Discrete Manufacturing - PLCs, PACs

Digital controller for closed loop piezo actuators and stages

Queensgate’s NPC-D-5200 is a digital controller designed for advanced closed loop piezo actuators... » more

Quarry carves out twice the production

Inside Machines: Modernization plan doubles production, minimizes costs at California quarry using... » more

Top 5 Control Engineering articles, November 16-22: PLCs, PACs, or IPCs; pressure transmitters; Engineers' Choice finalists; more

Articles about PLCs, PACs, or IPCs for a project; pressure transmitter selection; the Engineers'... » more

Convergence of PACs, PLCs, IPCs

There are three common types of machine or process controllers: PLCs, PACs, and IPCs. Here’s how to... » more

Top 10 Control Engineering articles, October 13 to November 12: Engineers' Choice finalists, PLC or DCS, Leaders Under 40, more

Articles about the Engineers' Choice finalists, choosing between a PLC and DCS, the Leaders Under... » more

How to rank controllers

With the growing number of controller choices available to automation engineers, separating the... » more

Top 5 Control Engineering articles, November 2-8: PLC or DCS, Engineers' Choice finalists, DCS development changes, more

Articles about choosing between a PLC and DCS, the Engineers' Choice finalists, DCS development... » more

Making engineering choices

Engineers and plant managers face a constant barrage of choices that affect the day-to-day... » more

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Digital controller for closed loop piezo actuators and stages

Queensgate’s NPC-D-5200 is a digital controller designed for advanced closed loop piezo actuators and stages and has the capacity to address a broad spectrum of alignment and metrology applications. » more

Industrial robot for material handling applications

ABB's IRB 8700 is a multipurpose industrial robot designed for material handling applications in the automotive, transportation and other heavy industries and it has a reach of 3.5 m and is capable of handling a payload of up to... » more

Vote now for the Engineers' Choice Finalists

The official ballot is open for voting for Control Engineering North American print and digital edition subscribers, until Dec. 21.  » more

Controller for smart devices in manufacturing, industrial operations

Rockwell Automation's Allen-Bradley ControlLogix 5580 controller is designed to enable faster system performance for smart devices in manufacturing and industrial operations and includes an embedded 1GB Ethernet port to support... » more

Piezo beam steering mirrors for precision optic applications

Physik Instrumente's (PI) S-331 fast tip/tip platform is a piezo steering mirror that is designed for precision optics applications in ambient and vacuum environments. » more

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

The need to evaluate hazards and apply corrective actions to reduce... » more

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Motors and Drives Video Series


Part 1 of the Motors and Drives Series describes...

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Poll of the Week

Effect of Industrial Internet of Things and Industry 4.0: Compared to 2015, next year will your organization spend more on people, processes, and/or technologies than you would have without these two somewhat intersecting frameworks?
Yes, 1-25% more
26-50% more
51-75% more
76-100% more
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