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    • 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...
    • Jun 22, 2020

    Stay ahead of the energy storage and solar game with bidirectional PFC and hybrid inverter solutions

    Now coming out of its infancy, the residential energy storage market is on the brink of explosive growth. In the U.S. alone, this market has had 232% year-on-year growth since the first quarter of 2018, with behind-the-meter storage making up 46% of deployments in the first quarter of 2019. Today, the residential energy storage sector is comparatively...
    • Jun 12, 2020

    How RS-485 transceivers with OOK modulation simplify power line communication in building automation systems

    As I write this article, the Texas summer is in full swing, with temperatures reaching 95°F (32°C). I feel quite comfortable, however, thanks to my air conditioner. Sometimes it seems like a modern miracle; a simple push of a button on the thermostat and the room quickly and quietly takes on a more temperate climate. All the while, my outdoor...
    • May 28, 2020

    Benefits of using Sub-1 GHz connectivity for grid asset monitoring, protection and control

    Harsh Misra and Sreenivasa Kallikuppa co-authored this blog post. The evolution of the power grid necessitates the addition of wireless connectivity to existing wired connectivity for asset monitoring and control. The primary contributing factors for adding wireless connectivity include: Adoption of decentralized microgrid model with distributed...