Mechatronics
Courtesy: Bob Vavra, CFE Media
Mechatronics March 19, 2019

Companies striving for energy efficiency with different methods

A report from IHS Markit indicates that the goal of reducing energy use and costs remains the same regardless of industry though the methods do differ.

By IHS Markit
Edge computing simplifies an infrastructure by mapping once at the edge and delivering data in a more efficient way, with message queuing telemetry transport (MQTT). Courtesy: Inductive Automation
Mechatronics March 11, 2019

Top 5 Control Engineering articles March 4-10

Articles about edge computing opportunities, the Engineers' Choice Awards, open architecture advantages, robotics 101, and manufacturing and process facility trends were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from March 4-10. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
The Cu Grounding Strap from Helukabel is ideal for eliminating EMC interference from ground loop for industrial applications such as the automotive industry and robotics. Courtesy: Helukabel
Mechatronics March 11, 2019

Grounding strap for industrial applications

The Cu Grounding Strap from Helukabel is ideal for eliminating EMC interference from ground loop for industrial applications such as the automotive industry and robotics.

By Helukabel
AutomationDirect's 325 frame size IronHorse cast iron worm gearboxes are available in several ratios with outputs in left hand shaft, right hand shaft, dual shaft, and hollow shaft. Courtesy: AutomationDirect
Mechatronics March 10, 2019

Cast iron worm gearbox series

AutomationDirect's 325 frame size IronHorse cast iron worm gearboxes are available in several ratios with outputs in left hand shaft, right hand shaft, dual shaft, and hollow shaft.

By AutomationDirect
Dye penetrant testing was completed to ensure the new rotor had no flaws. Courtesy: Sulzer
Mechatronics February 21, 2019

Fast rotor repair also improves efficiency

An Indonesian geothermal power plant opted for a quick rotor repair for their steam turbine, which was reinstalled with immediate improvement on performance.

By Claudia Proeger
Nidec Control Techniques Digitax HD Servo Drive won a 2019 Engineers’ Choice Award in the Motion control – Drives category. The drives support a wide range of industry standard technologies and protocols. Courtesy: Control Techniques
Mechatronics February 17, 2019

Open architecture adds advantages to automation designs

Manufacturers should consider open architectures when designing new automation products for greater flexibility, innovation, and greater competitiveness.

By Mike Wolfe and Alex Harvey
A desktop model is typically used in a facility or lab environment. Courtesy: Yaskawa America Inc.
Mechatronics February 9, 2019

Selecting a scope for a variable frequency drive

Select the right oscilloscope to fit a variable frequency drive (VFD) application. Consider scope types, probes, and options. See eight factors to consider when choosing an oscilloscope.

By Robert Bonczar
Control Engineering 2019 Engineers' Choice Awards
Mechatronics February 4, 2019

2019 Engineers’ Choice Awards

Spotlight on innovation: Best automation, control, and instrumentation products in 26 categories.

By Amanda Pelliccione
Courtesy: Yaskawa
Mechatronics February 1, 2019

Variable speed drive for process applications

The Yaskawa GA800 drive is designed to control traditional and emerging motor technologies through 600 HP and handles simple and precise applications.

By Yaskawa America, Inc.
When conducting a motor analysis, it’s important to measure a number of key factors, starting with motor temperature, power quality, and torque. Courtesy: Fluke Corporation
Mechatronics January 30, 2019

Diagnosing motor health: Start with the basics

Temperature, power quality, and torque all are strong indicators of a motor's health.

By Frank Healy