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Support-focused enterprise controls: template design strategies

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

Top 5 Control Engineering articles, April 11-17: PLC scanning, automation upgrades, data acquisition and analysis, more

Articles about PLC scanning, managing automation upgrades, data acquisition and analysis, ensuring... » 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

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

Ladder logic 401: Data acquisition and analysis

A programmable logic controller (PLC) is designed to not only provide information on signal levels,... » more

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Rotary encoder series for extreme temperature and harsh environments

Leine and Linde's 600 and 900 series of absolute rotary encoders are designed for environments where temperature, strong magnetic fields, shock or vibration are extreme. » more

3D vision sensor for indoor applications

Sick's 3vistor-T 3D vision sensor 3D-snapshot time-of-flight technology that provides real-time depth information for each pixel and is designed to capture more than 25,000 distance and intensity values in a single shot. » more

Three-phase pump soft starter for water treatment applications

Carlo Gavazzi's RSWT Series is a self-optimizing 3-phase pump soft starter, in which all three phases are controlled to achieve current balancing on all phases and is designed for agriculture, water treatment, and HVAC... » more

Die-cast aluminum boxes for harsh conditions

Bud Industries' AN-A Series of enclosures are IP68-rated boxes designed for housing sensitive equipment in hazardous, dusty, and washdown factory environments, as well as in wet outdoor locations. » more

Three-phase ac motor for variable motion duty

Lenze Americas' m550-P three-phase ac motor is designed to achieve IE3 efficiency class and provides a power range of 1 to 60 Hp (0.75kW to 45kW) with a variety of voltages for simple mains operation with fixed speeds. » 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

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

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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
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