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Tool School: The Missing Manual for your Tools

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

toolBy Monte Burch

For many woodworkers, buying new tools can mean a lot of guesswork and experimentation. Tool School eliminates the trepidation, saves time, and allows woodworkers to start using their tools correctly and safely. It covers everything from what to look for when purchasing tools to correct usage for safety and accuracy. Both portable and stationary woodworking tools are covered through extensive photography and illustrations. These days most tools come with what amounts to a pamphlet of safety advice that contains little information about how things work—this book is the missing instruction manual. Call Number TT186 .B825 2008

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Pipefitters Handbook

Friday, October 3, 2008

by Forrest R. Lindsey, Forrest R. Lindsey

Call # TH6711 .L5 1967


Compact and pocket-sized, this handy reference contains thousands of facts and figures relevant to pipefitters, steamfitters-anyone concerned with layout and installation of pipe.

* Provides answers to all sorts of problems indigenous to power and industrial pipebending, and the fabrication of welding fittings in both shop and field.
* Logically categorizes all material according to job description, supporting each working table with a clear example of how to use it.
* Includes a special reference section that gives instant data on the 24 most useful on-the-job subjects, such as spark tests for metals, sheet metal weights, valve types, weights and measures, and many more.
* Discusses all types of bends; elbows, tees, and crosses; plastic pipe; soldering and brazing; travel and run; fitting dimensions; threading pipe; relative physical properties; and more.

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Audel Managing Maintenance Planning and Scheduling

Friday, July 25, 2008

by Michael V. Brown

Call Number: TS192 .B75 2004

Brown (a principal of New Standard Institute, Inc.) offers a primer on the management of industrial maintenance planning and scheduling. Chapters discuss defining the level of maintenance; job estimation methods; planning and estimating electrical work; understanding preventive and predictive maintenance; scheduling methods; planning for shutdowns, turnarounds, and outages; gathering data for maintenance performance indices; using indices to measure performance; and using multiskill training. (Description by

American National Standard for Industrial Robots and Robots Systems: Safety Requirements

Friday, July 25, 2008

By Robotics Industries Association

Call Number: TS191.8 .A43 1999

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Audel Welding Pocket Reference

Thursday, July 24, 2008

by James E. Brumbaugh

Call Number: TS227 .B848 2007

Featuring updated charts dealing with the most common situations welding workers face on the job , this comprehensive, pocket-sized reference is based on recommendations from working professionals and covers welding symbols and definitions, types of joints and welds, typical welding station configurations, oxygen cylinders, arc-welding charts, U.S metric measures, and more. (Description by

Scientific American Cutting-Edge Science: 21st-Century Robotics

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Manufactured by Rosen Publishing Group

Call Number: TJ211.15 .A14 2007

Description not available

The Unofficial LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT Inventor’s Guide

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

by David J. Perdue

Call Number: TJ211 .P435 2008

The LEGO® MINDSTORMS® NXT set includes a variety of powerful electronic parts (motors, sensors, and the programmable NXT microcomputer) and lots of building elements. With these parts you can create thousands of unique, intelligent robots. The Unofficial LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT Inventor’s Guide helps you to harness the capabilities of the NXT set and effectively plan, build, and program your own NXT robots.

The first part of the book contains a brief introduction to the NXT set. You’ll then examine the pieces in the NXT set and the roles they play in construction. Next, you’ll learn practical building techniques, like how to build sturdy structures and work with gears. Then it’s time to learn how to program with the official NXT-G programming language (and learn a bit about several unofficial programming languages). You’ll also learn what author David J. Perdue calls the MINDSTORMS method: a strategy for creating your own robots. Finally, you’ll follow step-by-step instructions for building, programming, and testing six sample robots (all of which can be built using only the parts found in one NXT set). These six robots include:

  • Zippy-Bot, a two-wheeled vehicle with a ball caster
  • Bumper-Bot, a version of Zippy-Bot that explores your room and avoids objects
  • Claw-Bot, a version of Zippy-Bot that searches for objects and pushes them away with its claw
  • Tag-Bot, a four-wheeled steering vehicle that dashes around while you try to “tag” it with a flashlight
  • Guard-Bot, a six-legged walking robot that launches a ball at intruders
  • Golf-Bot, a stationary robot that finds a target and then hits a ball into the target

You’ll also find an NXT-G Quick Reference, which provides information on the 30 types of standard programming blocks, and the LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT Piece Library, which features detailed information and images of the more than 80 types of LEGO pieces in the NXT set.

So go ahead. Grab your NXT set, fire up your creative mind, and see what you can invent with The Unofficial LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT Inventor’s Guide. (Description by

The Lego Mindstorms NXT Idea Book: Design, Invent, and Build

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

by Martin Boogaarts, Jim Kelly, et al.

