Auto Tuning Hydraulic Control Systems
Features 11/30/2010 Post a comment Automated tuning tools can be great time savers when used to optimize control systems. Knowing how to select the right auto tuning features for control system applications is critical to making the right systems design decision.
PACs versus PLCs
Features 11/16/2010 Post a comment The line between programmable automation controllers (PACs) and traditional programmable logic controllers (PLCs) is blurring, and continues to be re-defined both by applications and a set of key network connectivity, cost and programmability issues.
Intelligent Stepper Motor Motion Control
Features 11/16/2010 Post a comment The increased integration of intelligence into the drive - even on off-the-shelf models - gives designers the ability to control all the drive's parameters through the same interface that controls the motor's movements.
Automating the World's Largest NFL Stadium
Features 11/16/2010 Post a comment ABB's direct torque control technology plays a key role in moving the world's largest roof and video display. Lacking the level of control provided, the stadium's moving roof panels could wind up in the parking lot.
From home enthusiasts to workers on the manufacturing floor, everyone's imagination is captured by the potential of 3D printing. Prototyping, spare parts creation, art delivery, human organ creation, and even mass product production are all being targeted as current and potential uses for the technology.
ABI Research, a firm based in the UK that specializes in analyzing global connectivity and other emerging technologies, estimates there will be 40.9 billion active wirelessly interconnected “things” by 2020. The driving force is the usual suspect: the Internet of Things.
Just in time for Earth Day, chemicals leader Bayer MaterialScience reported from the UTECH Europe 2015 polyurethane show on programs and applications using its materials to help reduce energy usage. The company also gave an update on its CO2-based PU as that eco-friendly material comes closer to production.
Solar and wind energy are becoming more viable as a source of energy on the electric grid. For decades, the major drawback to solar and wind was that they’re temperamental. A cloudy day kills solar and a still day renders the wind turbines useless. Automation tools, however, are providing a path to help these renewables become practical.
In honor of Earth Day, the National Security Agency has launched the STEM Recycling Challenge in Maryland schools to encourage kids to think about where the garbage they throw out every day actually goes. The agency has also introduced “Dunk,” a muscular blue cartoon recycling bin wearing shorts and sneakers.
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