Elektor International Media sent me a copy of Martin Brown’s book, Power Electronics in Motor Drives: Principles, Application and Design. Brown worked with Siemens UK for almost 30 years and designed power supplies for terrestrial based communication equipment and developed a low-cost AC inverter drive that controls the speed of industrial motors. He notes, “This book is aimed at people who want to understand how AC drivers–also known as inverter drives–work and how they are used in industry. It is much more about the practical design and application of drives than about the mathematical principles behind them.” You’ll find a few equations early on, but nothing that won’t yield to basic algebra.
The practical approach will make the book appealing to a wide spectrum of engineers who don’t want to become motor-drive experts, but who need to know how they work so they can properly design them into a motor-control system. The book breaks down into 11 well-illustrated chapters over about 230 pages.
Truchard will be presented the award at the 2014 Golden Mousetrap Awards ceremony during the co-located events Pacific Design & Manufacturing, MD&M West, WestPack, PLASTEC West, Electronics West, ATX West, and AeroCon.
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.
The IEEE Computer Society has named the top 10 trends for 2014. You can expect the convergence of cloud computing and mobile devices, advances in health care data and devices, as well as privacy issues in social media to make the headlines. And 3D printing came out of nowhere to make a big splash.
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.