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181. Easy X10 Projects For Creating
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182. SCADA: Supervisory Control and
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183. Imaging Through Turbulence
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184. Groundwater Modeling Using Geographical
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186. DesigningAutonomous Mobile Robots
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187. Reasoning Robots : The Art and
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181. Easy X10 Projects For Creating A Smart Home
by Technica Pacifica
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Asin: 0790613069
Catlog: Book (2005-04-01)
Publisher: Indy-Tech Publishing
Sales Rank: 194884
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Sams Technical Publishing expands on its long history in the consumer electronics industry with Easy X10 Projects for Creating a Smart Home.Aimed at the savvy, do-it-yourself consumer, this book will assist the reader with the design and installation of home automation devices related to the X10 technologies.

X10 technology gives the do-it-yourselfer the ability to automate the home in an affordable and efficient way.This book provides detailed instructions on utilizing the X10 technology to automate many areas of your home, with components readily found at your local home improvement center.X10 related components are perfect for existing as well as new construction, and can easily be utilized in rental units as well.Easy X10 Projects for Creating a Smart Home takes the reader through a series of steps, from simple projects, to the more complex ones, addressing the interfacing of your personal computer, wireless controls, and voice controls.

Technica Pacifica has a diverse staff of writers who are also teachers in varying fields from journalism to engineering, economics, insurance and construction.Their focus is to write concise and simple instructions that are dedicated to the task of creating clear and understandable text.

Topics addressed include: ·Lights ·Security Systems ·HVAC ·Voice Control Systems·Budget considerations ·System set-up ·Computer Controls ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars All You Need to Know to Get Started
Some years back it looked like X-10 was going to revolutionize how houses were built. There would be automatic controls of lights, heating and air conditioning, fire and burglar alarms, everything was going to be automatic and computer controlled. It didn't come to pass.

Meanwhile, however, the X-10 technology has kept growing, become more standardized, more reliable, less expensive, and just overall better.

X-10 works over the standard power lines that supply electricity around your house. You don't have to run new wiring (like you did with the old low voltage systems), you just plug things into the electric sockets and they work. The standards for X-10 equipment are so good that any brand of equipment works with all the other brands.

Here in this one book is everything you need to know from first getting started to putting together an effective, reliable and easy to use system. ... Read more


182. SCADA: Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition
by Stuart A. Boyer
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Asin: 1556178778
Catlog: Book (2004-06)
Publisher: ISA-The Instrumentation, Systems, and Automation Society
Sales Rank: 221605
Average Customer Review: 3.17 out of 5 stars
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Supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) technology has evolved over the past 30 years as a method of monitoring and controlling large processes. This newly revised reference book offers overviews of SCADA's component technologies, as well as details necessary to understand the big picture. SCADA processes cover areas that may be measured in the thousands of square miles, and have dimensions that may be hundreds, occasionally thousands, of miles long. Now a mature technology, SCADA includes, but is not limited to, software packages that can be incorporated in a larger system. After completing its 14 self-study units, readers should be conversant with SCADA nomenclature and architecture, understand the basic technology of the system's building blocks, understand its limitations, understand how it can benefit particular operations, and have a basis for selecting appropriate SCADA technologies for their operational requirements. ... Read more

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1-0 out of 5 stars A book with a very specific orientation
This book is NOT suited for electrical engineers who want to learn SCADA. It is, however, adequate for business men or managers who would like to acquire a general (very general indeed)understanding of SCADA terminology. Themes within the book are treated superficially sometimes, with a greater depth in others (such as when addressing protocols) that is not consistent nor coherent. I do not recommend this book for a Power Systems Engineer, student of such systems, or any electric or electronic engineer that wishes to understand SCADA.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent for training
For training technicians, this book provides an excellent introduction to how SCADA systems work. Most of the more detailed system information requires training and manuals from specific vendors who usually provide good information on their products but little in the way of a system-wide view.

