Frank Lamb, Automation Primer Wednesday 02.22.2017

Ladder logic 305: ASCII and strings

American Standard Code for Information Interchange (ASCII) and strings are designed to turn printable characters into numbers that programmable logic controller... read more

Eric J. Byres Tuesday 02.21.2017

Derive value from IIoT data

Collecting data from the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) isn't enough; companies need to know what to do with it. They also need safeguards to ensure that ... read more

Chris Vavra Monday 02.20.2017

Top 5 Control Engineering articles February 13-19: Engineers' Choice, pick the right controller, PLC and computer differences, more

Articles about the Engineers' Choice winners, picking the right controller, PLC and computer differences, wireless and industrial applications, and reasons to b... read more

Kevin Schiller, IHS Markit Sunday 02.19.2017

Process market opportunities for pump suppliers expected to decline in 2017

IHS Markit reports that destocking trends and consolidated end-user markets will continue to place pressure on positive displacement pump suppliers has led to s... read more

Winn Hardin Friday 02.17.2017

Artificial intelligence and its impact on machine vision

Several companies are working on artificial intelligence (AI) solutions for the machine vision industry that will allow AI to think more like humans by employin... read more

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