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'Control, Control, You Must Learn Control'
4/18/2014

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naperlou
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need more control education
naperlou   4/18/2014 1:34:44 PM
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Kevin, in my experience in the aerospace industry, we had a whole separate group of controls engineers.  Then, the software engineers took the equations and algorithms and turned them into very compact code.  The later was necessary because the processors were not very powerful.  I got into it just as digital control systems were coming into their own.  The previous systems were analog.  Fast, but hard to program and tune.

Now, we can get processors, inquantity, that cost $50 to $1.  Many have built in FFT instrustions.  They also have built in A/D and D/A.  It is a brave new world.

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alanpatrick61   4/22/2014 9:17:20 AM
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I think you inadvertantly make the Professor's point.  I work at a firm where use of the latest computer tools can lag a bit, but is encouraged.  Even so failure to understand what the model is telling you and evaluate it based on a thorough knowledge of the basics continues to generate re-work and re-adjustment especially when you have to integrate computer based applications w/ more traditional controls operating higher static and dynamic loads.

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naperlou   4/22/2014 11:49:41 AM
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alanpatrick61, yes, I meant to.  I was trying to contrast what was done in the past, in terms of specialization, with what the article was advocating.  Thanks for picking that up.

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