Discrete Manufacturing - PLCs, PACs

Ladder logic 305: ASCII and strings

American Standard Code for Information Interchange (ASCII) and strings are designed to turn... » more

Six key differences between PLCs and computers

On the surface, programmable logic controllers (PLCs) and computers are similar, but PLCs can... » more

Top 5 Control Engineering articles January 30 to February 5: IIoT advice, matrix VFD technology, choosing the best controller, more

Articles about the IIoT and manufacturing, matrix VFD technology, choosing the best controller for... » more

What controller fits your application?

Controllers available for modern applications include programmable logic controllers (PLCs),... » more

Control Engineering hot topics, January 2017

Control Engineering's most clicked articles in January 2017 included stories about control panel... » more

Chemical manufacturer tames alarm management

Even after an input/output (I/O) migration, and installing a new distributed control system (DCS)... » more

Top 5 Control Engineering articles January 23-29: IIoT advice, TSN and real-time Ethernet, successful MES implementation, more

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Carrier system for customized batch sizes

Festo's Multi-Carrier System is designed to enable customization of batch sizes and embodies Industrie 4.0 manufacturing concepts of modularity, communications, and diagnostics. » more

Angle ring encoder for safety-related applications

Heidenhain's ECA 4410 angle ring encoder series is designed for use in safety-related applications and can be used in dangerous automation conditions. » more

Safety laser scanner for industrial applications

Idec Corporation's SE2L safety laser scanner is certified for use in safety applications including AGVs, forklifts, robots, and other items of moving equipment found in industrial facilities.  » more

Linear motor for high-density applications

Nippon Pulse America's L250SSS is a linear shaft motor designed for high-density applications and available in 25, 32 and 35mm shaft diameter sizes, and with single, double, triple and quadruple winding options.

Laser tracker system for portable metrology applications

Hexagon Manufacturing's Leica Absolute Tracker AT403 is a laser tracker system designed to offer portable metrology performance and can operate in harsh temperature environments.

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Machine Safety: Benefits of safety assessments, risk...

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