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81. Fundamentals of Programmable Logic Controllers, Sensors, and Communications (3rd Edition)
by Jon Stenerson
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Asin: 013061890X
Catlog: Book (2004-01-20)
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Sales Rank: 147744
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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The third edition of Fundamentals of Programmable Logic Controllers, Sensors, and Communications retains the previous edition's practical approach, easy-to-read writing style, and coverage of various types of industrial controllers while reflecting leading-edge technology. Since the programmable logic controller has become an invaluable tool in American industry, it responds to the substantial need for trained personnel who can program and integrate these devices.Covers new and emerging technologies and techniques—IEC 61131 programming; Industrial automation controllers; ControlLogix; Embedded controllers; Supervisory control and data acquisition; Fuzzy logic; Step, stage, and state logic programming. Featuresprocess control and instrumentation—Process Control, PLC Addressing, PLC Wiring, and Robotics.For trained personnel using programmable logic control devices. ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars Too many errors and no errata
The book is decent - better than a few I have purchased but suffers from a common failing in technical books - it is repleat with errors. Really, a book which is used by some in technical schools or colleges should have only a few errors at most. This book has scores of errors, which makes learning very difficult. Like most subjects if you intend to teach yourself, you will need three or four references including PLC manuals in order to resolve the many ambiguous diagrams and statements in the text...

4-0 out of 5 stars Great teaching material
I teach electricians about PLCs and use this book as the class textbook. It has very good coverage of the subject. There are other books that are less costly and cover the same basic material (but not in the same depth that this book does).

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent PLC Book
Stenerson's book is an exellent introduction to the subject of Programmable Logic Controllers.He uses several of the major brands in his discussion of automation.The book is not designed to make one fluent withone particular PLC, but rather to give one basic knowledge which isapplicable to all brands of PLCs.

I teach PLCs at a technical college andhave been using Stenerson's book for the last couple years - what a greattext.Although its somewhat expensive, I feel that it is a great value. ... Read more


82. Robust and Optimal Control
by Kemin Zhou, John C. Doyle, Keith Glover, John ComstockDoyle
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Asin: 0134565673
Catlog: Book (1995-08-07)
Publisher: Prentice Hall
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This book provides a comprehensive, step-by-step treatment of the state-space H…à control theory, reflecting recent theoretical developments this area, in particular, and in the area of robust and H… à control theory in general. It offers as self-contained a presentation as possible and, for reference sake, includes many background results on linear systems, the theory and application of Riccati equations and model reduction. ... Read more


83. The First Computers--History and Architectures (History of Computing)
by Raúl Rojas
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Catlog: Book (2002-08-07)
Publisher: The MIT Press
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This history of computing focuses not on chronology (what came first and who deserves credit for it) but on the actual architectures of the first machines that made electronic computing a practical reality. The book covers computers built in the United States, Germany, England, and Japan. It makes clear that similar concepts were often pursued simultaneously and that the early researchers explored many architectures beyond the von Neumann architecture that eventually became canonical. The contributors include not only historians but also engineers and computer pioneers.

An introductory chapter describes the elements of computer architecture and explains why "being first" is even less interesting for computers than for other areas of technology. The essays contain a remarkable amount of new material, even on well-known machines, and several describe reconstructions of the historic machines. These investigations are of more than simply historical interest, for architectures designed to solve specific problems in the past may suggest new approaches to similar problems in today's machines.
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5-0 out of 5 stars very technical
This book is very technical, which is exactly what I was looking for. It is filled with architectual diagrams, opcodes, and even code fragments from the earliest computers. Some of these machines even predate World War 2.

The book opens with discussions on the taxonomy of these primordial computers. This section is the weakest part of the book. External references are mentioned, when they should have been described in detail. Another typical problem is on page 8, where a family tree is printed in a micro-fiche font.

The remainder of the book is divided into sections for the US, UK, Germany, and Japan. This is the bulk of the text, and the reason why you would want to buy it. I must stress again, that the articles are extremely technical. They will be hard to follow without a background in digital design, some knowledge of system architecture, and maybe some assembly. But for those who can appreciate it, it is absolutely fascinating.

This is my favorite book that none of my friends would appreciate! ... Read more


84. Systems and Control (Engineering & Technology)
by Stanislaw H. Zak
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Asin: 0195150112
Catlog: Book (2002-12-01)
Publisher: Oxford University Press
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Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Systems and Control presents modeling, analysis, and control of dynamical systems. Introducing students to the basics of dynamical system theory and supplying them with the tools necessary for control system design, it emphasizes design and demonstrates how dynamical system theory fits into practical applications. Classical methods and the techniques of postmodern control engineering are presented in a unified fashion, demonstrating how the current tools of a control engineer can supplement more classical tools. Broad in scope, Systems and Control shows the multidisciplinary role of dynamics and control; presents neural networks, fuzzy systems, and genetic algorithms; and provides a self-contained introduction to chaotic systems. The text employs Lyapunov's stability theory as a unifying medium for different types of dynamical systems, using it--with its variants--to analyze dynamical system models. Specifically, optimal, fuzzy, sliding mode, and chaotic controllers are all constructed with the aid of the Lyapunov method and its extensions. In addition, a class of neural networks is also analyzed using Lyapunov's method. Ideal for advanced undergraduate and beginning graduate courses in systems and control, this text can also be used for introductory courses in nonlinear systems and modern automatic control. It requires working knowledge of basic differential equations and elements of linear algebra; a review of the necessary mathematical techniques and terminology is provided. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Modern Automatic Control text!
I highly recommend this text. Very clear, excellent examples and good coverage of the key topics of Modern Automatic (Optimal) Control.

5-0 out of 5 stars A valuable addition to your library
The important link between modeling and control of dynamical systems is once more emphasized in "Systems & Control" by Stanislaw H. Zak. The book is an excellent addition to the control literature as it revisits the mathematical modeling and analysis problems of dynamical systems while addressing the controller design problem by means of a variety of modern techniques.

