Technicians often encounter values expressed in binary, octal, or even the hexadecimal number systems. In our fifth installment of The Practicing Technician’s Series, today’s discussion focuses on characteristics that are common to all of these number systems.Read More
With a swelling global population and industrialization on the rise, our species’ voracious appetite for energy has reached unprecedented levels. In fact, it’s been estimated that since commercial oil drilling began in the 1850s, we have drained more than 135 billion tonnes of crude oil to fuel our home and industries. Not only are fossil fuels detrimental to the environment, they’re also quickly depleting.
How can humanity sustain itself?Read More
In our second installment of the series we take a look at Nodal Analysis for technicians. Nodal analysis is a means of determining the voltage present at a node of interest with respect to a specified reference point. Many technicians have difficulties creating valid Ohm’s Law representations for the KCL (Kirchhoff’s Current Law) node equations when trying to perform this type of circuit analysis.Read More
Today’s discussion focuses on Euler’s number and the utility of the related natural logarithm or “ln” function as they pertain to technician level circuit analysis. Once we have discussed the nature of Euler’s number and the related base “e” natural log function, we will move on to take a look at an example of their practical application for technicians when performing circuit analysis tasks.
What is Euler’s Number ?Read More
Of all of the technologies that have emerged over the last couple of decades, one of the coolest and most useful would have to be 3D manufacturing. Also known as 3D Printing, this new way of creating three dimensional objects has taken many industries by storm. It’s become a cost effective way of producing 3D models in any manufacturing plant, office or bedroom.Read More
Over the next decade, around 3.5 million US manufacturing jobs will need to be filled, as many skilled workers from the baby boomer generation plan to retire in the next few years. The industry’s workforce is aging at a faster than normal rate—and what’s more, the skills required to do their jobs will be substantially different than the skills currently prevalent in the younger workforce.Read More