The pushmi-pullyu is an animal character from Hugh Lofting’s children’s book “The Voyage of Dr. Doolittle.” The pushmi-pullyu is a “cross between a gazelle and a unicorn” and it has two heads – one at each end of its body. According to Wikipedia, “the pushmi-pullyu usually only uses one of its heads to talk, reserving the other for
May 09, 2018
With a Brain the Size of a Planet
One of my favorite reads is the Douglas Adams’ “trilogy” (there are more than 3 books) of the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. It’s a spoof of science fiction with colorful characters and insane plot twists. Throw Star Trek, Star Wars, and Monty Python’s Flying Circus into a mixing bowl, put it in the microwave, and you get the gist
April 02, 2018
Relativity, Regrets, and Reality TV
I am an avid reader of science related books, particularly ones about physics (yes I do this for fun). A while back I remember reading a biography of Einstein and at one point after he was famous he recollected to an interviewer about some of his “not so huge” regrets from his work (recalling that his addition of a “cosmological constant”
February 06, 2018
Pat's Corner: Discovery and EasyRoll
A new year brings in thoughts of Discovery, embarking on discovering new knowledge or new ideas or some other such lofty goal. Then we remember it’s winter. It’s cold. It's time to go back to work. Alas, then the word “discovery” may invoke other thoughts...
January 04, 2018
Let’s start this Pat’s Corner off by stating that the term “Gap Train” within Easyroll is a bit misleading. The proper term for this feature should be “Delayed Zone Start” so that is what we will call it from this point forward in the article. Delayed Zone Start is a variant to Train release in that it incorporates a fixed time
September 05, 2017
Stop the Extra Engineering Work
Let's be frank. Engineering a 90-degree angle for a conveying system is hard. It's more than just a conveyor; it's a machine. Like many machines, it requires significant engineering efforts to get it right. If you're a smaller equipment builder or system integrator, it may cost you more to engineer it than your customer is willing to pay.
August 09, 2017