Chapter 1 introduces the notion of a system and includes numerous examples illustrating the mathematical modeling of dynamical systems by ordinary differential equations. Chapter 2 is devoted to the analysis and approximate solution techniques of the model equations using phase-portraits, numerical methods, linearization and describing functions. Chapter 3 discusses the linear systems and serves as a warm-up for the nonlinear control methods to be addressed in the subsequent
chapters. Chapter 4 presents a thorough stability analysis as well as the essentials of the Lyapunov theory for both linear and nonlinear systems. With a section on the stabilizing state-feedback controllers, the reader also gets acquainted with the controller design based on the Lyapunov theory. Chapter 5 is dedicated to the optimal control of the dynamical systems. Especially, the section titled "A Glimpse at the Calculus of Variations" is very helpful in the sense that it equips the reader with the necessary tools required for the rest of the chapter. Variable structure systems are discussed and the design of sliding mode controllers is illustrated in Chapter 6. In Chapter 7, a combined controller-estimator compensator is designed for a class of dynamical systems using Lie derivatives and the vector field methods. Chapter 8 provides a comprehensive discussion of fuzzy logic and illustrates novel control strategies by fuzzy models including stabilizing and adaptive controllers. Chapter 9 is devoted to the study of neural networks from a dynamical system point of view. Genetic and evolutionary algorithms are studied in Chapter 10. Tracking control of a vehicle is accomplished by using an evolutionary fuzzy logic controller. Chapter 11 discusses the chaotic systems and fractals. The control of chaotic systems is also illustrated by an example in this chapter. An appendix on the essentials of mathematical background complements the material presented in this book.

The book is written in a textbook format and makes use of an understandable notation. It is well structured and the presentation is easy to follow making it useful as an upper level undergraduate or graduate level text. It will also be beneficial to researchers and practicing engineers as it covers the state-of-the-art control techniques. Each chapter is accompanied by a variety of examples and exercises to illustrate the applicability of the methods discussed. The book uses MATLAB/SIMULINK as a tool to provide a unifying environment for simulation purposes. With its extensive coverage of the current literature, it also serves as a reference book. The most powerful aspect of this book is that it establishes a bridge between the classical control problems and the most recent trends in control engineering. In conclusion, "Systems & Control" will be a valuable addition to the libraries of those interested in control of dynamical systems.

5-0 out of 5 stars A great introduction and reference book
This book covers a wide area of topics in systems and control theory and applications. In addition to the analysis of stability and optimal control in linear and nonlinear systems, the text provides a very good introduction to fuzzy systems, neural networks, genetic algorithms and chaotic systems. As the author states, the scope of the topics presented tries to emphasize the multidisciplinary role of nonlinear dynamics and control. By providing examples where the techniques of fuzzy logic, genetic algorithms and neural networks are used in real life control problems, it is shown how these new approaches complement the classical ones. To this end, Lyapunov's stability theory is employed as the common medium of analysis. This type of presentation facilitates a deeper understanding of the material by bringing the focus of different areas in the context of control and stability problem.
The book is well suited for senior or graduate course work and its comprehensive nature makes it also an excellent reference text for people who are interested in dynamical systems and control theory. A basic knowledge of linear algebra and calculus would be sufficient to understand most of the material covered and a brief mathematical background review is provided in the appendix. The fundamental concepts and how they relate to each other are clearly presented. The detailed worked out examples, taken mostly from literature or practical applications, form an integral part of the book and in some cases, used as a means to illustrate the theory itself. Many exercises, some involving software projects in MATLAB, are also provided at the end of each chapter.
This text offers a thorough and practical treatment of systems and control and provides a solid foundation for anyone in the field and is highly recommended. ... Read more


85. Reuse Methodology Manual for System-On-A-Chip Designs
by Michael Keating, Pierre Bricaud
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Asin: 1402071418
Catlog: Book (2002-06-01)
Publisher: Kluwer Academic Publishers
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Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Reuse Methodology Manual for System-on-a-Chip Designs, Third Edition outlines a set of best practices for creating reusable designs for use in an SoC design methodology. These practices are based on the authors' experience in developing reusable designs, as well as the experience of design teams in many companies around the world. Silicon and tool technologies move so quickly that many of the details of design-for-reuse will undoubtedly continue to evolve over time. But the fundamental aspects of the methodology described in this book have become widely adopted and are likely to form the foundation of chip design for some time to come.

Development methodology necessarily differs between system designers and processor designers, as well as between DSP developers and chipset developers. However, there is a common set of problems facing everyone who is designing complex chips.

In response to these problems, design teams have adopted a block-based design approach that emphasizes design reuse. Reusing macros (sometimes called "cores") that have already been designed and verified helps to address all of the problems above. However, in adopting reuse-based design, design teams have run into a significant problem. Reusing blocks that have not been explicitly designed for reuse has often provided little or no benefit to the team. The effort to integrate a pre-existing block into new designs can become prohibitively high, if the block does not provide the right views, the right documentation, and the right functionality.

From this experience, design teams have realized that reuse-based design requires an explicit methodology for developing reusable macros that are easy to integrate into SoC designs. This manual focuses on describing these techniques.

Features of the Third Edition:

Up to date; State of the art;Reuse as a solution for circuit designers;A chronicle of "best practices";All chapters updated and revised;Generic guidelines-non tool specific;Emphasis on hard IP and physical design. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Very useful in practice
This book pointed out many design problems that I just met before. Designer could avoid many of them by following the guidelines in this book. I think it would help me a lot in my design work. Thanks to the authors.

