The latest from TI experts on our innovative industrial systems designs and solutions.
    • Dec 6, 2016

    RS-485 basics: two ways to fail-safe bias your network

    In the last installment of this series , I discussed when you need terminations in an RS-485 network and how to implement both standard and AC termination schemes. In this installment, I will explore two common ways to handle idle bus conditions so that there is a guaranteed logical state on the bus. Because RS-485 is a multipoint topology network...
    • Dec 5, 2016

    Industrial innovation on display at SPS IPC Drives

    German design engineers often associate November with electronica (even though it's an every other year event), but the "other big industrial conference" designers anticipate is the SPS IPC Drives show in Nürnberg. TI recently showed off several innovative technologies to thousands of attendees, including eye-catcher demos such as...
    • Nov 21, 2016

    New simple open real-time Ethernet (SORTE) protocol supports 4µs cycle time

    When we talk about industrial or real-time Ethernet, we often refer to industrial Ethernet standards like EtherCAT, PROFINET, Ethernet/IP, Sercos III and Ethernet PowerLink. I have written about them in my Industrial Ethernet blog series on the Industrial Strength blog. These industrial Ethernet standards support a minimum cycle time in the tens...
    • Nov 17, 2016

    How termination can improve EMC performance in a CAN transceiver

    Welcome to the fifth post in this series about the controller area network (CAN) . In my last post, I focused on why termination is important with CAN . In this post, I’ll build off the previous termination topic and talk about how split-mode terminations can improve the electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) performance of a CAN installation for...
    • Nov 14, 2016

    Predictive maintenance solutions for HVAC filter replacement – part 1

    As the wheels of technology continue to roll forward, advances in the HVAC industry are shifting away from historically mechanical improvements and innovations to more electronic-based advances. One of the emerging technologies found in systems today is focused on predictive maintenance for maximizing energy efficiency. One of the easiest ways to...
    • Nov 8, 2016

    Rise of the industrial robots. Overcoming the challenges of safe robot-human-interaction in factory automation

    “I’ll be back.” That’s probably the most famous sentence ever uttered by a robot. At the same time, it’s probably also not the best promotion for robotics as the Terminator does everything but act like a friendly human. Luckily, “The Terminator” is just science fiction, and Arnie even saves mankind in the...
    • Nov 7, 2016

    What’s next for Industry 4.0? The best new technologies shaping the future of smart factories

    Co-authored by Miro Adzan and Thomas Leyrer Today’s end-equipment markets demand shorter product life cycles, more individually configured products and fast adaptation to quickly changing consumer interests. On the manufacturing floor, key parameters include lower resource utilization, especially less power, faster manufacturing and lower production...
    • Nov 2, 2016

    How to read motor velocity using the quadrature emulation interface

    What is quadrature encoder emulation? As the name suggests, it emulates the output of a quadrature encoder. Motor-position sensors (such as a resolver) that support the quadrature emulation interface may work in an application using encoders, assuming that the system accuracy is within the specifications. Industrial applications such as factory automation...
    • Nov 1, 2016

    Trends in building automation: predictive maintenance

    Have you ever wondered where manufacturers get those nice rounded-off numbers for maintenance timelines? Who decided that every 5,000 miles was the best time to change your vehicle’s oil? The truth is, in some cases, it isn’t. With technology advancing by leaps and bounds, there has been a major focus on implementing a method of proactive...
    • Oct 27, 2016

    Cutting the last wire to unleash Industry 4.0

    Giovanni Campanella and Matthieu Chevrier co-authored this post. To unleash the full potential of Industry 4.0, factories and plants will need to be covered by sensors. The sheer number of sensors would make wired installations prohibitive, so wireless technologies like wirelessHART and the upcoming Bluetooth ® low energy mesh are immediate...