Figure 1: This figure depicts how a single Type 1 hypervisor manages two virtual OSs on an industrial controller, a RTOS for real-time control and a guest OS for edge processing. Courtesy: Emerson
Virtualization, Cloud Analytics December 4, 2019

Industrial virtualization heads to the plant floor

End users are comfortable with virtualization in their information technology (IT) server rooms and desktops, and many similar benefits now can be realized with industrial programmable logic controllers (PLCs) and programmable automation controllers (PACs).

By Vibhoosh Gupta
University of Wisconsin assistant professor Xiangru Xu believes the trend of autonomous systems will continue growing rapidly. Courtesy: University of Wisconsin
AI and Machine Learning December 6, 2019

Researchers making autonomous systems safer for challenging applications

A researcher at the University of Wisconsin is developing better control algorithms for autonomous systems that provide safety guarantees while maintaining those systems’ performance.

By Adam Malecek
Even a basic cable type, such as flexible portable cords, come with numerous jacket type rating, conductor count, and conductor gauge options. AutomationDirect is offering $0.00 cut charges, same-day shipping, and free shipping on orders over a small minimum to encourage cut-to-length cable adoption. Courtesy: AutomationDirect
Electrical December 3, 2019

How to specify cut-to-length cable

Original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), end users, and system integrators seeking to improve manufacturing and fabrication flexibility can purchase cut-to-length cables to save time and money.

By Jim Krebs
By automating absence of voltage verification and completing the entire verification process in 10 seconds, Panduit’s VeriSafe absence-of-voltage-tester (AVT) enables plants to work faster, safer, and more efficiently. Courtesy: Panduit
Safety November 30, 2019

Employing PtD as the first line of defense against control panel electrical hazards

Prevention through design (PtD) can help manufacturers keep workers safe from electrical hazards, which remains one of the most common dangers they face daily. Do you use the five-point hierarchy of risk?

By Martin Kronz
Magnetic grippers grasp utilizing magnetism. Courtesy: Magswitch
Robotics December 6, 2019

Five ideal robotic gripper features

By Michael Guelker
Virtualization, Cloud Analytics November 18, 2019

Top 5 Control Engineering articles November 11-17

By Chris Vavra
Courtesy: Chris Vavra, CFE Media
Ethernet December 2, 2019

Ethernet/IP enhanced to integrate IO-Link devices

By ODVA
Rodney Weber, a professor in Georgia Tech’s School of Earth & Atmospheric Sciences, stands in his lab alongside several consumer-grade 3D printers. Courtesy: Allison Carter, Georgia Tech
Discrete Manufacturing November 14, 2019

Particles emitted by 3-D printers can have negative environmental effect

By Josh Brown