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Part III: Time-Driven Versus Event-Driven Control
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2/29/2012  330 comments
The inputs and outputs to and from a controller may be a function of time (or time-driven), which means that the control flow is driven by a clock; or things may be controlled by events (event-driven), which means that the control flow is determined by events, such as a sensor triggering or a user action or a message from another control system. Our expert will introduce the concepts of discrete (digital), continuous (analog), time-driven, and event-driven systems.
Part II: Control System Feedback Loops
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2/28/2012  284 comments
A control system has one or more inputs from external sources and one or more outputs driving external loads. The controller may also use one or more feedback loops, which refers to sampling the outputs from the downstream process and feeding these sampled values back as additional inputs into the control system. Our expert will introduce the concepts of open-loop, closed-loop, linear, and non-linear control systems.
Intro: Basics of Industrial Control Processing
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2/27/2012  290 comments
In its most general sense, a control system is a device that is used to manage, command, direct, or regulate the behavior of other devices, processes, or systems. Industrial control systems are used in the manufacturing and production of products and the control of processing plants. Our expert will discuss the evolution of control systems and introduce a variety of fundamental concepts.
Part V: Advanced Sensors in Precision Manufacturing Applications
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2/17/2012  247 comments
The rules can change when sensor specifications exceed those for high-volume applications. High precision and accuracy sensors as well as measurement extremes often dictate different sensor technologies. This lecture will explore a few of the more challenging situations.
Part IV: Designing Intelligent Sensor Interfaces
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2/16/2012  211 comments
Design considerations for interfacing sensors vary depending on the sensor's output and the application's requirements. This tutorial will address some of the more common issues.
Part III: Selecting the Right Sensor for Your Application
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2/15/2012  229 comments
For some measurements, selecting the right sensor simply involves a few parameters such as range, accuracy, and precision. However, applications with network communication and environmental issues such as temperature extremes and high humidity demand further considerations. Our lecturer will discuss a few of his favorites in this session.
Part II: Understanding & Using Sensors in Machine-Vision Systems
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2/14/2012  258 comments
Vision technology continues to evolve and offer users more choices. Is a CCD or CMOS sensor required? Find out from our expert in this tutorial.
Introduction: Basics of Industrial Sensors & Control
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2/13/2012  323 comments
Choosing the right sensor for industrial applications involves more than just the sensor technology used for the measurement. Other system requirements, including the network communication protocol, play equally important roles. Our expert will delve into some of the most common issues for industrial measurements.
Part V: Professional Debugging II -- Proactive Test & Integration
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2/3/2012  317 comments
Most developers start debugging their code after it has been compiled and linked. That's a mistake! There will be bugs. In this session you'll learn to anticipate bugs, and to seed your code with constructs that capture the problems.
Part IV: Professional Debugging I -- Managing Bug Lists & Metrics
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2/2/2012  397 comments
The quality revolution taught us that quality must be designed in, not bolted on. Yet the firmware industry has missed this critical point. Spend an hour with us and get the low-down on measuring bugs, and strategies to build error-free code from the outset.
Part III: What You Need to Know About Real-Time Operating Systems (RTOSs)
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2/1/2012  457 comments
Though commercial RTOSs have been around for 30 years, there's still a lot of confusion about what they're all about. Join us for a discussion about what's behind an RTOS, and what the benefits are. We'll also dispel some long-held myths.

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