Design Center: Motor Drives, Robotics & Controls

May 2020
Ohio Announces Results of Hyperloop Feasibility Study
The Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC) has released the results of their Midwest Connect study, exploring a hyperloop connection between Columbus, Chicago, and Pittsburgh. The study found that the route would create $300 billion in overall economic benefits and reduce CO2 emission by 4 million tons. 
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05/29/2020

Liquid Pumps Provide Durable Hydraulic Power Source
High Pressure Equipment Company (HiP), a subsidiary of Graco Inc., introduces its T-Series pneumatically operated liquid pumps, engineered to provide an extremely safe, reliable and durable hydraulic power source for applications up to 68,000 psi (4,688 bar). Combining HiP's high pressure expertise with Gra
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05/29/2020
Current-Sensing Chip Resistor Offers Power Rating up to 5W
Applications requiring power control and monitoring are becoming more demanding. Specifically, added functionality and higher power requirements require higher efficiency, high accuracy, and higher power handling. Products that only required a 1 or 2W current sense resistor in the past may now desire a 3, 4, or
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05/26/2020
A Soft Touch for Robotic Hardware

A soft tube expands and contracts to create movement.

Robots can be made from soft materials, but the flexibility of such robots is limited by the inclusion of rigid sensors necessary for their control. Researchers created embedded sensors, to replace rigid sensors, that offer the same functionality but afford the robot greater flexibility. Soft robots can be more ad
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05/15/2020
Alliance Provides UAS Inspection Services for Texas
Texas Electric Cooperatives, Inc. (TEC) and Exelon Clearsight, LLC (Exelon Clearsight) announced they have formed a partnership to bring advanced UAS (drone), robot, and software enabled inspections to utilities in Texas. Under the agreement, TEC will have exclusive rights to sell Exelon Clearsight's services to
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05/12/2020
Could Hotel Robots Help Hospitality Industry After COVID-19?
Lead author Dr Tracy Xu, Lecturer in Hospitality at The University of Surrey's world-renowned School of Hospitality and Tourism Management, has had her paper published in the International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management. The research behind the paper involved speaking to 19 hotel HR experts to i
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05/06/2020
6-Axis IMU with Industry-Leading Motion Sensor Performance
TDK Corporation announces the availability of the InvenSense ICM-42688-P high-performance motion sensor, a 6-axis MEMS MotionTracking device that combines a 3-axis gyroscope and a 3-axis accelerometer in a 2.5mm x 3mm x 0.9mm package. The device enables high-precision motion sensing applications such as robotics, we
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05/05/2020
Thermoelectric Coolers Help Machine Vision Systems Look Good
Machine vision technology has traditionally been used for vision inspection, quality control, robotics, wire bonding and down-hole applications where machine vision systems obtain data from analyzing images of a specific process or activity. Leveraging advanced hardware and software systems, machine vision technology al
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05/04/2020
Monolithic 65 V, 8 A Step-Down Regulators with Fast Transient Response

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Figure 1. 12 V, 8 A application using LT8645S at 400 kHz

The LT8645S and LT8646S are 65 V synchronous step-down monolithic regulators capable of supporting 8 A outputs. Their Silent Switcher 2 architecture enables exceptional EMI performance regardless of layout. The LT8646S features RC external compensation to optimize transient responses. Wide In
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05/03/2020
Solar Inverter Design

Figure 1: Replacing a SJ with a SiC MOSFET, switching loss decreases significantly

Due to the ever-increasing demand for a clean and renewable source of energy, installing solar systems has accelerated significantly in the last decade. Contemporary solar applications require very highly efficient, power-dense and lightweight grid-tied inverters. Traditionally, IGBT has been the device of
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05/03/2020