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Friday, December 30, 2016

Best New Year 2017

Wishing everyone the best of luck with the 2017 New Year

Don (Follow me on Industrial Skills Training Blog and on Twitter @IndTraining .) Be sure to to stay on top!

Monday, December 26, 2016

Motor Control Courses Online

Motor Control Courses Online
Basic motor control training courses online...
For these two online courses, best to start coincidentally with the Motor Starters Online certificate course. The Motor Starters online electrical certificate course covers magnetic contactors, motor starter wiring diagram, overload definition, MMP and types of starters. Also explains basics of electrical NEMA vs IEC standards.

Then follow the motor starters course with the Motor Control Centers online course ...
The Online Motor Control Center (MCC) certificate course covers related wiring diagrams and classes, buckets and more. Even introduces one to the different MCC networking options. This online course also goes over most of the major Motor Control Center manufacture's models specifications, both past and present. A sample of MCC models covered are from the Westinghouse - 11-300 back in 1935 to Allen Bradley's current Centerline 2500 IEC MCC.

Both online motor control courses are the best online electrical training deals you can get as they never expire and give you 24/7 access world wide. A great to supplement JATC apprenticeship training before hands on contactor wiring diagram start stop circuits.

Note: It is highly recommended that one first take the full Motor Controls Training certificate course (download or CD) and use the two online courses above to supplement the full motor controls training course. 
For apprenticeship programs, high schools and colleges, there are amazingly cost effective, unlimited user site license options as a one time purchase, no annual fees. For all three electrical training certificate courses.

Don (Follow me on Industrial Skills Training Blog and on Twitter @IndTraining .) Be sure to to stay on top!

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Mechanical Engineering PDF

Mechanical Engineering PDF Educational Newsletter

Vol 1, Edition 1

This Mechanical Engineering PDF  Educational Newsletter is 6 pages of mechanical engineering subjects. Each topic covers basics of mechanical engineering from a real world application perspective by a leading ME in the industry, Mike Sondalini.

This issue Vol 1, Edition 1 basic mechanical engineering notes touch on ..

  • Protecting bearings from dust.
  • Open trickle chutes for damp bulk product.
  • Changing the service duty of a pump.
  • Flange bolting-up practices.
  • Maintenance costs capital moneys.

The content you find is based on years of experience in the field and will give you perspectives and insight not found in typical mechanical engineering handbooks. These news letters make a great introduction to mechanical engineering pdf, and go a long ways towards understanding basic mechanical engineering concepts.

While primarily you learn mechanical engineering basics, gain a better insight into the scope of mechanical engineering, you may also get some mechanical engineering project ideas out of the Educational Newsletter series.

Click Mechanical Engineering PDF Vol 1, Edition 1 to read newsletter.
See to download all 30 newsletters.

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Tuesday, September 6, 2016

RSLogix 5000 Programming Tutorial

Free RSLogix 5000 Programming Tutorial:

This RSLogix 5000 tutorial video is a sample of the Free Online RSLogix 5000 tutorial course. The online mini course shows how in Studio 5000 logix designer, programming task and programs are laid out and provides an introduction to tag based programming.

Note some call it 'PLC programming', but as you will see in the free online RSLogix 5000 tutorial linked to above, PAC programming (what a Controllogix 5000 really is) is much different than PLC programming. That is why mastering PLC programming is recommended to be done first, before moving on to PAC programming. As a PAC is an industrial computer, not a microprocessor, so the Studio 5000 logix designer is designed in a computer programming structure that IT and computer programmers will be most comfortable with.

In contrast, PLC programming software like RSLogix 500 is designed so that an electrician will be most comfortable working with.

 Don (Follow me on Industrial Skills Training Blog and on Twitter @IndTraining .)Be sure to to stay on top!

Friday, July 29, 2016

Electrical Engineering Information Overload

How does an Electrical Engineer student deal with information overload?

What a great question an Electrical Engineer student recently asked me. In running an industrial training company (BIN95) for decades, with the motto “We make learning fun”, I am in a unique position to answer that question. It's actually one of those questions millions of students around the world have, but seldom speak up and ask.

