The latest from TI experts on our innovative industrial systems designs and solutions.
    • Nov 20, 2017

    Use Ultrasonic sensing for graceful robots

    We’re not far from the day when robots perform many of the tasks done by humans today. We already have robotic vacuums cleaning our homes and robotic mowers cutting the grass in our yards. On factory floors, robots are building many of the products we use, from toothbrushes to cars. Robots are serving food in China and Japan, while drones are...
    • Nov 17, 2017

    Industrial radar sensors need 77GHz

    Although specialized applications (primarily within the military) have used radar technology for sensing for nearly a century, simplification and size reductions through integration and higher operating frequencies have expanded the use of radar sensing to include automotive and industrial applications. In the past, radar technology was reserved for...
    • Nov 15, 2017

    Real-time control meets real-time industrial communications development – part one

    In my previous blog post, “ EtherCAT and C2000™ MCUs – real-time communications meets real-time control ,” I discussed a design in the TI Designs reference design library to help ease hardware development of International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) 61158-compliant EtherCAT slave nodes based on TI C2000 real-time control...
    • Nov 13, 2017

    How to choose a TVS diode for RS-232, RS-485 and CAN based on voltage ratings

    In many industrial and automotive applications, protecting the interface transceivers from all kinds of electrical overstress events is a major concern. Transient voltage suppressor (TVS) diodes are common devices for this purpose, since they can clamp the voltage spikes by generating a low-impedance current path. The electrical characteristics of...
    • Nov 9, 2017

    How to boost efficiency in your industrial AC/DC power supply

    Industrial power supplies are robust, highly efficient and designed to operate under a wide temperature range. Often they work without any forced cooling, which translates into the use of high-efficiency AC/DC (power factor correction [PFC]) and isolated DC/DC power stages in the system. Other key features in an industrial power supply are its ability...
    • Oct 30, 2017

    Gain top-notch efficiency for your desktop PSU

    A desktop power-supply unit (PSU) usually consists of a front-end power factor correction (PFC) stage and an isolated DC/DC stage. In the 80+ Platinum, 93% Efficiency, Super Transient 450W AC/DC Reference Design with Single-Layer PCB , the circuit consists of a continuous-conduction-mode PFC stage (the UCC28180 PFC controller) and a half-bridge resonant...
    • Oct 20, 2017

    Never lose your luggage again with a smart tracker design

    Many of you may have experienced lost luggage when traveling by plane. Statistics say that more than six pieces of luggage out of every 1,000 shipped do not reach their correct destination airport. That’s 60,000 pieces of lost luggage a day, or 23 million pieces a year. Container logistics have a similar record with an even greater financial...
    • Oct 18, 2017

    How energy harvesting can extend the life of your fault indicator on the grid

    Fault indicators are extensively used in grid infrastructure for monitoring overhead and underground transmission lines. These indicators monitor the current flowing in each phase and send commands to circuit breakers upstream to trip when they detect the passage of faulty currents. While some fault indicators flash light-emitting diodes (LEDs) to...
    • Sep 26, 2017

    Using ultrasonic technology for flow measurement

    Ultrasonic technology has been in use for over a hundred years in several civil, medical and military applications. Almost everyone in the developed world has experienced medical ultrasonic technology (even before birth!); however, most recent advancements and use cases have been in automation for industrial and automotive markets. It’s amazing...
    • Sep 21, 2017

    Predicting maintenance needs with wireless motor monitors

    Many places, including factories, office buildings and large stores, require the operation of industrial motors to control ventilation and operate escalators, elevators and other machinery. These motors require periodic maintenance that can often prove expensive, while also causing downtime that can interrupt and delay important tasks. Monitoring motors...