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Inside the competition for the first PLC
Inside the competition for the first PLC

In 1970, a fierce contest was being waged inside General Motors' Hydra-Matic Transmission Division in Ypsilanti, Michigan. At stake was program ownership of what would become the first programmable logic controllers (PLCs), and the outcome would shape not only the design of the first PLCs, but also the success or... Read More

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2020: Future automation
2020: Future automation

Control Engineering China (CEC) has witnessed strong growth in the industrial control and automation business in China, and automation will continue to expand beyond the industry in accelerated... Read More

Wi-Fi standards
Wi-Fi standards

In the beginning, wireless networking, like wired, had several different competing methods, using incompatible technologies and frequencies. Security was practically non-existent. Wireless was not... Read More

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Top 5 Control Engineering articles, August 25-31: Future of the PLC, the first PLC, System Integrator Giants, more
Top 5 Control Engineering articles, August 25-31: Future of the PLC, the first PLC, System Integrator Giants, more

1. Future of the PLC PLCs are evolving and continue to be the best option for a variety of industrial automation applications. Greater programming flexibility and ease, scalability, more memory,... Read More

PMI Index hits three-year high
PMI Index hits three-year high

You can look at another high data point for the monthly PMI Index released Sept. 2 by the Institute for Supply Management as indication of the continued strength of the U.S. manufacturing sector. Or... Read More

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Engineers’ Choice Nominations
The Control Engineering Engineers' Choice Awards highlight some of the best control, instrumentation and automation products as chosen by Control Engineering's print and online subscribers.
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Global Automation & Manufacturing Summit
On Sept. 10, the Global Automation & Manufacturing Summit 2014 at Industrial Automation North America and IMTS will focus on industrial automation, mobility and modern maintenance practices. Speakers will share their expertise to help end-users increase their productivity and to meet their current and future manufacturing challenges.
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Machine Safety: Safety and security combined
Machine Safety: Safety and security combined

Some recent reports say cyber attacks have grown by 600 percent since 2010 costing industry... Read More

Machine Safety: Crossing the yellow line
Machine Safety: Crossing the yellow line

The "yellow line" in manufacturing has been around for a very long time. But, a... Read More

Machine Safety: Which takes precedence, a Type-B or a Type-C safety standard?
Machine Safety: Which takes precedence, a Type-B or a Type-C safety standard?

In the hierarchy of Type A, B, and C safety standards, doesn’t a Type B safety standard take... Read More

Machine Safety and safety maturity: Are you safe without injuries?
Machine Safety and safety maturity: Are you safe without injuries?

According to the International Labor Organization, every 15 seconds approximately 160 workers have... Read More

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