5-0 out of 5 stars Recommend it to every designer as a handbook
The guidelines are not difficult to understand, and you may have the pieces here and there. But this book has a broad coverage. I got this book by luck draw at SNUG. Didn't pay attention at first until I read it. Very well organized, very accurate description of the real feelings of doing a real chip. The methodology it talks about is not limited to "reuse". I suggest the auther change the title for next edition.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great baseline text for VLSI designers of all stripes
I really liked this book and found its rules and guidelines very useful. Many of the guidelines are common sense, but it is still very appropriate to have them codified in a single textbook. Practitioners of full-custom approaches to IC design will complain that this is an "ASIC" book. It does have some rules that folks from that background will find hard to swallow (eg, no latches, no gated clocks). But 70% of the book is still applicable to full custom design and will result in faster re-use of full custom cores. The book gets off to a fairly wooly start but becomes substantial with the RTL Coding Guidelines chapter. From then on, its really solid stuff. This is a good book for the times. With much discussion of design re-use and transferable intelectual property in the chip industry, it has all the hallmarks of becoming a 'bible' book for IC designers of all stripes. ... Read more


86. Sensors for Mobile Robots: Theory and Application
by H. R. Everett
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Asin: 1568810482
Catlog: Book (1995-06-01)
Publisher: AK Peters, Ltd.
Sales Rank: 118485
Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars One-of-a-kind text in mobile robotics
The author is one of the most renown in the field and reading this book you can see why in this one-of-a-kind book. This work documents many systems and techniques used in mobile robotics. It gives enough detail to provide a technical picture (without delving unnecessarily deep) for the sake of covering the broad range of topics. Although a bit dated as of this review I still would highly recommend this for educational and reference purposes in addition to leisure reading. Much of the technologies and techniques covered are still used in today's world and definitely will likely be applied, in many ways, to future technologies (robotic or otherwise). For persons with some science and engineering background, this is an excellent book that can help you take a step into the world of robotics.

5-0 out of 5 stars Amazing!
This book includes descriptions of an amazing variety of sensors. I had never even imagined some of these sensing devices. I used two of the sensing techniques for a class project and they got quite a bit of attention from others in the class because the sensors I chose were so unorthodox. You may think you have seen it all but you haven't unless you own this book!

2-0 out of 5 stars so so...
Book covers alot of topics related to robotics, but fails to do so at more detailed levels.
Good book for general information, but would not recommend it to anyone looking to get any "real" information for implementation.

5-0 out of 5 stars A MUST FOR ROBOTICS
This is simply a great book. I use it all the time for reference. If you are into robotics, this is a must.

5-0 out of 5 stars Simply The Best Technical Book I have Ever Read.
I read a lot of text books, papers and other references on Robots. I am always very carefull to research before I buy, and most books I get are at least interesting if not actually usefull. Sensors for Mobile Robots is both. It covers almost every type of sensor imaginable, and it does it very well. It includes both the Theory, Example and a vast wealth of helpful hints. In its limited size it would have been impossible to do more. This book should be in everyone's library that deals with robots, or even sensors in the real world.

Robert Posey ... Read more


87. Wörterbuch Industrielle Elektrotechnik, Energie- und Automatisierungstechnik / Dictionary of Electrical Engineering, Power Engineering and Automation...1: Deutsch-Englisch / Part 1: German-English
by Siemens-Sprachendienst Erlange
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Catlog: Book (2004-04-02)
Publisher: Wiley-VCH
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Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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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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4-0 out of 5 stars A must for German-English technical translators.
This is a reliable dictionary covering a wider area than is immediately apparent from the title. ... Read more


88. Optimal Controls (Lincoln Laboratory Publications)
by Michael & Falb, P. Athans
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Catlog: Book (1966-06-01)
Publisher: Mcgraw-Hill College
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89. Getting to Know ArcView GIS
by Editors of ESRI Press
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Asin: 1879102463
Catlog: Book (1999-05)
Publisher: ESRI Press
Sales Rank: 109604
Average Customer Review: 3.92 out of 5 stars
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This book with its illustrated exercises and CD-ROM support material, explain how GIS takes geographic information and makes it visually understandable to users. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Useful for class or self-study
I have repeatedly used this book as the first text in an ArcView-based university course on GIS. The book uses realistic problems and settings to illustrate, step-by-step, how ArcView can be used to solve the problems and perform the needed analyses. In so doing, it serves as a good introduction to vector data analysis.

The detailed illustrations and sample software (a CD with a version of ArcView restricted to the data on the CD) enable anybody to follow through this book and work at their leisure. The text is somewhere at a junior high school level in terms of what it assumes, but it is in no way patronizing or simplistic: even graduate students have found it useful.

Sometimes follow-on analyses are suggested or sketched, but no problems are given. This is a pity, because students need additional problems to reinforce what they have just learned. Once you work through all the steps that are shown, there's nothing much else left to do.

In a few cases, the suggested analytical method is deficient. For example, in an early chapter students are shown how to site a soccer field within an open space--but the solution they derive is incorrect because the features are not projected! Other than these few deficiencies, the book is accurate and free of mistakes.

This book covers only the basic capabilities of ArcView, although at the end it briefly describes raster analysis (Spatial Analyst) and network analysis (Network Analyst).

The good design, attention to detail, and experience with GIS as well as with the software let this book rise above many others of its genre.

3-0 out of 5 stars Getting to Know ArcView
This is another teaching book with a CD. The CD works well and does what it is supposed to do. Although the cover says the CD is a trial version of ArcView. That is just a lie. The CD contains a special version of ArcView that works only with the exercises.

The book spends too much time introducing itself. It is itself an introduction but the first 100 or so pages are spent saying what they resay in the remaining chapters; and with terms the novice will probably not understand at first. I found that the book had a hard time begining, kept thinking, "When are they going to get to the point?"

Would like to see more about how to convert raw data to a file that can displayed; it finally came in chapter in 25 but only briefly.

3-0 out of 5 stars For those needing fundamentals
I bought this book to update my ESRI skills. I felt like the majority of the book was just basics, and the functionality of the included CD was somewhat limited. I feel one of the most important basics is to be able to create a layer from scratch, you cannot do this with the trial version. I understand why this is from a legal point, but not a learning point. I felt like the tutorials were far too basic, and had more of an eye on the cartography than the science and analysis. Overall, its a good book for beginners, but the more savvy user would find this boring.

1-0 out of 5 stars WARNING! This is Book Only Covers ArcView 3!

OLD VERSION ALERT! OLD VERSION ALERT!

Be warned that this book covers ArcView 3.

As critical as it is to get the book that covers the correct version of the software that you have, it is amazing that the version number is not highlighted anywhere. (The only indication that this is not for a current version is the date of publication; I usually check the publishing date on any tech book, but somehow I missed it on this book.)

