The latest from TI experts on our innovative industrial systems designs and solutions.
    • Jun 6, 2018

    Connectivity helps integrate intelligent motor control on a single MCU

    Modern power and garden tools, vacuum cleaners and other end equipment are getting smarter with wireless connectivity. Wireless connectivity offers features such as authentication, tracking, intelligent inventory management, immediate fault reporting, and status about battery condition and total operating duration. Wireless connectivity also enables...
    • May 31, 2018

    Light that freezes motion – insight into a LED lighting control design for machine vision

    Photographers will always have the artistic license to claim that motion blur was their intention. But machine vision use cases such as imaging-based automatic inspection, quality control and code reading in factory automation and logistics require ultimate sharpness of any acquired images. Machine vision – not a task for still life photographers...
    • May 24, 2018

    Diagnostic software helps meet safety requirements in MCU designs

    C2000™ microcontrollers (MCUs) come with a variety of collaterals that can help you develop functionally safe systems that can comply with a wide range of standards for end products in automotive, appliance and industrial applications. Examples include electric vehicle onboard chargers, gas furnaces and industrial servo motor drives. The new...
    • May 22, 2018

    Qualification on a Noisy Input Signal

    In my last post , I talked about how to interpret a CW/CCW pulse train output (PTO) for motor control on C2000™ Piccolo™ F28004x devices. In this post, I will discuss a situation in which you must deal with noisy signal interference on an input signal. A wide variety of mechanisms can introduce noise into a system. For example, if your...
    • May 17, 2018

    Predicting motor failures with vibration analysis, Part 2

    Motors and pumps are key infrastructure components in both factories and buildings and must be maintained in proper working condition in order to perform their tasks. These tasks may range from moving objects on an automation line to transporting coo...
    • May 8, 2018

    Interpreting CW/CCW Pulse Train Output (PTO) Signals

    In my previous post , I discussed power protection with the comparator subsystems (CMPSS) and crossbars (X-BARs). Now, let’s step back and examine another common design situation in the industrial automation space: interpreting a pulse train output (PTO) for motor control . If your system contains programmable logic controllers (PLCs) or input...
    • May 3, 2018

    Create an intelligent building system: Use mmWave to count and track people

    How amazing would it be if the buildings were smart – I mean truly smart? Imagine if a commercial building could tell you where people are located, where they are going, and whether or not they are safe. This could revolutionize building systems. Video cameras could turn on and record only when needed; lighting and heating, ventilation and air...
    • Apr 26, 2018

    The pulse of the city: Get smarter detection and tracking for intelligent transportation systems with mmWave sensors

    Just as we leverage sensing technologies to measure individual’s breathing and heart rates , cities can actually benefit from the same technology. One of the key aspects of a smart city is a sensor-equipped intelligent transportation system that monitors the city’s “health” – tracking traffic data and parking meters for...
    • Apr 24, 2018

    A new approach to system protection for industrial motor drives

    You’re an industrial drive systems designer tasked with figuring out an approach to power protection for your system’s motor. Whatever solution you decide on must account for over-voltage, under-voltage and over-current conditions in the event of abnormalities in your system. If you cannot properly design for these conditions, the system’s...
    • Apr 19, 2018

    Predicting failures with condition monitoring, Part 1

    Many motors and pumps are critical in factory production; a functional failure might cause a complete line stop. To avoid this, there are usually extensive preventive maintenance plans in place that require work at regular intervals. These plans are ...