Courtesy: Chris Vavra, CFE Media
Maintenance October 17, 2019

Predicting the end of unplanned downtime

Any unscheduled downtime will cause a major headache for engineers in the food and beverage manufacturing sector, but predictive maintenance can be a remedy.

By John Rowley
The new age digital engineering practices help enable new business models that unlock greater value for enterprises and increase the value proposition for those involved. Courtesy: L&T Technology Services Ltd.
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 October 15, 2019

Digital engineering practices enhance technologies of tomorrow

Digitalization: By integrating digital, physical and virtual realities, digital engineering redefines product development and manufacturing. Digital engineering accelerates development of next-generation smart products, services and operations.

By Narayanan Ramanathan
EZAutomation explained how easy-to-set up edge devices help IIoT at the 2019 Inductive Automation Ignition Community Conference. Courtesy: Mark T. Hoske, Control Engineering

Eight IIoT project tips

October 13, 2019
Researchers at University of Michigan and University of Louisiana at Lafayette demonstrated that temperature control systems can be remotely manipulated using electromagnetic waves. Courtesy: University of Michigan
Sensors, Actuators October 17, 2019

Temperature sensors can be remotely targeted and hacked

Researchers at the University of Michigan and University of Louisiana at Lafayette demonstrated an adversary could remotely manipulate the temperature sensor measurements without tampering with the targeted system or triggering automatic temperature alarms.

By Steve Crang
Bernard Lesieutre, professor of electrical and computer engineering, at University of Wisconsin-Madison. Courtesy: Chelsea Mamott, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Electrical, Power October 16, 2019

Electric grid monitoring tool aims to keep power flowing smoothly

Researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison are studying patterns of activity across the electric grid by creating a tool to monitor grid stability and notify control operators of potential problems.

By Jill Sakai
Researchers from the Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources are developing an autonomous robotic system to monitor the structural integrity and safety of underground mines. Pictured are Yu Gu and Jason Gross, of the Statler College; Barry Fink and Richard Rohrssen, of Laurel Aggregates; and Berk Tulu and Guilherme Pereira, of the Statler College. Courtesy: Paige Nesbit, West Virginia University
Robotics October 17, 2019

Autonomous robotic system developed to monitor underground mines

By Olivia Miller
Accessing the VFD’s HMI via a wireless or Bluetooth connection to adjust settings or collect diagnostic data can negate the need to suit up with personal protective equipment (PPE). This is because the operator can access the HMI without opening the enclosure containing the VFD. Courtesy: Yaskawa
Motors, Drives October 9, 2019

Smartphones help with VFD configuration: Your questions answered

By Michael Hall
The compact Beckhoff Automation EtherCAT EJ boards reduce footprint on VMek hardware. Standard LED lights, which can be seen through a window on the Metrix and Element machines, provide EtherCAT diagnostic information for operators. VMek sorting machines include the Metrix Analytic Lab Color Sorter and Element Analytic Production Color Sorter. Courtesy: Kevin Blackburn
I/O Systems, I/O Modules October 11, 2019

High-speed vision sorting technology records rapid improvement with industrial Ethernet

By James Figy
Scheduled to open in time for fall semester 2021, Gonzaga's $56 million facility will contribute to a total of more than 270,000-square-feet dedicated to classroom and laboratory education for STEM disciplines. Courtesy: Gonzaga University
Educational September 30, 2019

Construction launched for STEM facility at Gonzaga

By Gonzaga University