ECN Meeting: "The Entrepreneur Path: From Concept to Corporation"
Event: Lunch and Discussion
Talk: "The Entrepreneur Path"
Date/Time: Thursday, June 8th, from 11:45 AM
until 1:00 PM
Speaker: Dominic DiMarco, QBE Insurance, Inc.
Location: Sector67 2100
RSVP: Please Register at the IEEE Madison Section event
Non-member guests are always welcome.
Talk: After traveling around the Globe , Dominic has
returned to Madison and is now part of an organization that funds
start-ups. Bring your questions for discussion and see what
Dominic has to offer.
Speaker: Dominic DiMarco is currently the
Entrepreneur in Residence at QBE America where he applies
non-corporate thinking to the corporate environment. Dominic has
been taking things apart to see how they work his whole life,
which is how he found himself cruising IRC channels to learn how
to write code for the iPhone well before Apple released an SDK. In
2011 he co-founded MobileIgniter -- an Internet of Things guide to
manufacturers, retailers, and service providers.
Section Meeting: "Collaborative Robots: Future of Automation and
Event: Dinner and Discussion
Talk: "Collaborative Robots: Future of Automation and
Date/Time: Thursday, June 22nd, from 5:30 PM
until 7:00 PM
Speaker: Dr. Bandara Gamini, UW-Platteville
Location: Madison Sequoya Library Branch, Meeting
4340 Tokay Blvd.
RSVP: Please Register at the IEEE Madison Section event
Non-member guests are always welcome.
Talk: Flexible automation is a crucial factor in the
survival of enterprises. This presentation addresses the emerging
field of collaborative robots, robots working as robots should…
robots are collaborating with humans to improve performance and
Speaker: Bandara Gamini is a faculty member at the
University of Wisconsin-Platteville.
May LMAG Talk and Tour of Rockwell Soft Switching Technology:
(Review by Dave Jensen) On May 11th, 2017, the IEEE Life Member
Affinity Group sponsored a Talk and Tour
at Rockwell Automation / Softswitching Technologies, 8155 Forsythia
Street, Middleton, Wisconsin. Participants numbered approximately
14, consisting of LMAG and Madison Section members. The meeting
started at 5:00 PM, socializing with pizza. At 5:30 PM, Chuck Kime,
LMAG Chair, introduced speakers, Dr. Bill Brumsickle and Josh
Kagerbauer. Title of the talk was “Voltage Quality for Automated
Processes”. Bill Brumsickle started the talk by describing a
technique to detect and record short term voltage sags that can
disrupt critical manufacturing processes. Then he presented a
product solution called a Dynamic Sag Corrector or DySC. There are
single-phase and three-phase models, but both store energy in an
array of electrolytic capacitors. When voltage sags occur not
exceeding 50%, a voltage doubling circuit and inverter brings the
waveform back to full value without discharging bus capacitors. If
voltage sags exceed 50%, stored energy from the bus capacitors is
employed. There are some limitations to correction duration such as
capacitor energy storage and power semiconductor thermal capacity.
Josh Kagerbauer continued with a tour of the manufacturing facility.
This gave us an opportunity to see the product in various sizes and
configurations in addition to the factory assembly and test
stations. We learned that each DySC receives a burn-in at 40 degrees
Centigrade. Banks of resistors located outdoors provide loading.
Josh concluded the tour with a demo of a three- phase sag and
correction on a large DySC. The talk and tour were well-received
judging from questions asked and interaction between group and
presenters. Meeting adjourned at 7:00 PM.
Dave Jensen, Secretary for the LMAG, has prepared a detailed report
(with pictures) here
and a photo collection here. May Section Meeting Talk: (Review by CJ Gervasi) Dr.
Christopher DeMarco talked to our Section about electricity
markets. He explained how utilities trade power in a market of
widely fluctuating prices. Power companies sell power, i.e.
power (usually measured in watts) to turn on an appliance that uses
the power immediately. In the future the focus may be on
selling energy, as people use electricity to charge batteries in
electric cars. In this case people want a certain amount of
energy (Wh), but they would like to buy it at the time of night when
power is cheapest.
The incremental cost of a power source is the extra costs in fuel
you have to pay to get more power. Turbines typically have a
spot toward the top of the maximum output where they’re most
efficient. Photovoltaic and wind power have zero incremental
cost because they take no fuel. This is a huge advantage, but
a huge disadvantage is you cannot control the amount of power you
get to respond to market demand.
The electric grid has changed over the years from a command and
control model using engineering principles to a market-based
economy. We generally believe that market forces should be the
most efficient way to determine which source in which location
should be providing power, but market efficiency depends heavily on
the infrastructure. One interesting twist resulting from
photovoltaic electricity is there a greater slope in the increase in
demand in the late afternoon because the sun is going down at the
same time people are coming home and turning on air conditioning and
other high-power appliances.
We think of power as being the main product an electric company
provides, much of the value is in the service of maintaining tight
tolerances on frequency and voltage while efficiently moving power
from various sources to consumers.
The June ECN Meeting
will feature Dominic DiMarco, formerly of MobleIgniter, an IoT
startup. He is now on the other side of the fence with the QBE
Group, giving advice to startups (and sometimes cash). Note
the date change for that meeting. The June Section Meeting will
feature a dinner and evening lecture by Dr. Bandara Gamini from
UW-Platteville. He will speak about Collaborative robots,
geared towards manufacturing & applied automation. No
meeting is planned for July at this time.
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