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Content tagged with Automation & Control posted in March 2012
Case of the Oil Fire Damper
Sherlock Ohms 
3/21/2012  33 comments
If you could remove the fuel source -- in this case, oil -- you could put out the fire.
Slideshow: Medical Robots Assist Surgeons, Aid Paraplegics
Blog 
3/20/2012  22 comments
Robots are helping those who are paralyzed or have leg injuries walk again, and they can fetch and manipulate everyday objects.
Tiny Camera Sees Nonvisible Spectra
Engineering Materials 
3/16/2012  14 comments
A camera chip combining hyperspectral sensing with a machine-vision-grade image sensor will help incorporate spectroscopy into industrial vision applications.
Does the Return on Investment Justify High College Costs?
Blog 
3/15/2012  68 comments
Fortunately for the engineering community, the market sets a very high value on our degrees and associated skills.
Rebuilding Manufacturing: Readers Say Reduce Regulations
Wolfe's Den 
3/14/2012  33 comments
New innovations in technology are everywhere, but where should the support come from?
Double-Lock the Lock-Outs, or Lose a Hand
Made by Monkeys 
3/13/2012  33 comments
When shutting down a line for maintenance, make sure the lock-out is double locked.
Grinding Out the Angular Deflection
Sherlock Ohms 
3/12/2012  11 comments
When something's out of whack in production, sometimes you can grind it into compliance.
Caution: Corrosion When Wet
Guest Blogs 
3/9/2012  16 comments
Despite your best efforts, the environment always seems to find a way into your work.
Tractor Belt Bearings Break Bad
Sherlock Ohms 
3/8/2012  13 comments
The tractor's belts kept breaking, but the belts weren't the problem.
Machine Control System Won’t Communicate
Made by Monkeys 
3/7/2012  9 comments
When troubleshooting a communication problem, don't overlook the simplest setting.
Case of the Skewed Chips
Sherlock Ohms 
3/6/2012  13 comments
The automation was working within specs for chip placement, but it wasn't working as well as it should. A step-by-step look revealed the flaw.
Reducing Risk Through Integrated Advanced Development
Guest Blogs 
3/6/2012  15 comments
Integrated advanced development can help minimize risk associated with lack of knowledge, lack of product development, and lack of infrastructure.
Headbox Hairballs Plague Paper Mill
Sherlock Ohms 
3/5/2012  9 comments
Sometimes you have to take a plant nearly apart to find a problem that has been a pest for 20 years.
How Do You Define an Engineer?
Guest Blogs 
3/5/2012  45 comments
Engineers are the multi-talented, multi-skilled tool we use to solve problems -- society's Swiss Army knife.
Tiny Robots Fly in Swarms
Engineering Materials 
3/2/2012  26 comments
Hand-sized quadrotor robot swarms can fly in formation, collectively navigate obstacles, and build structures.




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