1-0 out of 5 stars SCADA Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition, 2nd edition
I found this book to contain mostly dated, simplistic information and believe it to be unsuitable for an engineer. It will NOT advance the expertise of anyone with even minor expertise in this field. I'm stunned that it has ISA backing and is a second edition. Don't waste your time on this book unless you need only a casual, conceptual understanding of this subject.

4-0 out of 5 stars Very helpfull for training
I had to prepared an introduction course on SCADA system. This book by himself is a complete course. I had no trouble to find information and build a 3 days course to engineer learner. They were very satisfy with the contents of this book. Thank you for your sugestion to purchase it.

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183. Imaging Through Turbulence
by Michael C. Roggemann, Byron Welsh
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Catlog: Book (1996-01-18)
Publisher: CRC Press
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Learn how to overcome resolution limitations caused by atmospheric turbulence in Imaging Through Turbulence. This hands-on book thoroughly discusses the nature of turbulence effects on optical imaging systems, techniques used to overcome these effects, performance analysis methods, and representative examples of performance. Neatly pulling together widely scattered material, it covers Fourier and statistical optics, turbulence effects on imaging systems, simulation of turbulence effects and correction techniques, speckle imaging, adaptive optics, and hybrid imaging. Imaging Through Turbulence is written in tutorial style, logically guiding you through these essential topics. It helps you bring down to earth the complexities of coping with turbulence. ... Read more


184. Groundwater Modeling Using Geographical Information Systems
by George F.Pinder
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Catlog: Book (2002-07-15)
Publisher: Wiley
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Cutting-edge techniques for groundwater modeling using GIS technology
Groundwater Modeling Using Geographical Information Systems covers fundamental information on flow and mass transport modeling and demonstrates how GIS technology makes these models and analyses more accurate than ever before.
GIS technology allows for swift organization, quantification, and interpretation of large quantities of geohydrological data with computer accuracy and minimal risk of human error. This book's companion Web site provides the Princeton Transport Code, as well as the plug-in extensions required to interface this code with the Argus ONE numerical environment software enclosed with this book. Plug-in extensions for MODFLOW and MT3D computer codes can be found at the Argus ONE Web site (www.argusint.com). The process for using the Geographic Modeling Approach (GMA) to model groundwater flow and transport is demonstrated step by step with a field example from Tucson, Arizona. The GMA is composed of the Argus ONE Geographic Information Modeling system and the Princeton Transport Code groundwater flow and transport model, interfaced through the plug-in extension available on Argus ONE.
Enhanced with more than 150 illustrations and screen captures, Groundwater Modeling Using Geographical Information Systems is a fundamental book for civil engineers, hydrologists, environmental engineers, geologists, and students in these fields, as well as software engineers working on GIS applications and environmental attorneys and regulators. When used in combination with the free modeling software, this book provides an excellent student text.
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185. Diagnostic Ultrasound Imaging: Inside Out (Biomedical Engineering Series)
by Thomas L. Szabo
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Catlog: Book (2004-09-07)
Publisher: Academic Press
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In summary, the proposed book fills the current need for an advanced scientific text on diagnostic ultrasound for practitioners and for professionals wishing to enter the field. Suitable as a graduate level text for engineering or science students or as a reference for the practicing engineer, scientist or physician engaged in ultrasound research or development, this book will provide a well rounded and comprehensive overview of the major topics of interest in diagnostic medical ultrasound. Diagnostic Ultrasound Imaging: Inside Out will introduce ultrasound imaging from its historic acoustic beginnings to recent advances from a unified perspective as well as present new material not available elsewhere. Written with the reader in mind, this unique text will facilitate comprehension of complicated concepts, stress the interrelatedness of topics, and present a structure to enable the reader to extend his/her knowledge even farther. The book and its companion website will also include MATLAB programs and exercises.

ú Based on the author's over thirty-fiveyears of experience in developing laboratory methodology and standards and conducting research in ultrasound.

