Feedback: Gain scheduling example, safety concerns
Recent Control Engineering reader feedback includes a gain scheduling example on that related tutorial and concerns about industrial safety in light of various safety standards.
Recent Control Engineering reader feedback includes a gain scheduling example on that related tutorial and concerns about safety with industrial automation, especially considering newer safety standards.
Lawnmower gas tank
I just read the article "Back to Basics: How Gain Scheduling Works" in the January 2011 Control Engineering magazine. I thought I’d add this somewhat humorous observation: this article could be subtitled, “Why Do I Always Spill Gas When I Fill the Tank on the Lawnmower?”
John Winders, PMP, Senior Electrical Engineer, Polytron; Polytron, based in Duluth, Georgia (north of Atlanta) helps customers engineer and operate with manufacturing excellence. www.polytron.com
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