As for it's fitness as a guide to ArcView version 3, I can't honestly say...

4-0 out of 5 stars Perfect for novice.
High quality book, well presented. perfect for novice, except it doesn't match my requirement. Maybe the right book for me is 'How to begin a GIS project'. Any recommendation...? ... Read more


90. How to Do Everything With Your Scanner (How to Do Everything Series)
by Jill Gilbert
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Asin: 0072191066
Catlog: Book (2001-07-01)
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies
Sales Rank: 61486
Average Customer Review: 4.33 out of 5 stars
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Scan this book! Or, read it cover-to-cover. Either way, you’ll learn which scanner to purchase to suite your needs, important technical information about pixels and digital images, installation and calibration tips, and plenty of tricks to make scanning easier and more effective. Written for both PC and Mac users. ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars Misnomer for "How to do Everything with SCANNED IMAGES"
David Huss is a highly skilled digital imager, and a superb communicator to boot (see my rave review of his Photoshop Elements book). This paperback is no exception - other than that the title is a misnomer that leads one to expect an overview of scanning hardware. And that it ain't! Rather, the title should have been "How To Do Everything with >>Scanned Images<<", and that the author does very well indeed. If you had hoped to learn how scanners work (not even a diagram is provided) or how to get the most scanner for your budget - forget it. Moreover, the chapter on OCR (optical character recognition) is disappointing - many words but few pearls. To add to the confusion caused by the title, this paperback also appears as a hardcover book with precisely identical title, but entirely different author (of the opposite gender yet). Having said this, Mr Huss does a fabulous job of showing you how to scan photo's properly and, better yet, how to process the resulting digital images. The final chapters on correcting & enhancing photo's, and on restoring damaged photo's, rate 5 stars, making the book well worth the modest price. If only the title had not led to expectations unfulfilled.

3-0 out of 5 stars Thick but not deep...
I saw this book at the library and checked it out to read. The book has a lot of chapters and topics, but doesn't go into much depth in most areas. For example, the chapter on Optical Character Recognition (OCR) is 5 pages total. That includes some broad statements about how scanners do OCR, but no discussion of how to improve the processing, specific OCR software, etc.

The author seems to own PhotoSuite software (or it came with her scanner) since most examples of graphics software are presented with this package. No help with PaintShopPro, Photoshop, etc. if those are what you use.

This book may be useful to home users of scanners to add graphics to documents, retouch photos, etc. but this is NOT the book for people doing serious scanning applications. It is a misleading title that states "How to Do Everything".

5-0 out of 5 stars The Ultimate Scanner resource
Before reading through this book I only used my scanner to occassionaly scan photos. After reading through this book I discovered that I can do a whole lot more and my scanner is no longer gathering dust on my desktop anymore. The author has a very friendly (often humorous) style of writing that makes you feel he is actually talking with you one-to-one. This book should be included with every scanner that is made.

5-0 out of 5 stars Scanner book MUST HAVE the scanner book people dream about!
This book was amazing. I felt that the author really addressed the important questions I had about scanning and really taught me some cool things to do with my scanner. This book is an absolute must when buying or using a scanner, I felt that it should have been included with my scanner.

5-0 out of 5 stars To scan or not to scan....
This is quite possible one of the best "how to" books I have ever read. I have owned my scanner for several years and have never been able to produce anything better than a shabby reproduction, obviously attempted by someone that has absolutely no idea what to do. This book works great as either a reference or as a cover to cover read. Information is easily undrstood and thorough with step by step instructions and lots of great pictures. My ability to use my scanner has certainly improved. This book covers everything form selecting a scanner that is right for you to restoring old photos. ... Read more


91. Pattern Recognition, Second Edition
by Sergios Theodoridis, Konstantinos Koutroumbas
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Asin: 0126858756
Catlog: Book (2003-02)
Publisher: Academic Press
Sales Rank: 119758
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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*Approaches pattern recognition from the designer's point of view
*New edition highlights latest developments in this growing field, including independent components and support vector machines, not available elsewhere
*Supplemented by computer examples selected from applications of interest

Pattern recognition is a scientific discipline that is becoming increasingly important in the age of automation and information handling and retrieval. This volume's unifying treatment covers the entire spectrum of pattern recognition applications, from image analysis to speech recognition and communications. This book presents cutting-edge material on neural networks, - a set of linked microprocessors that can form associations and uses pattern recognition to "learn". A direct result of more than 10 years of teaching experience, the text was developed by the authors through use in their own classrooms.

*Approaches pattern recognition from the designer's point of view
*New edition highlights latest developments in this growing field, including independent components and support vector machines, not available elsewhere
*Supplemented by computer examples selected from applications of interest
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5-0 out of 5 stars Supplementary.
"Thus researchers from all walks of pattern recognition should get something out of this book."

I agree.

5-0 out of 5 stars An excellent book for pattern recognition
I think the authors provide a nice balance between theory and practice. On one hand, the algorithms presented can and are meant to be implemented for testing. On the other hand, the authors provide a fairly sound mathematical treatment of areas such as Markov Models, clustering, and template matching. Most important, the authors do not focus attention only on one type of problem (e.g. character recognition). Thus researchers from all walks of pattern recognition should get something out of this book.

Two big thumbs up!

5-0 out of 5 stars Continuing...
I am working on a project and I am constantly getting inspired from this book. This book seems to have the practical power of Rogers(Computer Graphics) writting while keeping the theoretical dichipline. So you can safetly combine algorithms and be sure that you are walking on a correct path, simply buy this book all of you who are fed up with a book fool of formulas and "chatting" without practise it will probably save you from a lot of searching. Thats the end of my review. I think I said enough good things and a little criticism on this book.

