Energy and the Balance of Power

Sunday, January 4, 2015

  In modern times the backbone of the industrialized world is energy. While electricity is the dominant form of energy for manufacturing, the dominant form of energy in…

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Design Integration

Sunday, November 2, 2014

There are a number of definitions for the word ‘design’.  A broad definition is based on conceiving or planning something.  The object of the design could be anything,…

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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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Fixing Wind Power Gearboxes

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Two new articles were published on gearbox and bearing failures in wind power turbines in the last couple of weeks.   One in Power Transmission Magazine, March 2014…

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Composites and Mechatronics

Sunday, March 30, 2014

The composites industry has been growing at CAGR of 11.1% over the last 10 years.  Given the soft economy, this is truly standout performance.  The largest markets for…

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Replicator 2 from Maker Bot

Additive Manufacturing in the Real World

Sunday, April 28, 2013

There is no doubt that additive processing will dramatically change the future of manufacturing.  If you consider the original stereo lithography polymer proces, 3D printing, one example of…

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Cars and Reliability

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Today’s cars are extremely complex assemblies of all kinds of mechatronic systems.  Toyota says their average car contains about 30,000 parts if you include all the screws and…

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Keeping it Simple

Monday, February 25, 2013

The KISS principle.  Keep It Simple Stupid.  Hopefully they still teach this in engineering school.  It is the essence of good design.  Reducing the complex to the most…

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Rexroth EasyHandling brochure describes approach to designing and implementing handling systems

Friday, September 7, 2012

Bosch Rexroth has published a brochure describing the EasyHandling solution, a comprehensive platform of components, drives and engineering software. Rexroth’s EasyHandling system is more than a modular set of…

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The New Generation of Motor Design

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Motors keep changing.  Faraday’s laws haven’t been broken.  Rather, we keep inventing new solutions to the fundamental question; how do I achieve lowest cost performance. The primary attribute…

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