PID Control (Screencast)
By Terry Bartelt
Learners examine an animated motion-controlled robotic arm and observe the operation of a PID (Proportional-Integral-Derivative) control that makes movements quickly without overshooting or having a steady-state error. This activity has audio content.
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.
Work and Power (Screencast)
By James Bourassa, John Rosz
Learners examine the formulas for calculating work in ft-lb units and power in ft-lb/min. units.
Ultrasonic Sensors (Screencast)
In this animated activity, learners examine the operation of an ultrasonic sensor and the procedure to perform zero and span adjustments. A brief quiz completes the object.
Pneumatic Directional Control Valves (Screencast)
In this animated object, learners examine the operation of two-way, three-way, and four-way directional control valves used in pneumatic systems.
Boyle's Law (Screencast)
Learners apply the principles associated with Boyle’s Law.
What Is Torque? (Screencast)
Learners read a description of torque and study the factors that cause its magnitude to change.
Manufacturing PPE Mini-Sim
By Excelsior College
This activity is a simulation that allows the learner to practice personal protective equipment tasks.
Mechanical Advantage (Screencast)
Learners apply lever ratios to calculate the mechanical advantage in basic mechanisms.
Line Symbols (Screencast)
Learners examine the different types of lines used on a P&ID diagram and the types of connections they represent. They test their knowledge in a matching exercise.
Motor Action (Screencast)
In this screencast, learners examine the interaction between a conductor that represents a motor armature and a magnetic field that represents a motor’s main field. This interaction causes the shaft to turn.
The Hydraulic Color Code (Screencast)
In this screencast, learners read an explanation of the color code used on schematic diagrams for hydraulic circuits. Circuit examples for each color are shown.
Gear Ratio Concepts (Screencast)
By James Bourassa
In this screencast, learners examine the concept of gear ratios. The number of teeth, diameters, and velocity relationships are discussed and calculated using linear ratio equations.
Visual Logic Basic Programming: Using Flow Charts
By Jason Vosters
In this learning activity you'll understand what flow charts are and how they're used to create computer programs.
Elements of a Closed-Loop System
By Terry Bartelt, Terry Fleischman
Learners study an animated block diagram that describes the function of each element in a closed-loop system used in industrial automation.
The Three-Phase AC Generator
By Terry Fleischman
In this 3D animated object, learners examine the way in which a three-phase generator produces three sine waves with three armature coils. A quiz completes the activity.
Equivalent Gates/Ladder Logic Circuits
Learners will identify ladder logic diagrams and the logic functions they perform.
Ladder Logic Schematic Symbol Flashcards
By John Rosz, Terry Fleischman
This interactive object is designed to help learners memorize the schematic symbols used in ladder logic diagrams. Learners quiz themselves using electronic flashcards.
The Strain Wave Gear Principle
The learner will understand the inner workings of the strain wave gear principle.
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.
The Six-Axis Robot
The learner will view videos showing the movements of each axis of the six-axis robot.
Sizing Motor Overloads
By Terry Bartelt, Pat Jensen
Learners use the National Electrical Code to determine the size of a motor overload protection device.
Single-Phase Motors: Introduction to Phase-Splitting
Learners will understand how the interaction of the armature magnetic field and the rotating stator field cause the rotor of a single-phase AC motor to turn.
Understanding Circular Robotic Motions
The learner will learn the programming steps that are used to create circular motions with robots.
An Introduction to Motor Control Circuits
The learner will understand the operation of motor control circuits used to start and stop three-phase motors.