5-0 out of 5 stars Good Job...
Nice Job. I was (un)lucky to have these fellows as teachers. What they tell in this book is a refined version of the truth...everything "magic" becomes not "magic" if only you can unravel its mysteries, see the limitations and possibly design sth with better bandwidth and then be honest and help others to see the limitations etc...etc. Well mr.Thodoridis "harem" :-) should be proud of him. But still this book could have been better. This is because because mathematics are just numbers if they do not speak to you. Do not expect to find the magic of "Luenberger" or "Brigham" inside this book. But a honest and up to date investigation of theory refined with practise. Also they could have been more illustrative. For example chapter 2 Page 18 at the end. Actualy the pdf of is "shrinking" by a factor L21/L12 < 1. Then draw the pdf on figure 2_1 with dashed lines and then show that xo is moved to the left. This is what I call that maths are speaking to you... Anyway you can not find a person who is perfect as this would mean a signal with a band equal to 1 with IFT equal to a Dirac line ... simply impossible! :-) Buy this book, but I really sugest that it should be studied in an "academic" enviroment. See the quotes I make is just to state the fact that in these times we are living everything is possible... ... Read more


92. Introduction to Computer Numerical Control (CNC) (3rd Edition)
by James V. Valentino, Joseph Goldenberg
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Using a practical, step-by-step approach, easy-to-follow language, an abundance of graphics, and state-of-the-art professional machining simulation/verification software, this text/CD-ROM package gradually develops the most fundamental concepts in CNC (Computer Numerical Control) technology—with a focus on word address (G and M code) programming for the industry standard Fanuc controllers. An emphasis on program pattern recognition helps readers learn to organize lines of CNC code into specific groups that execute particular machining operations. Contains self-contained, thoroughly tested program listings, over 92 completely solved programming examples, over 165 self-contained programming exercises, a review of important mathematical principles, and quick-reference appendixes. The accompanying software can be run on many types of computer platforms.Modern Machine Tool Controls. Tooling for Hole and Milling Operations. Features of CNC Machining Centers. Review of Basic Blueprint Reading. Review of Basic Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing. Mathematics for CNC Programming. An Overview of CNC Shop Activities. Word Address Programming. Programming Hole Operations.Programming Linear Profiles. Programming Circular Profiles.Programming with Cutter Diameter Compensation. Programming with Subprograms. Introduction to the CNC Lathe. Fundamental Concepts of CNC Lathe Programming. Techniques and Fixed Cycles for CNC Lathe Programming. Modern Computer-Aided Part Programming. Elements of the Computer-Controlled Factory. Verifying Part Programs.For CNC Programmers/Operators, Machinists, Process Engineers, Industrial Engineers, Shop Operators/Managers, Planners, Coordinators, Sales Personnel. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Great book for getting started
When I wanted to make a career change, this book was my primer on the basics of CNC programming and machining. It helped me to quickly pick up the essentials of this manufacturing process. I recommend it to anyone who wishes to get a foundation or refresher course in the basics, such as understanding shop math, G code programming, tooling, set-ups, speeds and feeds etc. These are the necessary building blocks for success in this field.

5-0 out of 5 stars The best illustrated CNC text on the market
This book is probably one of the best Tech texts that I have yet seen. It covers a wide range of topics and keeps the reader interested with very good photograps and 3D drawings. There are several chapters for beginners to deal with shop trigonometry, metalworking data, blueprint reading, as well as a nice overview of CNC Mill and Lathe programming.
If Peter Smid's book is the best reference on the topic of CNC Programming, this book certainly is a close second for value. This book's contents are not as advanced as Mr. Smid's work, but it is more than adequate for most students in college, university, and apprentices wishing to learn the trade.

Good job!

Peter Eigler ... Read more


93. Maximum Accessibility: Making Your Web Site More Usable for Everyone
by John M. Slatin, Sharron Rush
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5-0 out of 5 stars The best book around on accessibility
This book beats the others I've seen hands down. Not only does it explain exactly what the problems are; it also tells you how to go about fixing them, in detail, including code solutions in some places. Where there aren't solutions it presents very useful workarounds.

The W3C guidelines only take you so far. This book gets you to the next level, and helps you start thinking the right way so you can solve new problems that come up in a similar fashion.

Now, if someone would only write a book on making web sites *usable* for people with disabilities (not just accessible), we'd be laughing.

5-0 out of 5 stars The best book on web accessibility. Period.
I'll just come right out and say it: Dr. John Slatin and Sharron Rush have written what is going to become an industry standard text for web accessibility.

The few other books on web accessibility have only certain strong points, or are overviews lacking concrete direction. Not so with Maximum Accessibility. Slatin & Rush present a comprehensive evaluation of the state of the industry in regard to web accessibility, a summary (perhaps the most comprehensive, yet readable, I've ever found) of U.S. and international law pertaining to accessibility for the disabled, and [perhaps the most compelling parts of the book] personal looks at disabled users' interactions using popular web sites to do everyday tasks. [A side note: congratulations to amazon.com for their willing paricipation in the book (including permission for many screenshots), and for being forthright in admitting when they could do things better for disabled users -- and then doing them. On the contrary: shame on the Salt Lake Winter Olympic Organizing Committee for being made aware of huge problems, admitting they knew about it, then refusing to return the authors' calls after they had promised to work with them, and finally refusing permission to use screenshots from their web site in the book.]

More than just presenting an overview, though, Slatin & Rush delve into the code behind the page presentation (something like Nielsen's "50 Web Pages Deconstructed" -- not surprising, since he wrote the foreward for Maximum Accssibility). They identify problems, explain *why* they are problems, demonstrate ways to fix (or improve) them, or, when things just can't be fixed, offer suggestions on ways to provide equivalent content that is accessible. In short, Maximum Accessibility is "one stop shopping" for improving the accessibility of web sites: from why, to where, to how, the information is in here, it's current, and it represents the best practices of a large segment of the technology industry.

A substantial portion of the population has at least some form of disability. A substantal number of them actively use the web. From a purely profit-driven motive, why would you want to exclude potential customers from your site? From a purely legal point of view, you may be required to provide accessibility, depending on your type of company or organization and the services you provide. From a purely moral standpoint, it's just the right thing to take some very simple steps to ensure your information is available to all. And from an egocentric/pragmatic viewpoint, well-constructed accessible web design generally makes the web experience better for everyone -- including you. Code the way you hope others would code for you -- or for your aging mom, or your disabled brother, or your child with a disability. Maximum Accessibility provides background and reasoning to address all these concerns, as well as practicable, "nuts & bolts" advice on how to fix problems - or code without problems to begin with.

