Thanks Jon, it was fun to see that the reference for the article was a Sams book from 1977. Back then one of the toughest design issues was how expensive, or difficult it was to obtain precision capacitor values. We use the same circuits today and don't think twice about buying 5% capacitors.
Most machine design engineers will survey existing component manufacturers for standard linear guide products, limiting what they can do with their designs. Using extruded aluminum profile guides can customize machine designs while shrinking the bill of materials.
Weaned on the relatively effortless connectivity of today’s massive variety of consumer electronic products, automation users in the IIoT will likely not tolerate too many competing, piecemeal standards for long. And the Industrial Internet Consortium is trying to preempt history.
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