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Rob Spiegel
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posted in January 2012

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Comment:Re: Great Job - Rob Spiegel-1/30/2012
Slideshow: Plant Safety Takes Center Stage in Factory Automation
Blog 
1/30/2012  36 comments
Safety networks have become more complex, and have actually become simpler and easier to deploy for plant operators. This slideshow highlights developments in plant safety with an emphasis on integrated safety networks.
Comment:Re: BOM costs - Rob Spiegel-1/26/2012
Battery Sparks Red-Hot Mystery
Sherlock Ohms 
1/26/2012  39 comments
Even the little 9V battery that we use in our smoke alarms and transistor radios delivers plenty of energy -- and can wreak havoc when crossed.
Nuclear Plant Triggers False Alarms
Sherlock Ohms 
1/25/2012  19 comments
A nuclear energy generation plant was throwing off one alarm after another. Sherlock Ohms, come quickly.
Comment:Re: Ingenious - Rob Spiegel-1/24/2012
HP Printer Is Baked Back to Life
Made by Monkeys 
1/24/2012  47 comments
The HP printer died. The owner found surprising success with a home-baked solution.
Power Supplies Cause Confusion in Lab
Sherlock Ohms 
1/23/2012  8 comments
Sometimes your basic assumptions -- like well-working power supplies -- hide the problem you're trying to solve.
Comment:Good program - Rob Spiegel-1/20/2012
Comment:Generic looks - Rob Spiegel-1/20/2012
Why Are USB-A Connectors So Frail?
Made by Monkeys 
1/19/2012  57 comments
USBs are the most common PC connectors, yet they are also the most fragile.
Case of the Failing Switching Regulator IC
Sherlock Ohms 
1/18/2012  11 comments
Choose your capacitors well, and read your research notes carefully, lest you blow up your product.
Comment:Re: Ingenious - Rob Spiegel-1/17/2012
Gadget Freak Case #203: Smart Recycle Can
Gadget Freak 
1/17/2012  19 comments
This recycler determines the type of material being entered, by scanning it in or entering it via a touchscreen; and an RC servomotor opens the trash flap, dropping the material in the can.
Slideshow: Top 5 Automation & Control Trends to Watch in 2012
News 
1/17/2012  32 comments
In 2012 we'll see an expansion of plant technology, from the connected plant network to cloud computing and remote monitoring.
Oven Door Is Not Child-Proof
Made by Monkeys 
1/16/2012  33 comments
If the oven locks for cleaning, why doesn't it have a child safety lock?
Case of the Thawed Engine
Sherlock Ohms 
1/13/2012  17 comments
The car worked in cold weather... that is, until the engine warmed up.
Comment:EE Buzz - Rob Spiegel-1/12/2012
Top 5 Automation & Control Advances of 2011
News 
1/12/2012  9 comments
Network and safety continued to merge in 2011 as Ethernet furthered its gains as the networking backbone.
Case of the Shorted Signal
Sherlock Ohms 
1/11/2012  15 comments
Why does the printer work better when the power cord is warped?
I/O Drive Stings Boat Owner
Made by Monkeys 
1/10/2012  15 comments
The Stingray boat ran into trouble with its Volvo Penta SX I/O drive.
Hot Foot Causes Power Glitch
Sherlock Ohms 
1/9/2012  12 comments
What would cause a high-end lab power supply glitch? A firmware engineer answers this mystery.
Time Ticks Backwards on This Clock
Made by Monkeys 
1/6/2012  49 comments
Sometimes an appliance works great, but it just happens to work backwards.
Case of the Freezing Compressor Wires
Sherlock Ohms 
1/5/2012  7 comments
When the freezing temperatures in an ice cream storage room rise, you may have a sticky problem.
Generator Fries Household Appliances
Made by Monkeys 
1/4/2012  42 comments
Peter thought he was wise to have a generator on hand during a power outage -- that is, until he nearly burned down the house.
Gadget Freak Case #202: Frankenkindle – An Easier-to-Use Kindle
Gadget Freak 
1/3/2012  23 comments
To help his sister, who has cerebral palsy, Glenn Johnson created an easier-to-use Kindle by taking the controls from a children's V.Reader and routing them into the Kindle's interface board.
PCB Couldn’t Take the Heat
Made by Monkeys 
1/3/2012  22 comments
Sometimes when you fix an appliance, you're fixing problems that began in the design process.


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