I highly recommend Maximum Accessibility to *all* individuals and organizations involved with web content development, design, and management. It will be money very well spent. If you're in the industry, buy two and give one to your CIO! ;-) ... Read more


94. Remote Sensing Digital Image Analysis: An Introduction
by J. A. Richards, Xiuping Jia, John A. Richards
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Catlog: Book (1999-06-01)
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The book provides the non-specialist with an introduction to quantitative evaluation of satellite and aircraft derived remotely retrieved data. Each chapter covers the pros and cons of digital remotely sensed data, without detailed mathematical treatment of computer based algorithms, but in a manner conductive to an understanding of their capabilities and limitations. Problems conclude each chapter. This third edition of a well-established introductory text presents the complete spectrum of acquisition, analysis and processing of remotely sensed data. The revisions reflect the developments in satellite and sensor programs as well as new processing techniques. A new chapter addresses hyperspectral image processing, and chapter twelve has been completely recast to focus it on data fusion. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars One of the best books in remote sensing
The book by John Richards and Xiuping Jia is one of the best introductory books in the field of remote sensing. This work may be used as a textbook in a one semester course. This book is well organized, technically correct, with a reasonable level of mathematics for those new in the field.

5-0 out of 5 stars Remote Sensing
I'm Forest Engennering and i work with Remote Sensing, so i would like to purchase a books of this. ... Read more


95. Applied Robotics
by Edwin Wise
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Catlog: Book (1999-09-01)
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A hands-on introduction to the field of robotics, this book will guide the hobbyist through the issues and challenges of building a working robot.Each chapter builds upon the previous one, extending a core robot project throughout the book.Examples of chapters include:Mechanical Platforms, Power Supplies, Adding Sense, Microcontrollers, Insect Robots, Pneumatics, More Behavior and Intelligence, Programming Projects, Robot Behaviors, and much more. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Finally, an ATMEL based book!!
Good to know that there is a book out there that offers treatment of a more modern microcontroller (as opposed to PIC or 8051 controllers).

This book is full of great examples and psuedocode, from very basic circuits (get your feet wet!!) to the more complex fuzzy logic circuits.

I would have liked to have seen more time devoted to the fuzzy logic algorithms and explanations and less to blinking LEDs, but oh well. The author presents his own language "Fuzbol" which may or may not be useful to hobbyists...it has an interesting syntax that's vaguely C-like.

Overall, this is a well thought out book and far more useful than some of the other "classics" out there. A recommended purchase for hobbyists or students (more advanced might find this too simple).

5-0 out of 5 stars Very good introduction to robotics
I used this book in conjunction with Gordon McComb's Robot Builder's Bonanza. The book provides step by step instructions for building a mobile robot and in doing so eliminates most of the apprehensions of a beginning robot builder. The book is somewhat specific and is not very detailed. The author however, is extermely helpful and responsive to questions and problems encountered. I e-mailed him numerous times and received immediate responses- the deciding factor in making this a five star book.

3-0 out of 5 stars A Useful Supplementary Resource
Those familiar with Gordon McComb's 'Robot Builder's Bonanza' know that he interacts with and leverages off of developments in the hobby robotics community, soliciting ideas from readers and referring them to a plethora of resources outside of himself. Edwin Wise's 'Applied Robotics' is more of a one-man show. Whereas 'Bonanza' provides individual chapters devoted to describing three different MCUs, and allows the reader to use his / her own judgment in selecting one, Wise relies exclusively on the Atmel AT8515. Though very good, Atmel is not the most common choice among amateur roboticists, and this will limit the reader's ability to find kindred spirits in clubs or cyberspace when the inevitable questions arise. Nor is the AT8515 a beginner's MCU. All of the book's code samples are written in a single, proprietary programming language developed by the author himself, called Fuzbol. This language incorporates fuzzy logic capabilities as its primary feature, and for those interested in fuzzy logic, Wise provides a more complete introduction than I have seen elsewhere. However, "[m]ath in Fuzbol is very slow," Wise says on p. 165. "[D]ivision is the worst, then multiplication. The slowest of all is real-valued math and it is best to avoid it unless necessary." In the preface, Wise refers to Applied Robotics as a beginner's guide, and as a book that may provide new ideas and techniques for the advanced builder. I would actually call this an intermediate-level hobbyist's guide. The advanced builder is familiar with almost all of the concepts addressed, while the bona fide beginner is likely to have difficulty with much of what lies beyond Chapter 6. Wise assumes his readers are familiar with computers and electronic circuits. If you do not know what 'edge-triggered' means, what a quad NOR gate is, or what a pullup is, you will need to do some remedial work with outside materials before you will understand this book. Wise's readers really should have ready access to a PC; Mac users are discouraged on p. 118. The program listings at the end of the book are designed to generate robotic behaviors such as 'aggression' (charging a light source), 'fear' (avoiding a light source), 'love', 'insecurity' and others. I really enjoyed Chapter 13, which treats pneumatics. Unlike other authors, Wise describes pneumatics in terms of circuits, providing interesting schematic conventions for air instead of electrons that I have not seen in other books. I also enjoyed Chapter 11, which deals mainly with sensors. Overall, I am pleased that I read the book. I would not personally rely upon it as a primary source, as I rely on 'Bonanza'. I am wary of its reliance on a single MCU, of its reliance on a proprietary language, and of the fact that readers who follow the book's guidelines ultimately produce only a system more or less identical to Wise's rather than one of their own design, but I value Applied Robotics as an addition to my library and as a reference source.

5-0 out of 5 stars A great book for any hobbyist
This book is wonderful for the small time robot enthusiast. It starts from scratch, with the basics so anyone can follow along, and moves into more advanced and interesting robot behaviors. I built a small mobile robot and bought his kit, and now have a fully programmed robot that I can tinker with. It also includes a great programming language fuzBol that uses fuzzy logic, and some great ideas for future experiments.

