System Integrators September 17, 2019

Improvement by association: engineers collaborate on best practices

At the core of Control System Integrators Association (CSIA) are people willing to share experiences and best practices to help each other succeed with business skills and technologies for control system integration.

By Lisa Richter
HMI, OI September 16, 2019

New mobile HMI designs respond to user, device requirements

HMI software should mix elements of web design and controls engineering to create effective operator interfaces for industrial displays and mobile devices of all sizes.

By Daymon Thompson
Events and Awards September 12, 2019

Manufacturing, automation leaders inspire, mentor

Achievements in manufacturing and communities inspire mentors and younger engineers seeking to create greater efficiency, optimization and a brighter future.

By McKenzie Burns, Amanda Pelliccione, Mark T. Hoske
Process Manufacturing September 11, 2019

Shift in control system technologies, design

Project execution using a process control system highly integrated virtual environment melds software and networking to uncouple control applications from physical equipment, and controllers from physical I/O. This reduces capital cost by shifting from customization to standardization and eliminating some non-value-added work.

By Jason Urso
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 September 13, 2019

Future of industrial automation: discern the possibilities, potential

Industrial automation is on the threshold of a new revolution, moving through rapid technology changes, adoption of new systems and networking architectures and looking toward interoperability of devices and systems.

By Dr. Keshab Panda
Webcasts September 9, 2019

Sensor data deliver insights that reduce waste and energy consumption

A veteran industrial information-technology (IT) consultant helps his clients make real-time closed-loop processes visible to all interested parties within a plant. By collecting data from individual sensors, clients were able to configure dashboards that could be shared across the organization.

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PID, APC September 18, 2019

Five advanced process control, data analytics connections

Are there connections between advanced process control (APC) and data analytics? Recent developments in the field of information technology (IT) and its use in the manufacturing world provide insights.

By Jim Ford, Ph.D.
Using the 3D printing method developed by the MIT researchers, a structure such as this model airplane wing could have both light emitters and light detectors embedded in the material, so that it could continuously detect any micro-cracks as they begin to form. Courtesy: Felice Frankel, MIT
Discrete Manufacturing September 18, 2019

Engineers develop multimaterial fiber ink for 3-D-printed devices

A method developed by MIT researchers uses standard 3-D printers to produce functioning devices with the electronics already embedded inside and can sense their surroundings, store energy or perform other actions.

By David L. Chandler
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IIoT, Industrie 4.0 September 17, 2019

IIoT adoption program launched to help IT, OT end users

The IIC accelerator program is designed to stimulate Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) adoption to help information technology (IT) and operations technology (OT) users solve real problems they face in their businesses.

By Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC)
NTU students receive the Optomec LENS MTS 500 HY CA system (Left to right): Aaron Sansosie, Adriane Tenequer, Lisa Willis, Chad Yazzie, Scott Halliday, Joshua Toddy and Les Notah. Courtesy: Navajo Technical University
Discrete Manufacturing September 17, 2019

Hybrid controlled atmosphere system delivered to technical university

Navajo Technical University (NTU) received a hybrid controlled atmosphere system from Optomec for education, research and workforce development in advanced metal additive manufacturing.

By Optomec

Develop an industrial robotic specification by using this checklist

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Mainland China in 2018 surpassed the United States to become the world’s largest sub-regional market for programmable logic controllers (PLCs), with estimated revenue of $1.7 billion in 2018. Courtesy IHS Markit | Technology
PLCs, PACs September 16, 2019

China leads global PLC market according to report

Mainland China in 2018 surpassed the United States to become the world’s largest sub-regional market for programmable logic controllers (PLCs), with estimated revenue of $1.7 billion in 2018, though the PLC market overall is slumping after reaching highs in 2017.

By Rita Liu
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Robotics September 16, 2019

Research looking to give robots a second impression

Cornell University researchers, along with MIT, are studying how humans form and update impressions of robots with the goal of creating a computational model allowing robots to adjust their nonverbal behavior accordingly.

By Melanie Lefkowitz