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.
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.
In this new Design News feature, "How it Works," we’re starting off by examining the inner workings of the electronic cigarette. While e-cigarettes seemed like a gimmick just two or three years ago, they’re catching fire -- so to speak. Sales topped $1 billion last year and are set to hit $10 billion by 2017. Cigarette companies are fighting back by buying up e-cigarette manufacturers.
Microchip recently released the 3D TouchPad, the first USB PC Peripheral device that couples 2D multi-touch input with 3D air gesture technology. The company seeks the help of developers to further enhance the capabilities of the technology.
To give engineers a better idea of the range of resins and polymers available as alternatives to other materials, this Technology Roundup presents several articles on engineering plastics that can do the job.
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