Process Manufacturing March 26, 2019

What is rate-predictive control?

Advanced control: A new non-PID control algorithm, rate-predictive control (RPC), is adaptive to changes in process gain, which is helpful given the industry’s difficult history of loop tuning, auto-tuning, and model maintenance. RPC also can serve as a model-less feedback multivariable control algorithm.

By Allan Kern
Remote Monitoring March 25, 2019

Managing remote monitoring

Remote management and monitoring applications help keep operations up and running. External remote management and monitoring teams provide specialized operational knowledge to help with automation and control system issues.

By Dawn Lewis and Evan Pederson
Energy Efficiency March 26, 2019

Integrating renewable natural gas

Renewable natural gas (RNG) can be used in any existing infrastructure or process that currently uses conventional natural gas.

By Gas Technology
Robotics March 21, 2019

Robot developed to open doors and pull on heavy objects

Researchers have developed small flying robots outfitted with advanced gripping technologies that can pull objects up to 40 times their weight. See video.

By Taylor Kubota
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 March 25, 2019

Hannover Fairs USA will launch Digital Industry conference in September

CFE Media to present GAMS event at event’s executive conference.

By Bob Vavra
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Lenze's Mechatronic Competence Campus (MCC) in Extertal, Germany, is a modern development and production facility for development, production, service and storage. Courtesy: Lenze
Workforce Development March 26, 2019

Development site and logistics center being created in Germany

Lenze's Mechatronic Competence Campus (MCC) in Extertal, Germany, is a modern development and production facility for development, production, service and storage. 

By Lenze Americas
A robotic car controlled by an ultra-low power hybrid chip is placed into an arena to demonstrate its ability to learn and collaborate with another robot. Courtesy: Allison Carter, Georgia Tech
Robotics March 25, 2019

Top 5 Control Engineering articles March 18-24

Articles about low-power hybrid chips for robots, gaining the edge in automation, connecting quality and process data, manufacturing and process facility trends, and the Engineers' Choice Awards were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from March 18-24. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
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Automation March 24, 2019

Automated test equipment attributes

What attributes are needed in automated test equipment (ATE)? What automation should be considered for ATE designs? See 10 questions to ask when applying automation.

By Mark T. Hoske
More than 20,000 autonomous mobile robots (AMRs) were shipped in 2018 according to Interact Analysis, which is double the number sold in 2017. Courtesy: Interact Analysis
Robotics March 22, 2019

Autonomous mobile robot shipments achieve record high in 2018

More than 20,000 autonomous mobile robots (AMRs) were shipped in 2018 according to Interact Analysis, which is double the number sold in 2017.

By Interact Analysis
MIT researchers have developed an efficient algorithm that could provide a “push-button” solution for automatically designing fast-running neural networks on specific hardware. Courtesy: Chelsea Turner, MIT
AI and Machine Learning March 22, 2019

Algorithm developed to improve machine-learning models

MIT researchers have developed an algorithm that designs optimized machine-learning models up to 200 times faster than traditional methods.

By Rob Matheson
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Robotics March 22, 2019

Four extreme applications robots are used for

Industrial robots can operate in extreme conditions humans cannot and are being increasingly used for extreme heat and cold environments as well as hazardous ones.

By Robotic Industries Association (RIA)
AutomationDirect's AcuAMP Solid Core current transformers are instrumentation grade and feature different window openings and two mounting styles along with numerous secondary ratios are available to meet most applications. Courtesy: AutomationDirect
Electrical, Power March 21, 2019

Current transformer series

AutomationDirect's AcuAMP Solid Core current transformers are instrumentation grade and feature different window openings and two mounting styles along with numerous secondary ratios are available to meet most applications.

By AutomationDirect