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View Resource Uniaxial Electric Actuator

This site includes a cut-away animation of how a uniaxial electric actuator operates. Objective: Describe how the uniaxial electric actuator works. You can find this animation under the heading "Automation Technology."

View Resource Voice Recognition

This article explains how speech recognition works. Today, when we call most large companies, a person doesn't usually answer the phone. Instead, an automated voice recording answers and instructs you to press buttons to move through option menus. Many companies have moved beyond requiring you to press buttons, though. Often you can just speak certain words (again, as instructed by a recording)...

View Resource Incremental Optical Encoders

Terry L.M. Bartelt of the Wisconsin Online Resource Center provides this interactive study of the operation and characteristics of an incremental optical encoder used in automated manufacturing applications. A brief quiz completes the activity.

View Resource Slides: Industry Expectations for Our Graduates

These are the slides for the webinar was recorded 10/24/08. It is no surprise that jobs are rapidly changing. But how does a program know about the changes, keep pace with the changes, and respond to them? Our invited panel will discuss the changing engineer technician relationships and the match to current and future desired skills. We will consider what should be in a student's individual...

View Resource Introduction to Control Systems

In this lesson from Math Machines, students will learn how automated systems transform input data into output actions. The class will program a graphing calculator, collect input data and observe output actions. Students will be led through the process step by step via the provided handout. A participant handout (including worksheets) and facilitator notes are made available for download in...

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