 7, 2014

By Steve Meyer, Contributing Editor Mechatronic challenges come in all sizes, but the new 15-MW Drivetrain Test Facility at Clemson University may be the biggest in the world….

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Hydrogen and Power

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Hydrogen make up about 92% of all mass in the entire universe.  It’s everywhere.  Ask any astronomer.  All that interstellar gas?  Hydrogen.  All the stars in the universe?…

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Electric Motors Make Things Go

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Electric motors make things go.  Better motors mean better go power.  What constitutes “better” and what to do about it, is the subject of a great deal of…

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World’s Largest Truck is Hybrid Electric

Sunday, May 11, 2014

The world’s largest earth moving vehicle is about to hit the dirt running.  The Belaz truck company of Belarus recently announced the completion of their biggest dump truck…

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Manufacturing and IT

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Information Technology (IT) gets a lot of respect.  Historically most large businesses have an established annual budget for the IT Department.  This is often because the business view…

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More Internet Things

Sunday, April 20, 2014

The Internet of Things is “the Cloud”.  The notion that every sensor imaginable will eventually be connected to processing and storage resources by an embedded Internet/micro-controller will require…

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Miki Pulley Introduces The BXR Spring Applied Brake To The US Market

Monday, April 7, 2014

Miki Pulley is introducing their BXR Spring Applied Brakes for direct sale to OEM’s in North America. The BXR safety brake may serve as an emergency brake, as…

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