Learning Resources http://machinedesign.com/taxonomy/term/8198/more en Engineering Lessons From The Dark Side http://machinedesign.com/manufacturing-equipment/engineering-lessons-dark-side <div class="field-deck"> Sponsored by Arena Solutions </div> <div class="node-body article-body">If you’re an engineer or Star Wars historian, you probably have questioned the design decisions that doomed the Death Star, wondered how the Dark Side expedited FDA approval for Darth Vader’s suit, and contemplated the supply chain tools the Rebel Alliance’s manufacturing partners used to design products ranging from X-Wing Fighters to Light Sabers. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/manufacturing-equipment/engineering-lessons-dark-side" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/manufacturing-equipment/engineering-lessons-dark-side#comments Manufacturing Equipment eBooks Fri, 22 May 2015 15:14:00 +0000 48951 at http://machinedesign.com Sprockets 101 http://machinedesign.com/mechanical-drives/sprockets-101 <div class="field-deck"> Sponsored by Martin Sprocket </div> <div class="node-body article-body">What are sprockets and where are they used? What should I look for when specifying a sprocket? How do I get the right...</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/mechanical-drives/sprockets-101" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/mechanical-drives/sprockets-101#comments Design FAQs Mechanical Drives Motion Control Thu, 21 May 2015 20:15:00 +0000 48941 at http://machinedesign.com The Connected Machine: Defining ‘The Internet of Things’ for industrial automation http://machinedesign.com/white-papers/connected-machine-defining-internet-things-industrial-automation <div class="field-deck"> Sponsored by B&R Automation </div> <div class="node-body article-body">In the consumer Internet of Things, the phone company now lets you turn your home’s lights on and off from your mobile device, change the thermostat, and</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/white-papers/connected-machine-defining-internet-things-industrial-automation" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/white-papers/connected-machine-defining-internet-things-industrial-automation#comments White Papers Wed, 20 May 2015 13:50:00 +0000 40581 at http://machinedesign.com Heavy Duty Shaft Coupling Strategies http://machinedesign.com/cables-connectors-enclosures/heavy-duty-shaft-coupling-strategies <div class="field-deck"> Sponsored by Ringfeder </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Heavy-duty shaft couplings have traditionally had a couple of defining design characteristics. For one, these couplings usually rely on...</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/cables-connectors-enclosures/heavy-duty-shaft-coupling-strategies" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/cables-connectors-enclosures/heavy-duty-shaft-coupling-strategies#comments Cables, Connectors, Enclosures White Papers Tue, 19 May 2015 18:54:00 +0000 48871 at http://machinedesign.com B&R’s modular application (mapp) Technology sets the bar high for automation programming http://machinedesign.com/controllers/br-s-modular-application-mapp-technology-sets-bar-high-automation-programming <div class="field-deck"> Sponsored by B&R Automation </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Not much has really changed about the software running industrial machinery over the past two decades. In the same time, there’s been a revolution in computer science, along with a corresponding rise in computer science graduates. But in the factories and distribution centers that use computers known as programmable logic (PLC) or automation controllers (PAC), it’s been largely status quo. The same can even be said for industrial robots, the icons of automation.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/controllers/br-s-modular-application-mapp-technology-sets-bar-high-automation-programming" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/controllers/br-s-modular-application-mapp-technology-sets-bar-high-automation-programming#comments White Papers Controllers Tue, 19 May 2015 18:02:00 +0000 48931 at http://machinedesign.com Networked safety: why it will pay you big to start small http://machinedesign.com/cables-connectors-enclosures/networked-safety-why-it-will-pay-you-big-start-small <div class="field-deck"> Sponsored by B&R Automation </div> <div class="node-body article-body">The vision of networked safety has largely centered on networking safety of functions across integrated systems, cells and lines. The reality is that machine builders are typically not responsible for safety beyond their own machines. For them, even a hardwired safety PLC is often considered cost prohibitive for a feature not required by the customer.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/cables-connectors-enclosures/networked-safety-why-it-will-pay-you-big-start-small" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/cables-connectors-enclosures/networked-safety-why-it-will-pay-you-big-start-small#comments Cables, Connectors, Enclosures White Papers Tue, 19 May 2015 17:57:00 +0000 48921 at http://machinedesign.com Variable Wattage Control Systems for Electric Heaters http://machinedesign.com/controllers/variable-wattage-control-systems-electric-heaters <div class="field-deck"> Sponsored by Watlow </div> <div class="node-body article-body">What is a variable wattage control system for electric heaters? What are the advantages of these types of control systems?</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/controllers/variable-wattage-control-systems-electric-heaters" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/controllers/variable-wattage-control-systems-electric-heaters#comments Design FAQs Controllers Tue, 19 May 2015 16:14:00 +0000 48811 at http://machinedesign.com Applying DC Motors in Linear Motion Applications http://machinedesign.com/motorsdrives/applying-dc-motors-linear-motion-applications <div class="field-deck"> Sponsored by Ametek/Pittman </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p><img alt="" src="/site-files/machinedesign.com/files/uploads/2015/05/Hayd-PITT-logos-150.gif" style="width: 150px; height: 84px; float: right;" />This paper describes the how to properly apply a DC motor (Stepper, Brushed or Brushless) in motion applications.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/motorsdrives/applying-dc-motors-linear-motion-applications" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/motorsdrives/applying-dc-motors-linear-motion-applications#comments White Papers Motors/Drives Mon, 18 May 2015 15:34:00 +0000 48861 at http://machinedesign.com Incremental Encoder Signals http://machinedesign.com/motion-control/incremental-encoder-signals <div class="field-deck"> Sponsored by Ametek/Pittman </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Understanding incremental encoder signal options and their use will help insure critical position accuracy in motion control applications. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/motion-control/incremental-encoder-signals" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/motion-control/incremental-encoder-signals#comments White Papers Motion Control Mon, 18 May 2015 15:29:00 +0000 48851 at http://machinedesign.com Comparing Efficiency and Capabilities of Hybrid Stepper Motor Actuators to Can Stack Stepper Motor Actuators http://machinedesign.com/motorsdrives/comparing-efficiency-and-capabilities-hybrid-stepper-motor-actuators-can-stack-stepper- <div class="field-deck"> Sponsored by Ametek/Haydon Kerk </div> <div class="node-body article-body">This paper explains the differences between Can Stack and Hybrid motor based linear motion actuators.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/motorsdrives/comparing-efficiency-and-capabilities-hybrid-stepper-motor-actuators-can-stack-stepper-" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/motorsdrives/comparing-efficiency-and-capabilities-hybrid-stepper-motor-actuators-can-stack-stepper-#comments White Papers Motors/Drives Mon, 18 May 2015 15:23:00 +0000 48841 at http://machinedesign.com