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November 13 – Day 3: Understanding LED Lighting Standards
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Compliance standards have been established by EnergyStar, DOE, IEC and other regulatory organizations, providing guidelines for manufacturers to follow when designing, producing and testing LED lighting designs. There are also global standards to keep in mind. Learn more about the various standards that designers should be aware of in order to be compliant. This session also includes time for questions and answers on related LED lighting circuit protection, applications and standards topics.
November 12 – Day 2: Circuit Protection for LED Lighting Applications
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As the LED lighting market continues to grow across several application segments, the demand for both high-reliability and ROI continues to increase. Regardless of the LED application, circuit protection is needed to safeguard sensitive electronic circuits from electrical threats and meet industry standards for safety and reliability. This session addresses numerous circuit protection applications – from outdoor street lights to indoor area lighting – identifying the problems and best solutions.
November 11 – Day 1: LED Lighting Market Overview & the Importance of Circuit Protection
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The future of LED lighting technology is certainly bright. In spite of fluctuations in the economy and the general lighting industry, LED lighting occupies a significant portion of the overall lighting market. To succeed in this market, electronics engineers must incorporate reliable circuit protection that deliver a strong ROI for their LED designs. This session addresses the LED lighting market growth and answers these questions: What is circuit protection? Why is it important to LED lighting?
October 30 - Day 3: Hydraulic Pumps Efficiency Prediction
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Hydraulic pumps are a crucial component in hydraulic systems. This class discusses the sources of pump inefficiencies. Additionally, the presenter will discuss how pump inefficiencies are affected and predicted under operational conditions, namely system pressure and pump rpm.
October 30 - Day 3: Injection Molding With 3D Printing Molds
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The Minnesota industrial design and product development company Worrell has enthusiastically embraced 3D printing in its medical device business. In this class, Worrell shares how it has managed to take a new look at injection molding and how your business can benefit from doing the same.
October 29 - Day 2: Quantifying Losses in Hydraulic Systems
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Every hydraulic system experiences a certain percentage of losses due to the component inefficiencies and the plumbing used. This class will present the basic calculations needed to quantify the losses in the hydraulic conductors depending on the flow pattern through the conductors.
October 29 - Day 2: End-Use Parts
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3D printed parts are strong and durable enough to be used as end-use products. Jack Stubbs is proving this by 3D printing anatomically accurate mannequins to be used in medical training. Listen in as he describes how 3D printing end-use parts has changed the way the University of Minnesota Medical School is teaching students.
October 28 - Day 1: Hydro-Mechanical vs. Electro-Hydraulic Control Solutions
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This class introduces a qualitative, comparative study between hydro-mechanical and electro-hydraulic control solutions. Various points of view will be considered in the study, such as system smartness, compactness, remote control, cost effectiveness, seamless control, and energy efficiency.
October 28 - Day 1: Jigs & Fixtures and Tooling
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Additive manufacturing can drastically reduce costs and accelerate delivery when substituted for current methods of making jigs and fixtures. Learn more when David Baker, President of Worxsimple, discusses how his company is using 3D printing in its work cycle.
October 16 - Day 3: Automotive Electronics Standards
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10/16/2014  54 comments
Test standards have been established by the Automotive Electronics Council (AEC) Component Technical Committee and other regulatory organizations to provide strict guidelines for manufacturers to follow when designing, producing and testing vehicles. Learn more about the various standards designers should be aware of in order to be compliant. This session also includes time for questions and answers on related automotive electronics circuit protection, applications and standards topics.
October 15 - Day 2: Automotive Electronics Circuit Protection Applications
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10/15/2014  73 comments
In modern automotive designs, all on-board electronics are connected to the battery and alternator. Due to its instability, the alternator output requires further conditioning before it can be used to power other systems. Protecting the vehicle’s performance and safety systems are vital to ensuring the safety and well-being of the driver and passengers. This session addresses numerous circuit protection applications – under the hood and in the cabin – identifying the problems and best solutions.
October 14 - Day 1: Automotive Electronics Overview & the Importance of Circuit Protection
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10/14/2014  82 comments
Today's automotive designs include nearly 100 microprocessors; the number of processors is expected to double in 5 years. All on-board electronics – from in-dash displays to the latest connected technologies – all need circuit protection. This session addresses the automotive electronics market and the answers to these questions: What is circuit protection? Why is it important to automotive electronics? What are the issues designers should be aware of in the development of their designs?
October 2 - Day 3: Using SoC FPGAs as ‘C’ Implementation Platforms
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10/2/2014  274 comments
Modern SoC FPGAs can be used as platforms for ‘C’ language-based software development to further hide ‘hardware’ details from the software-centric developer. Tools such as SDK for OpenCL promote software-centric design and result in implementations that exploit both hard CPUs and fabric-based accelerators. An example design for Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS) will be used to illustrate the tool flow for ‘C’ based development.
October 1 - Day 2: Using SoC FPGAs as IP Integration Platforms
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10/1/2014  290 comments
This class will show how SoC FPGAs can be used as IP integration platforms, delivering enhanced flexibility to the software developer. Hard IP for processors, peripherals, and memory can be combined with soft (fabric) resources for additional peripherals and algorithm acceleration. Example applications in motor control and automotive drive train controllers will illustrate how easy it is to create the optimal target platform for embedded software development.
September 30 - Day 1: An Introduction to SoC FPGAs
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9/30/2014  456 comments
This class provides an overview of the capabilities of SoC FPGAs and how they can be used as a familiar development platform for embedded software. The additional flexibility that SoC FPGAs have over traditional MCUs and CPUs makes them much more efficient for integrating IP and accelerating algorithm performance. SoC FPGAs can help reduce overall system cost and risk.
August 14 - Day 3: Problem Solving With Plastic Bearings
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Problem-solving day: Plastics can solve some really complex problems in the trickiest applications. Learn about a range of tricks and tools that are available to help find the solution to bearing issues in your applications. Discover a range of free tools and databases that can help discover the best solution for applications with special considerations and requirements.
August 13 - Day 2: The Right Plastic Bearing Material for Any Application
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8/13/2014  128 comments
Plastic bearings can be found in everything from sterile lab equipment to heavy-duty offshore equipment. Discover a range of plastic bearing materials and geometries that suit this wide array of applications. From hot to cold, and occasional light-duty movements to constant, extremely heavy loads, there’s a plastic material developed to conquer just about anything.
August 12 - Day 1: Plastic vs. Metal
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8/12/2014  127 comments
You may be surprised to hear the applications that are taking advantage of plastic bearings. While metal may still win out in some cases, plastic bearings can be just as effective and reliable as metals, if not more so. Learn the differences in technologies and how to decide which material is best for the task at hand.
May 1 - Day 3: Multi-Axes Control Architectures
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The next step in complexity is combining several axes to perform a coordinated motion. This class reviews the different concepts that can be used. The motion control example for a delta robot illustrates how high-level multi-axes control can be achieved.
April 30 - Day 2: DC Motor Data Sheets & Selection Rules
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4/30/2014  137 comments
This class starts with a short review on DC motor design types and their properties. We will look at the operational limits of DC motors and their behavior. A practical motor selection example will illustrate what we have learned up to this point.
April 29 - Day 1: A Systematic Approach to Drive Selection
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4/29/2014  169 comments
This class will provide a framework for drive selection. We will review the general requirements of drives used in robotic systems. We will deal systematically with the selection criteria of an individual axis, including power and mechanics, as well as control and environmental aspects.




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