Call Number: TJ211 .L4525 2007

If you’re serious about having fun with LEGO robotics, you’ve come to the right place. The team behind The NXT STEP blog – the authoritative online source for MINDSTORMS NXT information and advice – has packaged its considerable skills and experience in this book. Inside, you’ll find some of the team’s best ideas for creating cool and sophisticated models, including instructions for eight robots you can build yourself.

Follow along with the MINDSTORMS NXT experts as they explain the fundamentals of programming and design, accompanied by CAD-style drawings and an abundance of screenshots that make it easy for you to master the MINDSTORMS NXT system. You’ll get an overview of the NXT parts (beams, sensors, axles, gears, and so on) and clear instructions for combining them to build and program working robots.

The LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT Idea Book delves into the complexities of the NXT programming language (NXT-G) and offers tips for designing and programming robots, using Bluetooth, creating an NXT remote control, troubleshooting, and much more.

Here are just a few of the robots you’ll learn to build in The LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT Idea Book:

  • RaSPy, a robot that plays Rock, Scissors, Paper
  • 3D PhotoBot, a robot that will help you take photographs that can be converted into 3D images
  • Slot Machine, complete with flashing lights and a lever
  • ScanBot, a robot that scans black-and-white pictures and displays the images on the NXT’s LCD
  • Beach Buggy Chair, a roving, rambling robot
  • CraneBot, a crane-like grabbing robotLEGO fans of all ages will find this book to be an ideal jumping off point for doing more with MINDSTORMS NXT. The only ingredient you need to add is your imagination! (Description by
  • Audel Mechanical Trades Pocket Manual

    Wednesday, July 9, 2008

    by Thomas B. Davis, Carl A. Nelson

    Call Number: TJ151. D38 2004c

    This tool needs no maintenance

    Fully revised and updated, this convenient guide covers the latest industrial equipment as well as all the tools and machines prevalent in older plants, even those from the early 1970s and before.

    Your complete reference tool

    • Discusses machinery installation, welding, rigging, carpentry, basic electricity, and more
    • Features a chapter on safety issues
    • Covers belts, drives, transmissions, and bearings
    • Examines automatic sprinkler systems
    • Offers tips for preventive maintenance
    • Includes coverage of piping and pipefitting
    • Reviews shop mathematics, geometry, and trigonometry (Description by Barnes and

    National Electrical Safety Code 2007 Handbook

    Wednesday, July 9, 2008

    By David J. Marne

    Call Number: TK152 .M28 2007

    A Hands-on Guide to the 2007 NESC® that Clarifies Code Rules for You to Achieve Full Compliance!

    McGraw-Hill’s National Electrical Safety Code® 2007 Handbook delivers a rule-by-rule annotation of the NESC® that clarifies the often confusing Code text and allows you to perform your work confidently and safely. Designed for use with the Code itself, this expert resource guides readers through safety rules for the installation, operation, and maintenance of electrical supply stations and equipment, and also for overhead and underground electric supply and communication lines.

    Fully updated with all the latest rules, McGraw-Hill’s National Electrical Safety Code® 2007 Handbook features:

    • The best complete NESC® annotation currently available
    • A rule-by-rule overview of the entire code
    • Over 500 detailed illustrations and photographs
    • A wealth of practical examples of code applications
    • Concise explanations of controversial rules

    Inside this Time-Saving, NESC Compliance Tool

    • General Sections: Definitions • Grounding • Part 1. Rules for Installation and Maintenance of Electric Supply Stations and Equipment: Fences • Safety Signs • Storage • Working Space • Batteries • Transformers and Regulators • Conductors • Circuit Breakers, Reclosers, Switches, and Fuses • Surge Arresters • Part 2. Rules for Installation and Maintenance of Overhead Electric Supply and Communication Lines: Inspections • Clearances • Joint Use • Grades of Construction • Loadings • Strength Requirements• Line Insulation • Part 3. Rules for Installation and Maintenance of Underground Electric Supply and Communication Lines: Underground Conduit Systems • Supply Cable • Cable in Underground Structures • Direct-Buried Cable • Risers • Terminations • Part 4. Rules for Operation of Electric Supply and Communication Lines and Equipment: Employer Rules • Employee Rules • Communication Worker Rules • Supply Worker Rules • OSHA Requirements

    David J. Marne, P.E., B.S.E.E., is a consulting electrical engineer. He is company president and senior engineer for Marne and Associates, Inc., in Missoula, Montana, where he specializes in NESC(R) training and engineering design. Mr. Marne serves on NESC(R)Subcommittee 4, Overhead Lines-Clearances, he is a senior member of the IEEE, and has presented seminars on the NESC(R) to a variety of industry professionals.