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Our technology newsletters usually focus on what's going on right now, but sometimes it's worth taking a look back at how-to articles whose relevance hasn't just evaporated after a few months. Case in point is "Three Ways to Control a Single-Phase Induction Motor." It has consistently been generating interest since it first appeared way back in 2004, which may seem like a lifetime from a technology standpoint. Please let me know if you'd like to see more how-to pieces like this in upcoming editions of this newsletter.
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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.
In a bid to boost the viability of lithium-based electric car batteries, a team at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has developed a chemistry that could possibly double an EV’s driving range while cutting its battery cost in half.
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.