As with any solution, the first step is to identify the problem. We could do root cause analysis of the problem of electrical engineering student information overload, but that kind of detail would add to the problem of information overload. :) So in short…

  • In the engineering field, there is whole lot of information needed.
             - Compounded by the fact the required information constantly evolves and increases beyond the foundation and theory realm.
  • The problem is compounded even further by the fact that Engineering student information is taught via an antiquated ancient Greek system we call college.
             - Why is the ancient educational system a problem? Because the outdated system/approach requires the students to memorize mass amounts of information and theories, history, etc.
                               * The outdated educational system does not take into account each particular student's learning style strengths (audio, visual or Kinesthetic).
                                 * The existing educational system does not take into account what each individual actually needs to learn, to perform the particular job functions, specific to the job they are seeking to to do upon graduation. (Too generalized)

      So the solution to the learning information overload syndrome many electrical engineering students experience is actually quite simple. Especially for a civilization as advanced as ours.
      Teach using blended learning styles (audio, visual, kinesthetic), and only teach what is needed for a particular job, not an entire field. Teach how to find technical data if and when the need should arise, in contrast to the existing method of having to memorize everything.
      An approach BIN95 industrial training has taken since 1995. If it is so simple, why didn’t our institutionalized educational system evolve as civilization did?
      The bad news is keeping social acceptance based on 2, 4 or 8 year degree systems (instead of focused on knowledge/skills need, not time in school), keeps big colleges in business, but this capitalistic approach to higher education has been a barrier to the evolution of learning. The good news is, colleges like MIT are starting to evolve. They are flipping the old ancient Greek system upside down. Like instead of making students sit through a long  lectures by professors (audio learning style only approach), expecting students to absorb, and retain mass amounts of information in a short period of time, and then do homework to prove they understood and retained enough information. MIT has recorded lectures, so students can listen, and study at they're own pace, followed by discussion and hands on labs in the classroom. 
      Eventually the leading colleges will evolve even further, making the upside down approach  even more effective, by applying the same approach our company has for the last couple of decades. Taking that professor's audio lecture only approach and incorporating it into Computer Based Training (CBT) courses like we deliver. At BIN95 we have seen the future of real world simulation training software, and the future is bright. The ability to learn on your own schedule, customizing curriculums to meet your specific goals. With increased CBT implementation and technology, education becomes more cost effective, and with real world simulations, students are not only taught, but can actually be trained! 
      So what advice is there for a student stuck in the old school college?
      First and most important, don’t stress out about it. Second, only worry about remembering the mass amount of information, one test at a time. Third, fill the college gap simultaneously with computer based training, interactive, real world training simulation software courses like we sell. They use the blended learning approach  (audio, visual or Kinesthetic), and while they may not help you memorize mass amounts of information you will never use in your life time, they will give you a better understanding of that information. (And a better chance at guessing the correct answer on the quiz due to your better understanding of practical application.). Our CBTs will also make you more aware of what is important to remember long term, what you will actually need to know out in the real world.
      Another example,  is all of our many PLC Training courses, you will find the history of PLCs is not covered. I have never needed to know that in the work place either. We call that filler (fluff) so the learning institution can keep you busy for X amount of hours, or years. One of the most common questions I get from college instructors and apprenticeship programs is “how long does it take to get through training software course? I need to fill 70 hours” for example. It is very common that institutions decide how long the course will be, before deciding what content will be in the course, which leads to fluff, and ineffective education or training. 

      But there are exceptions to every rule. There may be scheduling or financial constraints that limit the length of a course. When that exception arises, we prioritize content by what is most commonly used in the workplace, what is most important in the workplace, and include as much as we can within the time and financial constraints. However, with some electrical engineering topics, like Proper PLC training, that could result in damage to man or machine if not done properly, we will decline a request to reduce training below the minimum time our expertise in the field dictates. Training and education decisions are not black and white. We would rather not make a sale, than only deliver enough training to build false self confidence in the student or employees. If we can't do it properly, we won't do it at all!

      Don (Follow me on Industrial Skills Training Blog and on Twitter @IndTraining .) Be sure to to stay on top!