Modular mechatronic systems gaining momentum

ACOPOSmotor sets new standards for decentralized motion control With the ACOPOSmotor, B&R combines a servo motor and drive in one compact unit. Safety technology can also be integrated…

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Motor Centric Design – Part 3

With all the emphasis on how important wind power is to the future of energy supply, it is surprising to me that we haven’t seen a variety of…

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Motor Centric Design – Part 2

Sometimes engineers are confronted with an application that is unique and demanding, that ultimately requires a new approach.  There are some famous examples that we all deal with….

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Machine Control

During his Keynote speech at the 2014 NI Week, founder Jeff Kodosky posed some interesting challenges to our assumptions about programming languages.  In his talk about the future…

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The “Work Statement” for A Mechatronic System

The “Work Statement” for a mechatronic system is a very complex undertaking.  From the theory standpoint there is no single systematic explanation that can serve as a guideline…

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History of Work – Part 2

Work is something we would generally like to delegate.  That’s what we did with animals, we got them to help us increase our abilities in the agricultural arena….

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History of Work

Work? Not a big fan, personally.  I prefer to think about it carefully and for a long time before I get too involved.  My musings on work took…

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Renk Systems on the 15MW Dynamometer

Engineering calculations may say the design will work, but experience has proven that conditions in the real world cannot be fully anticipated.  This fact was expressed in early…

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IT and Control

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

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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Electric Motor Efficiency

The notion of increasing efficiency in electric motors has been with us for some time.  The US government has been pushing efficiency standards for quite some time.  It’s…

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Magnetics and Mechatronics

What do we know about magnetism, really?  It’s kind of a mysterious force.  The earth is a giant permanent magnet.  The magnetosphere protects us from cosmic radiation and…

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Hydrogen and Power

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.  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

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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The Future of Electric Motors

The electric motor is everywhere.  Even more so in the age of the electric car, wind turbines and solar tracking systems.  Electric motors use more than 60% of…

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Manufacturing and IT

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

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More Internet Things

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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Internet Things

The term “Internet of Things” was not unfamiliar to me, but I did not really comprehend the potential until a seminar at Advantech almost 3 years ago. Apparently…

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

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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Fixing Wind Power Gearboxes

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

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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FIA Formula E Racing

Is it a radical break with the past, or the studied creation of a new racing tradition that builds on the classic principles that bring cars and technology…

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Electric Car Competitions

The mainstream automobile racing community, in spite of the assumed goal of pushing the limits of technology, has been slow to engage really new technology.  One would think…

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WAGO to sponsor FIRST Robotics Competition for students

Combining the excitement of sport with the rigors of science and technology, FIRST Robotics Com-petition (FRC) challenges students to build and program robots to perform tasks and compete…

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