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Mechatronics
posted in April 2011
So You Want to Build an H-Bot?
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4/29/2011  Post a comment
The H-Bot is conceptually simple; it's the design of the controls that make it amazing.
Pile Driving Machine Design
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4/21/2011  Post a comment
Sixteen precision 112.5-degree gearboxes regulate timing for the Octa-Kong pile driver that is being used to build the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge in China.
High Frequency Hexapod Testing
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4/21/2011  Post a comment
Hydraulic hexapod simulation table expands frequency range up to 100 Hz, increasing the speed, range and flexibility of automotive component testing.
The Pneumatic-Electromechanical Connection
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4/21/2011  Post a comment
Flexible pneumatic technology offers multi-position, force control and industrial network support for distributed architectures to bridge the abilities of standard pneumatic and electromechanical actuators.
IEC61131-3 as an Integration Tool
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4/14/2011  Post a comment
Understanding the benefits of IEC61131-3 and why its programming methods are becoming preferred for mechatronic designs.
Designing Systems for Remote Access
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4/14/2011  Post a comment
Using standard industrial Ethernet technologies, forward-thinking machine builders can leverage an array of enterprise technologies that allow for their machines to more easily be used by partner service organizations increasingly relied upon by manufacturers of all sizes.
In System Integration, Software Rules
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4/14/2011  Post a comment
To address machine builder needs, the automation industry is increasingly focused on delivering application-specific software that is highly tailored to specific machines and easy to use.
Computing Advances Permit New Integration Answers
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4/14/2011  1 comment
From robots that can handle heavy-duty, yet delicate tasks to the integration of complex, modular systems, systems integrators are increasingly able to solve machine and production system design problems through the application of advanced computer technologies.
Engineering Education in Context
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4/11/2011  1 comment
Engineers practice engineering in context, so why is it taught out of context?




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