Rocket Design Pen Holder by Craig Miles

Rocket Design Pen Holder by Craig Miles A Rocket inspired pen / pencil holder that I designed and made myself, from a scrap piece of galvanised metal conduit, saved from a bin. This type of conduit is used to protect electrical cables. The scrap conduit was cut to size, and cut as shown. It was …

Tips for Servicing Marine & Land Based Induction Motors

Safety & Isolation of supply of induction motors. First tip, taking a casual approach to electricity can prove fatal. This is especially true when we are talking about three-phase motors, as they operate in the UK & EU at 400 Volts Alternating Current (400 VAC). Marine installations typically operate at an even higher 440 Volt …

Survivorship Bias

Survivorship Bias is the tendency of human beings to overestimate the likelihood of success, when undertaking a new and risky business venture. This is likely to happen if you think about it, as other peoples (and businesses) successes are easy to spot publicly, whereas those who fail with a new business venture, are going to …

Sunk Cost Fallacy

Another way of explaining Sunk Cost Fallacy, is to use the old saying  ‘ throwing good money after bad ‘. Once you have invested a lot of time and money into a project or venture, then you are less likely to abandon the project or venture. An example of this might be someone who starts …

Confirmation Bias

Once humans have made a decision, they find it uncomfortable and difficult to change their minds. Brexit is a good example. You only have to look at twitter to realise that whether you voted Leave or Remain, you probably are following other people with referendum views which closely mirror you own. Don’t believe me? Then …

Walkie Talkie on Grass Lawn advert effectiveness examination

As a small business owner, who loves marketing I often design our own advert publicity material. The Photo advert of the Walkie Talkie on a grass lawn was taken by me using a Nikon D3300 Digital SLR Camera. So why did I think it was a good idea to put a walkie talkie on a …

Transformers – The Different Types of Electrical Transformers

Transformers The Different Types of Transformers Transformers either ‘step up’ or ‘step down’ AC voltage. They do do by magnetic induction. Step Down types reduce the voltage coming out, compared to the voltage going in. These are the most common type. Step Up types have a higher output voltage than an input voltage. These are …

How to Reverse the Direction of a Three Phase Induction Motor

How to reverse the direction of a three-phase induction motor. Reversing the direction of a three phase Induction Motor is useful in a number of situations. For example in a electric winch or elvevator (lift), there is a requirement for the motor to reverse.   To reverse a three phase induction motor, swap over any …

Phasing Out – Three Phase Induction Motors – on ships

Phasing out a Three Phase Induction motor, onboard ships (or on land)  is the process of identifying both ends of each of the three stator coils (3 phase motor). 'Phasing Out' pic.twitter.com/RMLqyjbs0u — Craig Miles (@acraigmiles) October 17, 2016