Computer simulations have greatly evolved with progress in computer science over the past few decades. With origins in a math experiment during WWII, simulation technologies now have widespread applications in various industries ranging from healthcare to manufacturing to entertainment. Simulation tools have found numerous successes and advantages in education, being used for teaching, training, and testing applications.Read More
In this installment of The Practicing Technicians Series we will be discussing the significance of power factor correction. As a technician, you may be responsible for monitoring and adjusting the power factor of your industrial operation. Many industrial applications involve induction motors or other equipment that results in supply voltage and supply current being out of phase. This is wasteful and expensive for power providers.Read More
LinkedIn might seem like it’s only for office workers, but this is no longer the case. Nowadays, every industry—including manufacturing—is on LinkedIn. There’s a large number of recruiters looking to fill technical positions on the platform, too. In fact, over 90% of recruiters will scan your LinkedIn profile as part of the recruitment process.Read More
Two commonly misunderstood types of training are certificates and certifications. Both provide important value, but are quite different in terms of purpose, content, oversight and commitment required to complete them. Selecting the right training will ultimately increase your hire ability and/or value to your employer.Read More
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