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Mobility February 1, 2000

Add Up Your Software Project’s IQ (Implementation Quotient)

Complete this test to determine if you're an idiot to continue, or should start declaring success now.

By Dick Kuiper, Expert Buying Systems Inc.
Mobility January 1, 2000

Best Power releases new double-conversion, three-phase UPS

Necedah, Wis.- Best Power recently introduced its Axxium TriStar, a new double-conversion, three-phase uninterruptible power system (10-40 kVA), designed to protect factory automation systems, midrange computers, and other equipment and systems. Called the industry leading UPS for energy efficiency and power factor correction, it also has ‘premium communication options, compact footprint, and easy mobility,’ the company says. The modified input circuit reduces total input current harmonic distortion to less than 15%, saving the additional costs of harmonic filters and floor space. The advantage for the user is an operating efficiency as high as 94%, with an input power factor that can exceed 0.98.

By Control Engineering Staff
Mobility September 1, 1999

Dial up data acquisition

Cleveland, O.— LogBook/360 is a high-speed, portable, PC-based data acquisition system designed to be a self-contained measurement solution. It has three internal slots for signal conditioning cards. Optional modem support provides freedom to operate in remote and mobile applications. The 16-bit, 100-kHz system offers 16 single-ended or eight differential analog input channels, 24 genera...

By Staff
Mobility June 1, 1999

Rugged handheld PC

Clearwater, Fla.—Husky's fex21 is targeted at mobile users who need reliability, flexibility, and wireless communications. Military standard protection minimizes risks associated with weather (rain, snow, and extreme temperature variation), mobility (collision, vibration, electrostatic charge), and accident (drops and spillage).

By Staff
Mobility March 1, 1999

Single-chip disk combines flash memory, controller

M-Systems recently launched a tiny single-chip flash disk, MD2200, that combines a controller and high-density flash memory in a single-die, 32-pin DIP package. MD2200 is the first model in M-Systems' DiskOnChip Millennium series. With 8 MB (64 Mbit) performance, an EDC/ECC controller, a small footprint, and low-power consumption, MD2200 can be used in Internet acc...

By Staff
Mobility February 1, 1999

How to Deliver Liquids and Gases Accurately

In the industrial world, the term custody transfer does not refer to what happened to Dustin Hoffman's "screen" son in the Academy Award winning film "Kramer vs. Kramer." Instead, it describes a method for keeping track of quantities of fluids—liquids, gases, slurries—as they are moved between two locations.

By Dick Johnson, CONTROL ENGINEERING
Mobility January 1, 1999

Countdown to Year 2000

Depending on your point of view, year 2000 brings images of computer-based chaos, futuristic societies, benevolent advancement of humanity, or the apocalypse.More than likely, despite a few computer-related glitches, year 2000 provides a launching pad for the potential of human imagination. Much of Control Engineering coverage in the past few years has focused on issues critical to auto...

By Mark T. Hoske, CONTROL ENGINEERING
Mobility November 1, 1998

The flowchart is the program

Right now in my top desk drawer along with pencils, staples, and a big bottle of antacid tablets is a large green plastic rectangle with outlines of various shapes cut from it. Protecting it is the original paper envelope which explains the meaning of those oddly shaped cutouts. Block letters proclaim: "IBM Flowchart Template.

By Jay R. Jeffreys, Contributing Editor
Mobility July 1, 1998

Copper’s Not the Only Way to Network

You have to install a new manufacturing data network. Before you call for a truck-load of twisted-pair copper wire, better check out all the applications. There may be areas where copper won't work.There are other choices. Fiber-optic technology is not new, but is becoming easier to use. Radio frequency is moving from warehouse data collection to sensors and networking.

By Gary A. Mintchell, Control Engineering
Mobility January 1, 1970

Control Engineering Highlights the 40 Best Products of 2000

Control Engineering editors— in the 14th annual process—highlighted the best products of the year, based on technological advancement, impact on the market, and service to industry.Editors selected from among thousands of products mentioned in Control Engineering and Control Engineering Online during year 2000, in nine product categories: Control components; Human-machine interface...

By Antonia E. McBride, and Control Engineering Staff