Month: October 2014

  • Not ‘Industrie 4.0’, Work 7.0 (Intro)

    It sounds impressive, was started by a bunch of doctors of philosophy, and it’s imported from Europe. Industrie 4.0, is very fancy and all the rage around in the press that covers the world of industrial automation. Personally, I think it’s just a giant marketing campaign to stimulate sales of automation control systems. Alleging itself […]

  • Manufacturing in the 21st Century

    Manufacturing is still the largest sector in the US Economy, notwithstanding the disrespect shown by some politicians who ought to know better. Manufacturing accounts for 20% of all economic activity, about $5.8 Trillion dollars. That’s big. Even bigger is the change in manufacturing that is currently taking place. There are several major trends occurring the […]

  • Alternative Energy and Storage

    The alternative energy industries have been struggling to define how solar and wind power sources can become reliable sources of power in the context of the mainstream utility grid. Hopefully everyone knows that solar and wind are energy sources that are only present when there is daylight and wind. Kind of obvious, but the practical […]

  • What’s wrong with wind power?

    There are great expectations of wind power. Ai??Untold taxpayer money has been spent through Federal subsidy programs. Ai??The technology has been touted as a major element of the energy supply system in the US and many parts of the world. Ai??Wind power has some serious problems to overcome if it is to be everything it […]