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Software construction guidelines released

The PLCopen Coding Guidelines version 1.0 has been released and contains 63 rules for software... » more

Support-focused enterprise controls: template design strategies

Highly productive manufacturing processes rely on standard, controller-based system applications.... » more

Support-focused enterprise controls: command control

Control circuits will always appear chaotic to support personnel. This is especially true when... » more

Support-focused enterprise controls: machine application model

Machine events are typically mechanism movements, standalone external processes, or special... » more

How system integrators, plant owners should collaborate on an automation project

When a plant owner and an automation system integrator are planning an automation project, both... » more

Top 5 Control Engineering articles, March 21-27: PC-based control, Engineers' Choice winners, heat exchanger control strategies, more

Articles about PC-based control, the 2016 Engineers' Choice Awards winners, heat exchanger control... » more

Support-focused enterprise controls: conveyor application model

A support-focused control system must have the ability to enable control system designers to model... » more

Financial benefits of combining automation and safety projects

Collaborating on seemingly disparate projects could help companies save money by having the... » more

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Control system with integrated Fieldbus diagnostics

Siemens' Simatic AFDiSD active field distributor features extended Fieldbus diagnostics that can be installed and allow users to access the latest information about their Fieldbus installation for information such as power,... » more

Control units designed for CANopen protocol slave devices

ICP DAS USA's CAN-8823 control units have 8 slots for I/O expansion and work with most digital remote I/O modules. » more

Explosion-proof momentary push button switch

Larson Electronics' EPS-2XPB-SG-MS is designed for controlling machinery or process in industrial and commercial applications and is explosion-proof. » more

Embedded systems for remote operation in harsh conditions

Advantech‚Äôs ADAM-3600 remote terminal unit (RTU) can be used in any inhospitable region where devices need to be managed remotely. » more

Embedded systems solution for industrial automation applications

Mentor Graphics' Mentor Embedded Linux (MEL) platform has been updated to Yocto 2.0 and expanded to include security enhancements that are designed to protect data and process interactions. » more

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Evolution of .NET and Microsoft

.NET Framework is a software framework developed by Microsoft that is... » more

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Pump Control Video Series

Pump Control: Introduction

The U.S. alone has 32 million motors and about...

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Poll of the Week

Why use a system integrator for automation system selection? asked the Control Engineering April cover story:
Create buy-in between owner and integrator
More experience with automation system suppliers
Technology evaluation
To spot flaws in supplier offerings
For fixes and workarounds
Better long-term support
All of the above
None of the above


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