LCD Displays for Electric Vehicle Chargers

This article discusses the challenges of designing electric vehicle charger displays and how to specify an effective LCD solution. With the steady increase in electric vehicle (EV) use, there comes a demand for effective LCD screen solutions for EV chargers. Several issues can arise when choosing a screen, such as weather conditions, water and dust … Read more

An Introduction To Flow Batteries

Lithium-ion batteries get all the headlines, but flow batteries are a viable option, particularly for large-scale grid storage. Lithium-ion batteries have become the energy storage device of choice for cell phones, laptop computers, personal handheld devices, and electric vehicles (EVs). The high energy density of a lithium-ion cell helps it store large amounts of energy … Read more

Introduction to Double Date Rate (DDR) Memory

Learn about double date rate (DDR) memory key concepts and applications surrounding this digital communication technique, where two data words are transferred during one clock cycle. Serial data transfer has important advantages over parallel data transfer, and in many systems, these advantages are significant enough to justify adding circuitry that serializes and deserializes parallel data … Read more

RF Design Basics: VSWR, Return Loss, and Mismatch Loss

Learn about voltage standing wave ratio (VSWR), return loss, and mismatch loss, which helps characterize the wave reflections in a radio frequency (RF) design. Electrical waves reflect when they encounter a change in the impedance of the medium they are traveling in. These reflections are very undesirable when we aim to transfer power from one … Read more

Understanding Power Quality, Monitoring, and Correction  

Power quality is an increasing concern for manufacturers all over the world as electrical equipment becomes more advanced and therefore sensitive to discrepancies in the supplied power. When we think about the quality of incoming electrical power, it can be easy to think that all incoming power is the same and fits within a certain … Read more

Introduction to Single Pair Ethernet (SPE)

Industrial Ethernet is getting a facelift, but will the industry adopt this new change? Single Pair Ethernet (SPE) offers gigabit speeds with a reduced footprint. When is it used, and where? Industrial network topology has seen many transitions over the years. It all started with serial communication using a single pair of wires transmitting string … Read more

Introduction to Modbus and Modbus Function Codes

Modbus is one of the oldest industrial communication protocols still in use today. Continue reading to find out how the protocol works and how to use it for monitoring and control. What is Modbus? When industrial electronic devices communicate with each other, they need to use a common communication protocol such as Ethernet/IP, ProfiNet, or … Read more

Basic Concepts of Pneumatically Powered Air Motors

Air motors are common in process industries, mainly used in hazardous areas. This article introduces the features and working principles of air motors and the differences between air and electrical motors. Air motors, also known as pneumatic motors, use compressed air to create rotational movement, which can be used for various purposes in place of … Read more

5 Solutions to the Manufacturing Communication Problem

Successful manufacturing businesses depend on effective communication. The factory floor is their heart: Their achievements get forged here. Many factors underpin strong performance in a manufacturing setting. For example, we could point to optimized workflows, equipment suitability and maintenance and supply-chain management. Effective communication is a golden thread enabling and linking all these other areas. … Read more