Functions of Hydraulic Oil
By Terry Bartelt
Learners observe the four functions of oil in a hydraulic system.
The Multi-Loop Armature of a DC Motor
In this animated object, learners study the drawbacks of a single-loop armature of a DC motor and the advantages of a multi-loop armature.
Types of Flow Measurement
Learners study the most common ways to measure fluid flow for industrial processes including absolute quantity, percentage, volumetric flow rate, and mass flow. A brief quiz completes the activity.
By Terry Bartelt, Stephen Schneider
Learners view an animation of a sequence valve in operation and examine the valve’s internal structure.
Pneumatic FRL Units
Learners examine a Filter-Regulator-Lubricator (FRL) unit that is used to prepare the air in a pneumatic system.
Pneumatic Power Supply
In this animated object, learners examine the parts of a pneumatic power system, including the prime mover, compressor, and receiver tank, and how they function.
By Terry Bartelt, Pat Jensen
Learners examine devices that are used to protect a motor from damage, such as fuses, overload heaters, and thermal protectors. A quiz completes the activity.
RPM of AC Motors
Learners study factors that affect the synchronous speed of an AC motor: the applied AC frequency and the number of stator poles.
Using the Microstepping Technique for Stepper Motors
Learners view animations showing how electrical signals are applied to the coils of a stepper motor to perform microstepping. A short quiz completes the activity.
The Firing Circuit of a DC Drive
In this animated activity, learners examine the firing circuits in a DC variable speed drive. The circuits cause the current flow through the armature and rpm to vary. This activity has audio content.
The Feed-Forward Control System
In this animated object, learners examine the operation of a feed-forward control system and its advantages over a closed-loop system. A brief quiz completes the activity.
Capacitive Proximity Sensor Target Considerations
In this animated object, learners examine the factors that determine how well a capacitive proximity sensor can detect an object. Those factors include size, position, and the materials from which the target is made. A brief quiz completes the activity.
Learners study how a DC motor generates counterelectromotive force. A short quiz completes the object.
Orifice Plate Flowmeters
Learners examine the operation of an orifice plate flowmeter as it is used to make process control measurements. A brief quiz completes the activity.
Crank Slider Velocity
By James Bourassa
In this animated object, learners identify the basic parts and operation of a crank slider mechanism. They also follow the steps to use rotational input velocity to determine the linear output velocity of a slider component.
In this animated object, learners examine the basic types of limit switches and how they are used.
High-Low Speed Drive Adjustments
Learners examine the circuitry in a DC variable speed drive that prevents the motor from running at 0 rpm or at maximum speed under certain conditions.
Sensitivity Adjustments of a Capacitive Sensor
In this animated object, learners study the effects of making sensitivity adjustments to a capacitive sensor.
Incremental Optical Encoders
Learners study the operation and characteristics of an incremental optical encoder used in automated manufacturing applications. A brief quiz completes the activity.
By Terry Bartelt, Terry Fleischman
In this animated activity, learners study how the magnetic field of an armature can distort the DC motor's main magnetic field. A brief quiz completes the object.
What Is Torque? (Screencast)
Learners read a description of torque and study the factors that cause its magnitude to change.
Standard Calibration Procedure
Learners follow steps to calibrate a transmitter used in process control applications. A brief quiz completes the activity.
The Hydraulic Cylinder
In this animated and interactive object, learners examine the basic parts and the linear movement of a hydraulic cylinder. A brief quiz completes the activity.
Pressure-Controlled Sequencing Circuit
This animated lesson shows how a pressure switch connected in a ladder circuit causes the cylinder of a hydraulic circuit to extend and retract.
Integral Reset Setting
Learners study animations showing the integral function of a closed-loop control system and the difference between the two types of integral controller settings, reset rate and reset time. A short quiz completes the activity.