ú Conveys the fundamentals of diagnostic ultrasound as well as state-of-the-art reviews of major topics. from a historical perspective. Matlab MATLAB problems and examples included.

. MATLAB problems and examples included
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186. DesigningAutonomous Mobile Robots : Inside the Mind of an Intelligent Machine
by John M. Holland
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Catlog: Book (2003-12-15)
Publisher: Newnes
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Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Designing Autonomous Mobile Robots introduces the reader to the fundamental concepts of this complex field. The author addresses all the pertinent topics of the electronic hardware and software of mobile robot design, with particular emphasis on the more difficult problems of control, navigation, and sensor interfacing.

Covering topics such as advanced sensor fusion, control systems for a wide array of application sensors and instrumentation, and fuzzy logic applications, this volume is essential reading for engineers undertaking robotics projects as well as undergraduate and graduate students studying robotic engineering, artificial intelligence, and cognitive science. Its state-of-the-art treatment of core concepts in mobile robotics helps and challenges readers in exploring new avenues in an exciting field. The accompanying CD-ROM provides software routines for the examples cited as well as an electronic version of the text.

Authored by a well-know pioneer of mobile roboticsLearn how to approach the design of and complex control system with confidence
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5-0 out of 5 stars Great Book!
A fascinating read, and a must for those interested in robotic design. Additionally, parts of the book are humorous and quite entertaining! ... Read more


187. Reasoning Robots : The Art and Science of Programming Robotic Agents (Applied Logic Series)
by Michael Thielscher
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Catlog: Book (2005-07)
Publisher: Springer
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The book provides an in-depth and uniform treatment of a mathematical model for reasoning robotic agents. The book also contains an introduction to a programming method and system based on this model.

The mathematical model, known as the "Fluent Calculus'', describes how to use classical first-order logic to set up symbolic models of dynamic worlds and to represent knowledge of actions and their effects. Robotic agents use this knowledge and their reasoning facilities to make decisions when following high-level, long-term strategies. The book covers the issues of reasoning about sensor input, acting under incomplete knowledge and uncertainty, planning, intelligent troubleshooting, and many other topics.

The mathematical model is supplemented by a programming method which allows readers to design their own reasoning robotic agents. The usage of this method, called "FLUX'', is illustrated by many example programs. The book includes the details of an implementation of FLUX using the standard programming language PROLOG, which allows readers to re-implement or to modify and extend the generic system.

The design of autonomous agents, including robots, is one of the most exciting and challenging goals of Artificial Intelligence. Reasoning robotic agents constitute a link between knowledge representation and reasoning on the one hand, and agent programming and robot control on the other. The book provides a uniform mathematical model for the problem-driven, top-down design of rational agents, which use reasoning for decision making, planning, and troubleshooting. The implementation of the mathematical model by a general PROLOG program allows readers to practice the design of reasoning robotic agents. Since all implementation details are given, the generic system can be easily modified and extended.

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188. Kickin' Bot : An Illustrated Guide to Building Combat Robots (ExtremeTech)
by GrantImahara
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Asin: 0764541137
Catlog: Book (2003-11-24)
Publisher: Wiley
Sales Rank: 14857
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Enter the arena of the metal gladiators

Do you have what it takes to build a battle-ready robot? You do now. Here are the plans, step-by-step directions, and expert advice that will put you in competition-while you have a heck of a lot of fun getting there.

Grant Imahara, the creator of the popular BattleBot Deadblow, shares everything he’s learned about robot design, tools and techniques for metal working, the parts you need and where to get them, and plenty of tips to keep you off the ropes. When you’re finished, you’ll be ready to rumble.

