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A Revolution amid Evolution

Industry 4.0’s Place in Human History For now, let’s call Industry 4.0 a phenomenon. It’s still an initiative in the early formation of purpose and objective. We can look around the world and observe in various countries the spawn of many attempts at implementation under different names that are being swept under the umbrella of […]

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Methods of Speed Control

Single Phase Induction Motors(SPIMs) A SPIM, when first built, is a single-speed motor. Speed control is introduced by the addition of specific control circuitry that can alter the design characteristics of the basic motor consisting of a stator and a rotor, as shown in the images below. You can have a slip ring rotor on […]

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Cybersecurity + Industry 4.0

Industry 4.0, the industry supertrend, is generating great excitement among manufacturing leaders.  Just about every manufacturing operation can benefit from an Industry 4.0 technology program.  Almost always, Industry 4.0 programs increase the amount of data generation and collection for an operation.  They can use this data to make deep insights into their processes.  As the […]

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Hydraulics and Automation

The Motion of Fluid in the Automation of Today When people think of automation they tend towards the electrical side of things, the controllers and the brains behind the machine.  Those brains need something to make the machine do its job, and there are different methods to make those electronic commands form in the physical […]

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Human Machine Interface (HMI)

How To Win Production and Influence Machines In today’s world, machines are becoming more autonomous and require less and less input from their human operators each day.  Still, they require input, and the humans that perform these actions have had to communicate with the machines in some way.  Hence, the Human Machine Interface. From the […]

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Machine Vision

Looking Through the Lens of Automation I remember my first interaction with machine vision.  It was exciting, because I had this image of all the things you’ve seen in the movies.  I always remember the scenes in “Terminator” where you were looking through the eyes of the machine, and seeing what it saw.  Little did […]

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Internet of Things(IoT) and the Fourth Industrial Revolution

Chances are (unless you’ve been living off-grid for the last few years) you’ve heard the terms Internet of Things (IoT), Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), and Industry 4.0, but like many people you may not be able to pinpoint what exactly each one means and how they relate to each other. To start learning what […]

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3 Benefits of Lean Manufacturing

We All Want More Value Out of Day If you are someone who wants to improve your workday, then Lean Manufacturing can empower you to make lasting impact. Improvement, by definition, requires change, and it is often intimidating to know where to start. Lean Manufacturing provides a framework to identify improvements and systematically achieve them. […]

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Pacific Scientific’s Obsolete Automation

In the early 2000’s, Pacific Scientific stopped making motors and drive specific to the industrial automation industry. Since then, Pacific Scientific has turned to weapons manufacturing and kinetic solution engineering. However, many manufacturing plants and systems around the globe loved Pacific Scientific products. They were affordable and cutting edge for the time. Pacific Scientific products […]

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Kollmorgen Frameless Motors

Kollmorgen has made big improvements to their motor lineups for 2019. They have spent a lot of time and effort into building cutting edge motors which cannot be matched by competing manufactures. One of their newest additions to their motor product lines are their ‘frameless motors’. Kollmorgen designed these motors around servo motor kits which […]

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