On Being an Overnight Success…

Many of us have heard the story of someone who has achieved sudden notoriety for doing or inventing something spectacular. We call these people an “overnight success” because on day N-1 we never heard of them, but on day N, they are an ubiquitous presence.

Typically, when you talk to these folks, what you find out is that their success rarely happened overnight. Or even over the last weeks or months. In fact, when

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Position Sensing in Long Stroke Hydraulic Cylinders

Long stroke hydraulic cylinders commonly find use in equipment that is subject to extreme environments.  This includes heavy duty industrial equipment of the sort found in power plants, oil and gas exploration, deep sea applications, and high-end mobile hydraulics such as mining and construction equipment. In the past, rod-type magnetostrictive sensors were the dominant implementation for stroke lengths up to 23 feet. For those who are familiar with this technology the inherent deficiencies of

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LVDT Based Linear Position Sensors

Engineers and heavy equipment operators responsible for the maintenance of large scale hydraulics in the field, know what's at stake when these systems fail.  Costs to repair and impact to production represent a huge operational risk that can quickly have large financial repercussions.  These risks to equipment and productivity are a key hydraulic cylinder design consideration and steps are typically taken to minimize potential failure modes at every step of the engineering process. Last year, CPI

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