Just a few of the topics you'll learn:

  • Robot design 101
  • Chemicals and power tools
  • Popular materials compared
  • Cutting your armor
  • Things to know about screws
  • Top ten drive motors
  • Bearings, casters, couplers, and U-joints
  • Roller chains and sprockets
  • Better traction through chemistry
  • Choosing speeding controls
  • Batteries and wiring
  • The driving test
  • Rammers, hammers and crushers
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5-0 out of 5 stars Outstanding robot construction book
The other reviewers have already written about how great the illustrations are in this book, about the author's ability to clearly explain some fairly difficult tasks, and about the author's Battlebots record. They're right on all counts, and this is an excellent book.

The book covers every step you need, from design to materials purchasing to making armor/speed tradeoffs. Here's the table of contents from my copy of the book:

Chapter 1: Getting Started.
Chapter 2: Designing the Robot.
Chapter 3: Tools of the Trade.
Chapter 4: Selecting Materials.
Chapter 5: Cutting Metal.
Chapter 6: Shaping and Finishing Metal.
Chapter 7: Drilling and Tapping Holes.
Chapter 8: Fasteners-Holding It All Together.
Chapter 9: Selecting Drive Motors.
Chapter 10: Mechanical Building Blocks.
Chapter 11:Working with Roller Chain and Sprockets.
Chapter 12: Let's Get Rolling.
Chapter 13: Choosing Your Control System.
Chapter 14: Choosing Speed Controls.
Chapter 15: Choosing Batteries.
Chapter 16:Wiring the Electrical System.
Chapter 17: The First Test Drive.
Chapter 18: Choose Your Weapon.
Chapter 19: Troubleshooting.
Chapter 20: Going to a Competition.
Appendix A: Advanced R/C Programming.
Appendix B: IFI System Programming and Troubleshooting.
Appendix C: Pneumatics.
Appendix D: Online Resources.
Appendix E: Catalogs.
Appendix F: Tables and Charts.

5-0 out of 5 stars Best book on building robots
This book is one of the best I have bought so far. Those of you just getting started on building robot will be especially pleased about the countless tips on the correct way to use tools and construction techniques etc. The huge number of illustrations is a welcomed bonus.

The section on choosing a Remote Control is very informative.

If you are hoping for sections on electronics, programming or building your own parts for the electrical/electronic components you will be very dissapointed as all the parts used are off the shelf.

You might want to supplement this book with Amphibionics and Insectronics by Karl Williams which has good sections of programming and electronics.

No book is perfect but if you want to build a REAL fighting robot this is the best book around and I'm saying this after having bought most of the popular ones around.

5-0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Illustrations
I knew of the author from watching BattleBots on TV (he built Deadblow http://www.battlebots.com/battlebots_detail.asp?ID=60) so I pre-ordered this before it even came out.

The thing that sets this one apart from some of the other books is the illustrations - they are absolutely beautiful, and really add to the clarity and readability of the book, although I wish they were in color.

Regardless, this is a brilliant book on robotics. I imagine this is a great place to start if you are just getting into robots, and if you are like me and know some basics after building a few kits, this is a great guide to doing it all from scratch. It provides a great deal of detail, and I'll bet that even veterans are sure to pick up a few tricks here and there.

5-0 out of 5 stars Well written and easy to understand
Just getting started with robots, and this is my first book on building them. I chose this one because I eventually want to build a battlebot, although I plan to just start with a basic bot.

So far this is exactly what I wanted. It is very easy to understand, the directions are clear and easy to follow, and the drawings are absolutely killer.

