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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Innovation in Motors for Mechatronics

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Innovation is the watchword of mechatronics.  The pressure for solutions in alternative energy continue to push the boundaries of design in electromechanical systems. In the wind energy arena…

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Unique Solutions in Material Handling

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Moving products around is mechanical work.  When the work is done by a control system and actuators its mechatronics.  Mechanical work, whether by humans, by horses, by hydraulics,…

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Priorities Continued

Monday, June 20, 2011

Its tough enough getting a new piece of machinery built and working.  Turning out the same product reliably can be a challenge.  Even something as simple as a…

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Optimizing Motion

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Optimizing a motion control system is not easy.  There are many tradeoffs that need to be considered.  The strategy needed for each situation tends to be unique based…

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Magnets and Mechatronics

Sunday, January 23, 2011

The world supply of magnets is a hot topic.  The Chinese bought General Motors’ Magnaquench company some years ago and have on their soil one of the largest…

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