Frances Richards

Eye on Size and Weight
When designing for space and weight critical applications, it’s a small world after all
Productivity Forum: Cables, carriers, and connectors
The cable guys — cables, carriers, and connectors — transport the lifeblood of automation, getting critical information where it needs to be during essential factory floor operations. Here's what the experts are saying about the here, the now, and the future of these vital components
Zeroing in on Precision and Accuracy
Understanding the main sources of position errors and having an arsenal of devices to fight against them is the best defense against sloppy motion control
Design by Objective: Maximizing efficiency
Doing more with less, and doing it smarter, are keys to efficiency
The basics of system engineering: What system engineering is and what it does
Imagine an early 20th century engineer waking up in the year 2001 to find himself directing a team of automotive designers. From jet fighters to minivans, system engineering is reshaping our world. It’s also rewriting the definition of many machine components, transforming them to get the most out of design and manufacturing. You can't beat the system ... system engineering.
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