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    • Oct 9, 2020

    Optimizing for protection and precision in servo drive control modules with multiplexers

    When designing reliable servo drive control modules , both precision and protection are critical for ensuring reliable operation. Underestimating the importance of these features in the design process could lead to incorrect readings or damages to the analog-to-digital converter (ADC) or microcontroller, thus lowering system efficiency or leading to...
    • Aug 24, 2020

    How to affordably add EtherNet/IP, EtherCAT and PROFINET to an autonomous factory

    Remember when science fiction movies would have a scene showing a fully automated factory managed by artificial intelligence? Such factories exist now! An autonomous factory relies on real-time communication between individual components such as motion controllers and robots, and this communication must happen in real time. For example, one delayed...
    • Aug 19, 2020

    Demystifying medical alarm designs, part 1: IEC60601-1-8 standard requirements

    Sanjay Pithadia co-authored this technical article. If you have ever heard the not-so-melodic alarm of a patient monitor in an intensive care unit (ICU) or even on a TV show or movie set in a hospital, you might remember that these alarms have particular patterns. These specific patterns help a caregiver distinguish between critical and non-critical...
    • Aug 3, 2020

    Selecting the right processor for your data concentrator design

    A trend in the rapid growth of smart grids is enabling more intelligent functions in residential equipment, such as smart electricity meters and data concentrators. A smart grid requires a multi - communication approach to analyze grid status, detect problems and report issues. A data concentrator acts as an aggregator of endpoint consumption data...
    • Jul 29, 2020

    Enabling IIoT to reach beyond the factory floor

    Internet of Things (IoT) and industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) have become synonymous with connected factories and making traditional factories smarter in order to reap the benefits of greater efficiency. Today, it’s becoming more common for factory equipment to monitor and control collocated equipment such as chemical storage tanks, pumping...
    • Jul 27, 2020

    Overcoming common design challenges in an UV sterilization box system

    An ultraviolet (UV) sterilization box is designed to use UV rays to kill bacteria. UV LEDs can produce UV rays of 260 nm to 280 nm, which can break the bacteria DNA/RNA strand and kill bacteria completely, with a sterilization rate as high as 99%. LED ultraviolet sterilization technology, first used by astronauts to disinfect water on space missions...
    • Jul 21, 2020

    Building high-performance flow transmitters using the PWM technique

    Sensors measure the processes in factory environments to control the conditions in the overall system through the programmable logic controller (PLC). Typical measurements are temperature, pressure, flow and level. There are different techniques that can be used when designing with flow transmitters but here we look at the PWM technique. In this application...
    • Jul 15, 2020

    A history of industrial Ethernet protocols and their benefits

    Every industrial Ethernet protocol has a unique history and differing benefits for industrial applications. In this article, I’ll provide a brief overview and key benefits for three key protocols: EtherCAT, Profinet and multiprotocols. Industrial Ethernet Industrial Ethernet is used for factory automation, building automation and many other...
    • Jul 1, 2020

    Designing smart, energy-efficient air conditioning using TI mmWave occupancy sensors

    More than ever, as people in both developed and developing countries rely on air conditioners (ACs) for a comfortable living space, there’s been a rapid increase in energy consumption. According to “ The Future of Cooling ,” a report from the International Energy Association, ACs account for 10% of the total energy consumed today...
    • Jul 1, 2020

    Accelerate your electric mask design

    Wearing an electric mask, also known as an E-mask or digital mask, can increase your comfort level compared to disposable or N95 masks. An electric mask is similar to a central ventilation system: a fan inside the mask allows users to inhale the outside air, which enters the mask after being filtered through a filter element. This design helps combat...