MOTION CONTROL: B&K Precision has created a comprehensive guide on function and arbitrary waveform generators. Anyone from novice to experienced users of function and arbitrary generators will appreciate this detailed guide and generator selection aid. A primary goal of this guide is to help users select the best generator for their particular testing requirements. With over 28 signal generators already in its lineup—and more on the horizon—B&K realized this guide would help customers make the right choice.
B&K Precision’s signal generator line ranges from general-purpose analog function generators and direct digital synthesis (DDS) based instruments to sophisticated arbitrary waveform generators (AWG). This complete line addresses the requirements of a broad spectrum of applications and environments from schools, hobbyists, and repair shops to engineering and science labs. The appeal of modern DDS generators is the ability to provide a wide variety of output signals with outstanding frequency resolution. Building on DDS technology, arbitrary waveform generators allow users to create complex, fully user-defined output signals, as well as common function generator waveforms.
This informative guide explains the intricacies of these various types of generators. Additionally, the guide offers a complete glossary explaining terms such as Amplitude Modulation, Distortion, Voltage Controlled Frequency, and more. The B&K Guide for Function and Arbitrary Waveform Generators also contains a useful Q & A section with tips for various circuitry set-ups.
Robots that walk have come a long way from simple barebones walking machines or pairs of legs without an upper body and head. Much of the research these days focuses on making more humanoid robots. But they are not all created equal.
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For industrial control applications, or even a simple assembly line, that machine can go almost 24/7 without a break. But what happens when the task is a little more complex? That’s where the “smart” machine would come in. The smart machine is one that has some simple (or complex in some cases) processing capability to be able to adapt to changing conditions. Such machines are suited for a host of applications, including automotive, aerospace, defense, medical, computers and electronics, telecommunications, consumer goods, and so on. This discussion will examine what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.