5-0 out of 5 stars Applied Robotics
A great book! Sure to warm the hearts of hardware hackers everywhere. If you want to get into robotics and you would prefer to build a small robot of your own design rather than buying an off-the-shelf robot or kit then this book is for you. Well organized, engaging and clearly written this book will give you the information you need to engineer your own robot. The book includes a CD that contains a fuzzy logic programming language as well as other software developement tools for the reccomended Atmel MCU. This seems like a real bargain in a meaty book that costs under 25 dollars. Edwin Wise also sells inexpensive kits containing electronic and mechanical parts from his company website. If you love the smell of a hot soldering iron, buy this book! ... Read more


96. Two-Dimensional Phase Unwrapping : Theory, Algorithms, and Software
by Dennis C.Ghiglia, Mark D.Pritt
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Catlog: Book (1998-04-17)
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A resource like no other-the first comprehensive guide to phase unwrapping

Phase unwrapping is a mathematical problem-solving technique increasingly used in synthetic aperture radar (SAR) interferometry, optical interferometry, adaptive optics, and medical imaging. In Two-Dimensional Phase Unwrapping, two internationally recognized experts sort through the multitude of ideas and algorithms cluttering current research, explain clearly how to solve phase unwrapping problems, and provide practicable algorithms that can be applied to problems encountered in diverse disciplines. Complete with case studies and examples as well as hundreds of images and figures illustrating the concepts, this book features:
* A thorough introduction to the theory of phase unwrapping
* Eight algorithms that constitute the state of the art in phase unwrapping
* Detailed description and analysis of each algorithm and its performance in a number of phase unwrapping problems
* C language software that provides a complete implementation of each algorithm
* Comparative analysis of the algorithms and techniques for evaluating results
* A discussion of future trends in phase unwrapping research
* Foreword by former NASA scientist Dr. John C. Curlander

Two-Dimensional Phase Unwrapping skillfully integrates concepts, algorithms, software, and examples into a powerful benchmark against which new ideas and algorithms for phase unwrapping can be tested. This unique introduction to a dynamic, rapidly evolving field is essential for professionals and graduate students in SAR interferometry, optical interferometry, adaptive optics, and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).
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5-0 out of 5 stars Valuable book for workers in the field of phase unwrapping
This book is a very specialized book and is of little interest to most readers, but for readers working in the field of phase unwrapping this book is a must. This book gives methods of solving phase unwrapping problems. Four path-following and four minimum-norm techniques are described. A detailed analysis is presented for each algorithm. The distinctive feature of each algorithm is given and the algorithms are ranked in terms of their execution times, memory requirements, and successes and failures on the phase unwrapping examples. Guidelines are given for deciding which algorithm applies to a given problem. A suite of C language programs and routines comprising over 6000 lines of source code that implement the ideas and algorithms discussed in the book, and data sets, can be downloaded from the Wiley FTP site. ... Read more


97. Robot Programming : A Practical Guide to Behavior-Based Robotics
by Joe Jones, Daniel Roth
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5-0 out of 5 stars Valuable tips learned the hard way
This book is a collection of tips for robot design that you would otherwise have to learn the hard way through many years of experience. The author provides an overview of techniques that work, as well as common mistakes; overall, an approach for successful design patterns proven over time.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Practical Guide Indeed
You can really see that Jones knows what he is talking about reading this book, and you can see the influence participation in making a practical robot (Roomba) for mass production has had on Jones thinking. Previously Jones authored _Mobile Robots_ with Anita Flynn, a product of MIT research. Now Jones brings many practical and useful explanations in very easily understood terms to the beginner, and hidden depth to the experienced robot programmer. While many of the research level books talk "about" Behavior-Based Programming in general terms, Jones descends into specifics, such as the inner workings of arbitration, and some of the different schemes used, and the difference between ballistic and servo behaviors. Well written, an easy read, and deceptively meaty exercises. One of the appendices of the book cover some much-needed common algorithms. Another the mathematics of differential drive. Plus, this book has a companion web site, also covered in a appendix, written by Daniel Roth, where you can get your own free virtual robot to "play" with and control. You can run your own experiments with their pre-canned behaviors, and watch the results of your concept level programming in simulated action. More than a book, this is a learning opportunity for anyone wanting to understand practical robot programming "behavior style". ... Read more


98. The Reproduction of Colour (The Wiley-IS&T Series in Imaging Science and Technology)
by R.W.G.Hunt
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Completely revised and updated, this book has become a standard work in this area and is widely used as a basis for lectures in universities and specialist institutions. Includes information on the latest digital and printing technologies and is illustrated with many new photographs and diagrams. Divided into six parts, the book presents the foundations of colour imaging and colour reproduction before going on to discuss how these basic principles can be applied to photography, television, printing and digital imaging. The final part deals with the evaluation of colour appearance. The Reproduction of Colour presents a tried-and-tested balance of theory and practical application, which will appeal to both students and practicing engineers.

  • Describes the fundamental principles of colour reproduction for photography, television, printing and electronic imaging.
  • Provides detailed coverage of the physics of light and the chemistry of colorants.
  • Includes new chapters on digital printing and digital imaging discussing colour reproduction on HDTV and digital cinema systems.
  • Features expanded coverage of the evaluation of colour appearance, including a detailed treatment of colour appearance models and the colour inconstancy index.
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5-0 out of 5 stars The definitive reference on the reproduction of color.
The author has an impressive array of initials after his name; he is, amongst other things, a Doctor of Science, a Member of the Imperial College, an Associate of the Royal College of Science, and a Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society as well as a Visiting Professor of Physiological Optics and of Colour Science, and a former Assistant Director of Research at Kodak. He has also been Chairman of the Colorimetry Committee of the International Commision on Illumination, and Chairman of the International Colour Association.

