This article provides an introduction to FEM/FEA and how it can be used in control systems and broader applications.
December 22, 2020 by Sara McCaslin
Electrical resistance can be intentionally extremely high to insulate and stop current between conductors. Learn about measuring insulation using a mega-ohmmeter.
October 15, 2020 by David Peterson
This article explores what tools can be used to predict and prevent costly mechanical breakdown events occurring from heat, vibration, or humidity.
October 13, 2020 by David Peterson
Learn about site acceptance tests (SATs), how they differ from and complement factory acceptance tests, and what the necessary steps entail.
September 17, 2020 by Muhammad Asim Niazi
Learn about factory acceptance tests (FATs), including how the tests are created, where they are performed, and the responsibilities for both the buyer and manufacturer of the equipment.
September 13, 2020 by Muhammad Asim Niazi
Electrical noise is a common problem inside industrial facilities. The following will explain a few simple strategies for reducing this noise.
September 04, 2020 by David Peterson
This article discusses the direct and indirect causes of Root Cause Analysis (RCA) and some effective solutions one can use to properly define RCA.
September 01, 2020 by Muhammad Asim Niazi
Learn how to take advantage of this powerful feature that comes standard in Allen-Bradley PLCs.
August 20, 2020 by Dennis Lynch
In this article, learn the different errors that keep an encoder from working correctly and how to troubleshoot issues using an oscilloscope and other T&M tools.
July 20, 2020 by Anish Devasia
Learn about the electrical characteristics of resolvers and how to properly conduct different troubleshooting tests to ensure they run at their highest performance.
July 14, 2020 by Anish Devasia
This article looks at thermal imaging equipment and discusses the advantages and applications of thermal imaging in a variety of control systems.
June 22, 2020 by Muhammad Asim Niazi
When the power is removed to a circuit, the common measurements of voltage and current prove meaningless. The only remaining option is to use resistance testing to determine which components and conductors are working.
June 09, 2020 by David Peterson
This article will examine and discuss how to measure current with a multimeter, using the standard in-line current measuring method.
May 26, 2020 by David Peterson
Simple voltage measurements from a multimeter are the most frequently used function in these tools. Some of them are more difficult to understand than others, and this is definitely the case when comparing AC to DC voltage.
May 19, 2020 by David Peterson
The simplest and most common measurement to obtain using a multimeter is voltage, in fact, they are often called ‘voltmeters’ for this reason.
May 15, 2020 by David Peterson
Most every engineer knows that there is no replacement for having the correct tool. This is especially important in testing and repair when every subtle characteristic of the tool may influence the readings.
May 12, 2020 by David Peterson
Recognizing the value of a multimeter is a great first step. It’s important to know why a meter may help to save time during design and troubleshooting, and therefore save money.
May 11, 2020 by David Peterson
The voltmeter, or more often the multimeter, is an incredible tool, capable of troubleshooting nearly every electrical system and fault in existence.
May 08, 2020 by David Peterson
Advanced automation and IoT devices can detect vibration, but even complex systems can miss a variable and cause chaos.
January 25, 2020 by Jeff Kerns
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