Very well done, and highly recommended. ... Read more


189. Inside Rhinoceros
by Ron K.C. Cheng
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Catlog: Book (2001-11-08)
Publisher: OnWord Press (Acquired Titles)
Sales Rank: 287410
Average Customer Review: 4.11 out of 5 stars
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Master the ins and outs of building curved surfaces and organic shapes while sharpening your knowledge of the mathematics used in contemporary computer-aided engineering applications. Inside Rhinoceros provides readers with an all-inclusive introduction to 3D computer modeling using the newest release of RhinocerosRhino, Release 2with special emphasis on understanding NURBS surfaces and boundary-representation methods. Real-world projects and step-by-step Rhino tutorials acquaint novices with key features and functions of the software, which is rapidly gaining acceptance in the corporate market as well as in the classroom. These hands-on exercises provide a direct path to learning how to generate free-form NURBS curves for creating surfaces and solids, construct polygon meshes for coping with other applications, and outputting photo-realistic images and 2D production engineering drawings from 3D objects. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Inside Rhinoceros Is the best book for BEGINNER !!!
100% a great book for beginner to start how to use Rhinoceros Version 2.0
This is the best book with a lot of pratical example,picture & very detail instruction.
It will be great tht if Mr.Ron K. C. Cheng can write the version 3.0 in future with a hard cover book.
Thank you !!!

2-0 out of 5 stars Outdated
This book is for Rhinoceros Release 2.0 however the current version of Rhino is 3.0. This might sound like a minor detail but a lot of the illustrations in the book will not match what is showing on your screen which makes learning frustrating.

5-0 out of 5 stars One of the Best Self study books I've ever read!!!!
Being a person who does alot of self studying (All Technical materials from networking to 3d)I would say this is one of the best books I've ever read. The explenation matches step by step to the excersizes given to practice. I've finished the book once and will try it one more time because of the volume of the info that has been explained in the book. There are very minor misstakes where a step or two have been droped by the author and makes the reader a little confuse ( the result of the excersize will not match the one in the book). But I have not seen or read any other book without those small misstakes.
Good Job Mr. Cheng.

4-0 out of 5 stars easy to follow instructions a good start to Rhino
Have been using this book for about 6 hours now. I notice a few ommissions in the directions, a couple of typos, too. But basicaly this is a great book. The CD comes with a demo version of Rhino 2 which allows for 25 saves. I do not know what happens after you use the 25 saves.

There are good step by step instructions for making a couple of items like a VW beetle, a joystick for game control, and a telephone. I will be ready to move on to another book rather quickly after this, for some more sophisticated stuff. But I forsee this book continuing to be a good reference for operating the commands.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Value
I bought the book a couple of weeks ago. It is really amazing that I can now make pretty good free form objects by following the tutorials and using the trial version Rhino. If you want to learn making 3D quickly. I strongly recommend you to get this book. Good value. ... Read more


190. Industrial Control Electronics: Devices, Systems & Applications
by Terry L.M. Bartelt, Terry L. M. Bartelt
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Catlog: Book (2001-05-11)
Publisher: Thomson Delmar Learning
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Now in its second edition, Industrial Control Electronics continues to provide readers with an extraordinarily comprehensive understanding of instrumentation, process control, and servomechanisms - all in a single volume! In addition to detailed discussion of modern components, circuits, devices and control techniques used in today's industrial automated systems, this edition features two all-new chapters on DC and AC variable speed drives plus a generic approach to PLCs that employs the Allen-Bradley SLC-500 as a sample. As in the first edition, the book begins with an overview of the control loop while subsequent sections allow readers to explore individual elements of the loop in depth. This logical organization allows the book to be used effectively in a variety of programs, including: Electromechanical Technology, Instrumentation (Process Control) Technology, Automated Manufacturing Systems (AMS), Electronics Technology, and Industrial Maintenance. ... Read more