First published in 1957 and now in its much enhanced 5th edition, The Reproduction of Colour is the most comprehensive single resource available. Two quotes from the preface to the 5th edition describe what it is about:

"The object (is to present) the fundamental principles of colour reproduction, whether by photography, television, or printing in the hopes that all those engaged in producing, selling, buying, or using colour pictures will be able to see the nature of the problems they encounter. Those who want a general statement on colour reproduction will find it in the first part, and those who want a more detailed discussion of any one application in which they are particularly interested (will find it) in the later parts." and "The reproduction of colour involves physiology, psychology, physics, chemistry, and technology. presents complexities, (and) involves a wide variety of enterprises". Even though there are individuals skilled in processing and printing their own color film, and DTP bureaux had taken over some of the work of traditional printing houses, color reproduction was, until not so long ago, the province of technicians in the photographic, printing, and television industries, Now we have crossed the threshold of a new era in which a massive technology transfer is taking place, putting effective control over color into the hands of a much wider range of users. Even home users now have available to them very powerful tools that enable production of images that are, to the ordinary eye, indistinguishable from quality photographic prints.

That brings with it a need to understand the technology of color reproduction, and the definitive text is Dr Hunt's book. I have rated it 10/10 because of the remarkably wide range of disciplines covered and its astounding technical depth. Without it most of the information presented would have to be gleaned from numerous other books, professional journals, and published papers. Further, one does not have to have a scientific background to gain some understanding of what is involved in the reproduction of color. The fields covered television, photography, and printing are becoming less discrete with the application of digital technology; those who use computerized systems for the reproduction of color images will find relevant information spread throughout most parts of this book.

It is not a popular account, a color-for-cretins guide, or a how-to manual. This is a technical resource written in a style that makes it readable without diluting its professional integrity. Not all readers will need, or even want, to know the chemical structure of cyclic methylene magneta couplers, but may want information about the effects of signal processing on color reproduction. In what other recently published text would one find a comparison table of film speeds that includes the Weston system?

The Reproduction of Colour should be in any library with holdings on technical subjects; professionals in DTP, printing, photolabs, television, and digital imaging should have it; and anyone teaching or studying graphic arts, computer science, photography, printing, or subjects related to television technology should be aware of this edition. A check of some large libraries suggests that librarians may think earlier editions are good enough, but new developments demand this latest edition. Teachers of science in sub-tertiary institutions may well find this a useful text for its practical application of science to topical real-life problems.

The book is divided into parts: Fundamentals, Color Photography, Color Television, Color Printing, and Evaluating Color Appearance. Each chapter opens with an introduction that provides a succinct overview of the topic. Reviewed by Major Keary [majkeary@netspace.net.au] ... Read more


99. Introduction to Robotics in CIM Systems (5th Edition)
by James A. Rehg
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Written from a manufacturing perspective, this book takes readers step-by-step through the theory and application techniques of designing and building a robot-driven automated work cell—from selection of hardware through programming of the devices to economic justification of the project. All-inclusive in approach, it covers not only robot automation, but all the other technology needed in the automated work cell to integrate the robot with the work environment and with the enterprise data base. Robot and other required automation hardware and software are introduced in the order in which they would be selected in an actual industrial automation design. Includes system troubleshooting guides, case studies problems, and worked example problems.Robot Classification. Automated Work Cells and CIM Systems. End-of-Arm Tooling. Automation Sensors. Work-Cell Support Systems. Robot and System Integration. Work-Cell Programming. Justification and Applications of Work Cells. Safety. Human Interface: Operator Training, Acceptance, and Problems.For those interested in Robotics and Manufacturing Automation or Production Design. ... Read more


100. Robotics: Designing the Mechanisms for Automated Machinery
by B. Z. Sandler, Ben-Zion Sandler
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Robotics, Second Edition is an essential addition to the toolbox of any engineer or hobbyist involved in the design of any type of robot or automated mechanical system. It is the only book available that takes the reader through a step-by step design process in this rapidly advancing specialty area of machine design.
This book provides the professional engineer and student with important and detailed methods and examples of how to design the mechanical parts of robots and automated systems.Most robotics and automation books today emphasis the electrical and control aspects of design without any practical coverage of how to design and build the components, the machine or the system. The author draws on his years of industrial design experience to show the reader the design process by focusing on the real, physicalparts of robots and automated systems.

* Answers the questions: How are machines built? How do they work? How does one best approach the design process for a specific machine?
* Thoroughly updated with new coverage of modern concepts and techniques, such as rapid modeling, automated assembly, parallel-driven robots and mechatronic systems
* Calculations for design completed with Mathematica which will help the reader through its ease of use, time-saving methods, solutions to nonlinear equations, and graphical display of design processes
* Use of real-world examples and problems that every reader can understand without difficulty
* Large number of high-quality illustrations
* Self-study and homework problems are integrated into the text along with their solutions so that the engineering professional and the student will each find the text very useful
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5-0 out of 5 stars Cool stuff - well written
Includes tons of drawings of robotics components. It contains illustrated passages about nearly every mechanical component out there. The drawings are clear and simple. Each has a well-written description. An interesting book for anyone mechanically inclined. For engineers it has tables and equations to lay out some of the mechanisms. It also It is an excellent idea jogger and a fun read if you like mechanical stuff. A great book!

5-0 out of 5 stars Real robotics for real engineers.
This is what real robots are all about -- machines that labor away, doing work without our help, not souped up remote control cars with saw blades and flipper arms (amusing as they might be).

You've seen them on T.V. -- giant arms that weld cars together, pistons and arms that stack and organize a bundle of newspapers, the vibrating tumbler where all the exiting parts are facing the same way, and a conveyor belt arrayed with perfect tablets (because the broken ones have been rejected out).

Learn:

...Systematic planning of robotic automation

...Different driving mechanism (motors, hydraulics, ...)

...Kinematics of machines (actuators, cams, vibrations)

...Transportation systems (conveyors, rotating table, vibration beds)

...Feeding and orientation (arrange all parts the same way, pull parts from bins and magazines, reject off-spec pieces)

...Mechanisms (automatic assembly, inspection, grippers, guides, even walking robots)

This book clearly explains the mechanics behind these robots, from general theories of operation (suitable for beginners) to the intimate formulas that optimize the mechanisms (great reference for practicing machine makers).

This is not a hobbyist "how-to" cook book, so don't expect plans or instructions on how to build such machines. To put the information to good use, you need to have good machining (metal work) skills. Still, it's a great book even if you're just curious about the topic. ... Read more


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