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Content tagged with Automation & Control posted in January 2010
Simulation and Rapid Prototypes Boost Construction Equipment Efficiency
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1/19/2010  Post a comment
As proportional hydraulic controls evolve, engineers rely more on software, allowing them to quickly go from design concepts to final products
Eliminating Drive Harmonics
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1/19/2010  Post a comment
Active filter, variable-speed drive combine to deal with harmonic disturbances
Three Bugaboos to Avoid When Designing a PC into Your Application
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1/15/2010  Post a comment
By doing a little upfront thinking about form factor, reliability and the supply chain, you can save yourself headaches later in the design process




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