191. Handbook Of Optical And Laser Scanning (Optical Engineering)
by Gerald F. Marshall
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Catlog: Book (2004-07-31)
Publisher: Marcel Dekker
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192. Robot Mechanisms and Mechanical Devices Illustrated
by PaulSandin
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Catlog: Book (2003-06-27)
Publisher: McGraw-Hill/TAB Electronics
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193. Eigenstructure Assignment for Control System Design
by G. P.Liu, R. J.Patton
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Catlog: Book (1998-03)
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
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Helicopters, aircraft and missiles are just some of the practical multivariable control systems to which eigenstructure assignment has been applied in recent years. Liu and Patton offer a uniquely integrated introduction to eigenstructure assignment theory and techniques for multi-input multi-output control system design. Features include:
* Introduction to the Eigenstructure Assignment Toolbox for use with MATLAB (examples available via the Internet) providing engineers with a powerful set of tools for the design of multivariable systems
* Broad coverage including the principle of eigenstructure assignment, basic, insensitive, robust and multiobjective eigenstructure assignment for multirate sampled-data systems, descriptor systems and fault detection systems
* Description of the majority of known eigenstructure assignment methods for both state and output feedback control offering the reader a concise reference
* Combination of time-domain and frequency-domain performance specifications for robust control design
Postgraduates and researchers studying control engineering will appreciate the combination of mathematical theory and practical issues. Control engineers, particularly those working in the aerospace industry, will profit from the detailed application sections which relate eigenstructure assignment to real industrial problems.
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194. Technology Commercialization: Dea and Related Analytical Methods for Evaluating the Use and Implementation of Technical Innovation
by Sten A. Thore
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Catlog: Book (2002-05-01)
Publisher: Kluwer Academic Publishers
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195. The Human Side of Managing Technological Innovation: A Collection of Readings
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Edited by a leader in the field of human resource management, The Human Side of Managing Technological Innovation, 2/e is organized around themes including motivating professionals, measuring productivity, managing groups, and technology as a strategic resource. ... Read more


196. Introduction to Programmable Logic Controllers
by Gary Dunning
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Catlog: Book (2001-08-01)
Publisher: Delmar Thomson Learning
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Average Customer Review: 3.17 out of 5 stars
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Now in its second edition, Introduction to Programmable Logic Controllers contains an all-new chapter on micro PLCs as well as newly available, manufacturer-specific photos to illustrate principles of PLC operation. Updated to include recent industry innovations, and expanded as a result of reader feedback, this book begins with an orientation to the general principles underlying all PLC operations which features leading manufacturers such as General Electric, Omron, Mitsubishi, and Seimens.Subsequent chapters invite readers to delve into the Rockwell Automation/Allen-Bradley SLC 500 family of PLCs, exploring their operation and instruction set(s) in detail. A well-engineered, fully integrated supplement package is also available for educators and trainers seeking to use this book to deliver a professional-level, hands-on PLC learning experience with minimal advanced preparation. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars SLC500 PLCs
Excellent for getting a good training on PLCs. First half is general PLCs and second half mostly SLC500. This is the main book, not the Lab Manual. You can order the lab manual that has the large words "Lab Manual" on the cover. Just to be sure I requested NOT getting the lab manual. I also keep this book at work for ref book.

1-0 out of 5 stars Introduction to Programmable Logic Controllers (Electrical T
This is a LAB Manual. It is no good unless you have the software that goes along with it. I will be returning it.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good starters book
I recommend this book to my students who are getting started in PLC programming. It is a good beginner's book but more advanced readers will be disappointed. The reason I did not give it five stars is because the book is a little too pricey for basically being a lab manual. With this book and the PLC drivers at http://www.vhmiautomation.com/PLCCD.html my students have had great success with interfacing to various PLCs also.

1-0 out of 5 stars LAB MANUAL
What the publisher's blurb and the other reviews DON"T say is that this is a LAB MANUAL! If you don't have the appropiate software it's value is very limited. I will be returning it to exchange for a real "Intro to PLC's".

