The latest from TI experts on our innovative industrial systems designs and solutions.
    • May 23, 2017

    Collecting environmental data with less energy and wiring

    Collecting data from the surrounding environment can be beneficial if you want to understand changes in environmental factors caused by building-automation algorithms and gather more sensor data relating to the security of the structure. One problem with adding more sensors to a building is the vast amount of cabling required to power and communicate...
    • May 16, 2017

    Bringing new intelligence to industrial applications with mmWave sensors

    From position and proximity to level and light, sensing solutions provide a means to sense, digitize and process the world around us. Application-specific problems have given rise to a multitude of different sensing technologies that enable systems to sense conditions with different levels of accuracy and in diverse conditions. With the recent rise...
    • May 12, 2017

    What floats your boat? Exploring linear regulators in medical ultrasound

    Let’s say that you are working on an ultrasound system . You require a clean ±100V supply to power the ultrasound transmitter, so you need a linear regulator (LDO). How do you tackle this requirement? You could look for a device from a semiconductor manufacturer, but the chances of getting readily available voltage regulators (both...
    • May 9, 2017

    Achieving higher-accuracy battery fuel-gauge performance in ultra-low-power systems

    Whether designing ultra-low-power portable handheld devices or remote wireless battery-powered sensor nodes, the need to accurately measure, predict and report battery state-of-charge, battery health and remaining device operating time is becoming increasingly important in numerous applications. For example, many Internet of Things (IoT) applications...
    • May 8, 2017

    Smart sensing with ultra-low-power MCUs – part 4: Holter monitor

    In the fourth installment of this six-part smart sensing series , I would like to discuss the operating principle and implementation of the Holter monitor. An electrocardiogram (ECG) graphically records the electrical activity of the heart and recognized biological signals used for clinical diagnosis. An ECG sensor detects small changes in the electrical...
    • May 5, 2017

    Increasing battery life in IoT devices

    Wireless sensors are gaining popularity with the installation of more smart devices in homes and buildings. Battery-powered wireless devices enable very easy installation almost anywhere, but changing batteries frequently is not ideal from an ease-of-use or cost perspective. For example, if you retrofit a commercial building with wireless sensor nodes...
    • Apr 27, 2017

    Smart sensing with ultra-low-power MCUs – part 3: ultrasonic sensing in condition monitoring

    In the third installment of this six-part smart sensing series , I would like to discuss the use of ultrasonic technology in condition monitoring. Condition monitoring is a major component of predictive or proactive maintenance. It is the process of monitoring the operating conditions of a mechanical or electrical system by detecting important changes...
    • Apr 21, 2017

    Industrial Communications: CAN you do IEC 61131-3 PLC programming with BeagleBone?

    Factory automation and control applications used the Controller Area Network (CAN) and CANopen protocols as field buses long before the invention of industrial Ethernet. When used as a communication field bus, these protocols connect the programmable logic controller (PLC) to digital input/outputs (I/Os), motor drives, sensors and actuators. Bosch...
    • Apr 17, 2017

    Moving to the next level of factory automation

    My last post on robotics was all about which types of robots exist and how they are different. To quickly recap: Industrial robots are normally fixed to a position and designed to perform repetitive tasks quickly and with high accuracy. They are controlled by a robot controller placed in the base of, or next to, a robot arm. Collaborative robots...
    • Apr 11, 2017

    Smart sensing with ultra-low-power MCUs – part 2: smart fault indicators

    Now that we’ve discussed smart sensing in relation to glass break detector , in part two of this series, I’ll discuss another type of application: fault indicators. A fault indicator is a device widely used in electric power distribution networks on overhead lines and underground cables to detect and indicate fault conditions. At the bottom...