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Sniffing out an intermittent high-voltage fault
Sniffing out an intermittent high-voltage fault

Detective work found the root cause for a high-voltage electrical fault after repeated breaker trips. Here's how. Recently, I received a late evening call from the controls engineer at a local chemical plant. He was seeking help troubleshooting a high-voltage electrical problem. Blown fuses on one of its 12.5 kV... Read More

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Can and should vendors fill the engineering gap?
Can and should vendors fill the engineering gap?

There are many reasons why end users and equipment builders require the help of outside engineering services. One is a long-term engineering shortage. I know this firsthand when filling open... Read More

Use total cost to justify automation for reshoring
Use total cost to justify automation for reshoring

Manufacturers should analyze total costs to justify use of automation for reshoring manufacturing closer to demand, according to Harry C. Moser, founder and president, Reshoring Initiative. The... Read More

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Right-sizing a motion control system can improve energy efficiency
Right-sizing a motion control system can improve energy efficiency

Manufacturers are always looking to improve energy efficiency, which effectively improves their bottom line. The manufacturers who are successful in this endeavor seldom go it alone. They enlist... Read More

Manufacturing centers to focus on digital design, metal alloys
Manufacturing centers to focus on digital design, metal alloys

The expected announcement Tuesday of two manufacturing innovation institutes in Chicago and Detroit will continue the Obama Administration’s emphasis on high-tech manufacturing while creating a... Read More

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Gateway switch for PLC programming and process visualization
Gateway switch for PLC programming and process visualization

Wago's PFC200 is designed to offer compact, computing power for PLC programming and process... Read More

Multi-touch panel PC series has multi-core CPUs
Multi-touch panel PC series has multi-core CPUs

Beckhoff Automation's CP22xx Panel PC series combines a multi-touch interface with... Read More

Communications module for Profibus network
Communications module for Profibus network

Molex's Brad SST Communication Modules SST-PB3S-CLX-RLL, SST-PB3S-CLX-RLL-CC and SST-PB3S-CLXT-RLL... Read More

Gripper designed for multiple automated manufacturing tasks
Gripper designed for multiple automated manufacturing tasks

Empire Robotics' Versaball is a gripper archetype designed to flexibly adapt to multiple automated... Read More

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