4-0 out of 5 stars An Instructors Dream
I teach a basic course in programmable logic controllers. I have found this book to be a dream come true. While there are a lot of books out today dealing with PLCs most of them fall far short of this book. This is the first book that I have found that covers "Documenting Your System" which is a very important subject that has been ignored by other authors. I highly recommended this book. ... Read more


197. Getting to Know ArcObjects (With CD-ROM)
by Robert Burke
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Catlog: Book (2003-10)
Publisher: ESRI Press
Sales Rank: 52258
Average Customer Review: 4.33 out of 5 stars
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ArcGIS is the newest and most powerful GIS technology from ESRI, and this comprehensive reference teaches Geographic Information System (GIS) technology users the concepts and methods for its customization. As ArcObjects are the building blocks of COM-based ArcGIS software, GIS professionals are given an introduction to basic object-oriented programming concepts and the classes, properties, and methods that make ArcObjects unique. Also stressed are the use of Visual Basic for Applications and the use of ArcObjects to modify the ArcGIS interface, change its basic operations, and create entirely new functionality.

*NOTE* The book will not be published with a 180-day version of ArcView 8.1. It will include a CD with data needed to complete the exercises. The customer must own a licensed copy of ArcView, ArcEditor, or ArcInfo 8.3 or higher to run the exercises. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent for beginner
This is the book you need to start learning scripting for ArcGIS. It has an introductory chapter teaching about the basics of VB and then the Arc objects themselves. The examples are very clear and easy to follow. A very suitable book for people who doesn't know programming at all.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good for beginners..
I'm using this book for a lab section of GeoComputation, and after working through the first few exercises and looking through the rest of the book, I am impressed.

The CD included with the book contains all of the data you'll need to complete the exercises. I found Burke's writing to be fluid and insightful. Each chapter begins with a good overview and background of what will be done. There are many diagrams, as well, so you can see the expected results.

This isn't a programming book in the C++ range. It is a book detailing how to customize and make ArcView 8.x work for you using Visual Basic for Applications. Recommended. Enjoy

4-0 out of 5 stars definitely a good start!
Good place to start on ArcObjects. It primarily deals with the designing of interfaces, rather than using the commands for automation. Good intro to the concepts of the ArcMap Object model, properties, methods, and events...there's even a little blurb or cursors. Covers a little of ArcCatalog, too. Note: ArcTools DOES NOT follow the ArcObject Model...so if you are looking for properties, methods and events pertaining to this, I guess wait 'til ArcGIS 9. Also, there are no scripting cabilities similar to AML...you'll have to wait 'til ArcGIS 9, where python is used as the scripting language to replace AML. Also, does not address OOP concepts on the GeoDatabase model very much...but this book is definately better than Getting to Know ArcGIS ... Read more


198. Amphibionics : Build Your Own Biologically Inspired Reptilian Robot
by KarlWilliams
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Asin: 007141245X
Catlog: Book (2003-04-08)
Publisher: McGraw-Hill/TAB Electronics
Sales Rank: 33242
Average Customer Review: 4.33 out of 5 stars
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This work provides the hobbyist with detailed mechanical, electronic, and PIC microcontroller knowledge needed to build and program a snake, frog, turtle, and alligator robots.It focuses on the construction of each robot in detail, and then explores the world of slithering, jumping, swimming, and walking robots, and the artificial intelligence needed with these platforms. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Awesome book!
In response to the last review I have to say that all of the files listed in the book actually ARE available on the authors website - just follow the links that are listed for the book support!! I downloaded all the files without any problems. Craig must have been confused about the PicBasic Pro compiler - you do have to buy that from a software company (microengineering labs) but getting the compiler makes PIC microcontroller programming painless and the author would be liable if he put it on his website for free. You don't even really need the compiler if you are building the robots as they are described in the book because the book lists the hex files needed to program the microcontroller. The great thing about this book is that it stands alone because all of the programs and the hex files are listed in the book so that you don't actually need to access the authors website at all - the book is complete on its own.
The projects are really amazing and so well described that I could do it without a lot of electronics knowledge to begin with. I've built the robot snake and the first time it slithered across the floor was a very exciting achievement. This is the kind of ground-breaking book that could inspire a whole new generation of AI robots!

1-0 out of 5 stars Promised files not available
I have sent 3 e-mails to Mr Williams asking when the sample programs and other files in the book would be available as stated in the book and so far have received no response and the files are still not available on his web page I purchased the book in July of 2003 so at this point I would not purchase another book by this author.

