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Kevin Craig
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Gears in Motion Control Systems
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6/30/2014  17 comments
It seems that gears have been around forever -- what could be new?
The Importance of UAVs
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5/28/2014  5 comments
Control is the defining enabler for UAV technologies.
'Control, Control, You Must Learn Control'
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4/18/2014  5 comments
Practicing engineers have not heeded Yoda's words.
How Does an Engineer Predict Step Motor Pull-Out Torque?
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3/27/2014  2 comments
Pull-out torque curves are rarely available for actual application conditions.
Machines Can’t Do What Engineers Do So Well
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3/5/2014  23 comments
Engineers are well positioned to be the leaders for innovation in this new age of machines. Human-centered design enables us to manage the vast amounts of information and the power of technology in solving the world’s problems.
Full Step, Half Step, or Micro-Step?
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1/24/2014  3 comments
Here are some facts about step-motor system performance all engineers need to know.
H-Bridge: Black Box or Are Details Important?
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12/23/2013  23 comments
What goes on inside an H-bridge is critical to know for system performance.
The 3 Categories of Measurement Systems
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12/3/2013  2 comments
Real-time control systems are everywhere and they require accurate measurement.
Keep an Eye on Hydraulic Transmission Lines
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11/7/2013  2 comments
Neglected transmission lines leads to poor performance and instability.
Crises Stimulate Opportunities
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10/1/2013  4 comments
Crises in universities and industry must uncover new ways to collaborate.
What if You Couldn’t Parallel Park Your Car?
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8/19/2013  29 comments
Cars now do this automatically, but should you know how?
How to Get From Here to There
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8/5/2013  Post a comment
A company’s success depends on its plan, and the same applies to mechanical motion.
Energy, Effort & Flow
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7/4/2013  2 comments
Systems are energy manipulators, and response results from energy transactions.
Managing Complexity & Reducing Risk
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6/10/2013  3 comments
How should engineers respond to high-risk technologies?
Frequency Response: The Gold Standard
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5/8/2013  5 comments
Engineers predict real-world response and identify model parameters.
Excelling in Shades-of-Grey Real World
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4/1/2013  5 comments
Grey-box modeling combines the physical and empirical to solve problems.
Angular Velocity: Misunderstood & Misstated
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3/21/2013  1 comment
Kinematic analysis requires defined reference frames and precise notation.
Inertia Mismatch: Fact or Fiction?
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2/7/2013  2 comments
Is this often-quoted concept an excuse for inadequate system modeling?
A Forgotten Practice Can Save US Industry $500B a Year
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1/3/2013  12 comments
Tribology, the science of friction, lubrication, and wear, must be rediscovered.
Modeling the MEMS Gyroscope
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12/28/2012  4 comments
How does the MEMS gyroscope work and how can it be modeled?
Where to Begin & the Tough First Step
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12/27/2012  10 comments
The ability to physically model differentiates engineers; it is not a commodity.
That Fictitious Force
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12/26/2012  7 comments
The ubiquitous MEMS gyroscope uses it, but what is it?
Automatic Code Generation & the Arduino
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12/6/2012  10 comments
Innovation in engineering practice and education has been reinvigorated by two complementary concepts: automatic code generation and the inexpensive, open-source, single-board microcontroller.
Mechatronify Common Mechanisms
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8/1/2012  Post a comment
Renaissance mechanisms become mechatronic through knowledge, process, and determination.
Engineering Education Upheaval
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7/24/2012  9 comments
Information is a commodity -- balancing and integrating information is not.
Understanding Time Delays Is Essential in Engineering Systems
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7/5/2012  3 comments
The impact of time delays continues to grow in many fields, including the control of distributed systems such as energy and computing grids.
Fluid Power Systems: The Hidden Giant
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6/18/2012  5 comments
Dynamic application of fluid power requires a systems approach.
Nothing Is Instantaneous
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5/1/2012  Post a comment
As engineering systems become more complex, understanding time delays is essential.
Wilbur Wright Understood It
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4/1/2012  Post a comment
Engineers must understand the physical significance of poles and zeros.
Circuits Without Wires
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2/1/2012  Post a comment
Understanding magnetic circuits illuminates electromechanical devices.
What Is Pulse Width Modulation?
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1/26/2012  9 comments
All engineers need to know what pulse width modulation is, and why it is so widely used.
Theory & Practice
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1/1/2012  Post a comment
We all know about the gap, now let's do something about it!
Mechatronics by Design: What Is IT?
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12/6/2011  7 comments
The technology of information enables mechatronic problem solving.
Top 10 Design Principles
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11/3/2011  7 comments
With practice, these principles become transparent in a design.
Mechatronic Modeling Reins In HVAC Power Consumption
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9/8/2011  9 comments
A mechatronic approach enhances system integration and control.
Modeling and Simulation for Motor Selection
Mechatronics Zone 
6/3/2011  1 comment
Why trajectory planning, system modeling and control design are essential.
So You Want to Build an H-Bot?
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4/29/2011  Post a comment
The H-Bot is conceptually simple; it's the design of the controls that make it amazing.
Engineering Education in Context
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4/11/2011  1 comment
Engineers practice engineering in context, so why is it taught out of context?
You Can't Just Say It's Reliable
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1/19/2011  Post a comment
Why understanding the physics of failure and having a systems approach are essential to modern engineering.


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