Manufacturing USA

The Department of Commerce produces information on about the US economy every five years.  In an economy estimated at $28.7 trillion, the largest segment was Manufacturing at $5.8 trillion….

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The State of the Art in Wind Power

Wind turbines are complex systems that convert the low speed, low kinetic energy of wind into electricity.  The current state of the art involves using very large propellers…

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Insights from 1400 Year Old Windmills

Windmills have figured prominently in mankind’s ability to prosper on planet earth.  The windmill gets its name from using wind power to grind (mill) grain for food.  One…

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The Obvious isn’t always…

Engineering of complex systems can sometimes be represented as a series of simplified approximations based on the performance of known subsystems.  In the case of wind turbines, there…

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Pumps

Processing water after it has been used into potable water is a complex mix of chemical, mechanical and electrical engineering disciplines.  The mechanical problems to be solved include…

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Water Crisis

Water, somewhat like matter and energy, is not really created or destroyed.  Water is mostly captured, used and recycled.  The exception to this is electrolysis of water in…

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Mechanics, Load and Gearing

A thorough understanding of the mechanical load is crucial to successful motion applications.  Gear designers are experts in understanding the mechanical load.  Not just the RMS power requirement, but…

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New multifunctional, configurable, electronic safety controllers

Schmersal is proud to introduce the PROTECT SRB-E series, a range of multifunctional, configurable, electronic safety controllers. The series features safe PNP outputs and can be used to…

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Position or not Position?

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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AutomationDirect extends productivity series controllers’ capabilities

AutomationDirect has introduced additional modules to the Productivity series of programmable controller products. Additionally, updated Productivity Suite programming software is now available. For the Productivity3000 series, the P3-550E…

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Understanding the Notion of Positioning

One of the most difficult challenges to machine builders is understanding the notion of positioning and how it is reflected in component selection in their equipment design.  Positioning…

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Drone Wars

Research into unmanned aircraft has been going on for some time.  Called UAVs for Unmanned Airborne Vehicles, systems of various types have been under development since the 1908’s….

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Caged toolblox 30% lighter than solid tombstones

Kurt ToolBlox feature an open-cage design weighing 30% less than a solid tombstone with Aluminum subplates, making easier handling for the CNC machine table and shuttle systems. The…

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Motor Changes

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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Machine throughput increases with next generation indexing table

ETEL’s RTMB high precision indexing tables have been a trusted solution for over 10 years, with thousands of products operating in a variety of industries including automation, electronics,…

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Mechanics and Motion

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

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

Engineers and designers frequently seek simplicity as a measure of excellence in products and machine designs.  Simplicity has many virtues.  Simplicity often means high reliability.  Simplicity can translate to long…

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Safety controllers for explosive environments

Schmersal is proud to introduce the SRB-EXi series; a generation of safety relay modules which combines the proven SRB safety relay functionality with the demands of explosion protection….

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Control System Language

Programming control systems is a complex matter.  Some of the complexity is the history behind it, some is hardware related and some is the interdependency of hardware and…

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Consumer Electric Car

The competition to bring a mass produced electric car to the market is really heating up.  There is an underlying assumption that, like flat screen TVs, this thing…

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Compact uninterruptible power supply

Phoenix Contact introduces the UNO-UPS, a compact 24 V DC uninterruptible power supply (UPS). The UNO-UPS provides standby power in the event of an AC mains power loss….

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Molex introduces SST universal Modbus modules for CompactLogix controllers

Molex, LLC has introduced two new seamlessly integrated Modbus modules for Rockwell Automation CompactLogix controllers. The two Universal Modbus modules connect CompactLogix controllers to any Modbus/TCP or Modbus…

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OSAI introduces new CNC turnkey prewired packages

OSAI has announced introduction of its new CNC turnkey prewired packaged systems for the metalworking CNC plasma, laser, and milling industries. These packages are completely digital with Ethercat…

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Advantech launches TUV certified IEC-61850-3 industrial PC

IEC-61850 is the specific standard for smart substations and defines the Ethernet protocol to be used for data communication and defines how devices in the substation communicate with…

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