5-0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
Another great book to add to my collection. Fantastic mechanical and electronic design ! Explains everything in an easy to understand style. Looking forward to the next one !

5-0 out of 5 stars Amazing book! Build four incredible robots
Finally a book that gives complete, concise details for building real working robots.

This book starts out with the basics of metal working and test equipement that will be needed to build the robots. There is a very informative chapter on PIC programming that makes understanding and programming microcontrollers very easy. The book has great mechanical drawings for cutting, drilling and bending the aluminum. The schematics are easy to follow and printed circuit board templates are also included so you can make your own circuit boards. There are also diagrams that show you exactly where each of the electronic components should be positioned on the boards. Once the circuit boards and mechanics have been constructed, complete wiring diagrams are included showing you how to wire everything up - this book does not let you down!!

The first robot project is a frog that achieves locomotion by jumping. This is a really cool design and it uses the same circuit board that was used for the Insectronic robot (his first
book).

The second robot is a snake and is very cool. This is my favorite robot in the entire book and the only one that I have built so far. It is so amazing to watch this robot move around
the room. Once again, the book is complete in the details for building and programming this robot along with building an infrared sensor board. Lots of great pictures. The author also has a website with movies of the snake...

THe Third robot is a four legged walking crocodile. This robot uses a dual motor gearmotor and an interesting mechanical design. This chapter also focuses on the implementaion of a wireless data link, remote control, DC motor control and leg sensors. The pictures and diagrams are excellent.

The fourth robot is a wheeled turtle robot that can move in any direction. It shows you how to use an ultrasonic range finder for precise measurement and an optical shaft encoder implemented for room mapping. This chapter is a lot of fun because the history of Grey Walters' historic robot turtle experminents are described.

Each chapter starts with a description of the robots biological counterpart and its inspiration.

This book is worth twice what it is selling for!

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5-0 out of 5 stars Robots can be cool!
Want to assemble some robots from scratch and learn about electronics and the PIC programmer then buy this book. Continuation from his first book -Insectronics. No other books out their makes it more easy and simple. ... Read more


199. CNC: A First Look Primer
by William Luggen
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Asin: 0827372450
Catlog: Book (1996-10-09)
Publisher: Thomson Delmar Learning
Sales Rank: 814246
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This is a beginner's introduction to computer numerical control. It offers solid instruction in the fundamentals of this highly skill-oriented technology. Structured and designed to be a comprehensive and holistic primer on the subject, it breaks each concept into 36 single-topic, easy-to-understand learning units throughout 6 major sections. The text is written at an accessible level with opportunities for the student to write answers to questions which build critical thinking skills in math and computer science. ALSO AVAILABLEINSTRUCTOR SUPPLEMENTS CALL CUSTOMER SUPPORT TO ORDER Instructor's Manual, ISBN: 0-8273-7246-9 ... Read more


200. Dictionary of Electrical Engineering, Power Engineering and Automation, Part 2/English – German : Fachwörterbuch industrielle Elektrot ... technik, Teil 2/Englisch – Deutsch
by Herausgegeen Von Siemens
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Asin: 3895781932
Catlog: Book (2003-12-12)
Publisher: Wiley-VCH
Sales Rank: 2083682
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Compared to the last edition, this worldwide-respected dictionary has been updated and enlarged by about 35%. It is the standard work for all those requiring a comprehensive and reliable compilation of terms from the fields of power generation, transmission and distribution, drive engineering, automation, switchgear and installation engineering, power electronics as well as measurement, analysis and test engineering. Including also a great number of basic electrotechnical terms, with about 90,000 entries and 125,000 translations in Volume 1 (German-English) and 75,000 entries and 109,000 translations in Volume 2 (English-German) it comprehensively covers large fields of industrially applied electrical engineering. ... Read more


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