Figure 1: Robotic material handling and custom automation was part of an upgrade for a thermoforming customer in the food and beverage industry. The new automation was to fit between and connected to two existing manufacturing processes on multiple production lines in a 24/7 operation. Courtesy: Applied Manufacturing Technologies
HMI, OI December 13, 2019

Revamped HMI provides better process control, operator compliance

System integrators should do a deep dive into the customer’s manufacturing process with detailed conversations and clarification of expectations during the design phase of any project.

By Rick Vanden Boom
Figure 1: Data acquisition network connections. Courtesy: Maverick Technologies
Data Acquisition, DAQ December 9, 2019

Top 5 Control Engineering articles December 2-8

Articles about the Engineers' Choice finalists, data acquisition, cut-to-length cable, IT/OT convergence, and industrial virtualization were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from December 2-8. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
High-speed, long distance distributed pneumatic and I/O communications are available, extending the reach of Ethernet protocols, such as EtherNet/IP, EtherCAT, and Profinet, as Festo showed at Automation Fair by Rockwell Automation in Chicago. Courtesy: Mark T. Hoske, Control Engineering, CFE Media and Technology
Ethernet December 14, 2019

Ethernet for process and discrete devices

Think Again: Separate efforts aim to extend Ethernet to process and discrete devices. Standards can promote interoperability for devices and software if standards are specific enough.

By Mark T. Hoske
Courtesy: CFE Media and Technology
Project Management December 15, 2019

Chasing ghosts in the plant

There are times when you just want to throw your hands up and call in an exorcist.

By Matt Ruth
Illustration of controlled rotation of boron nitride (BN) layers above and below a graphene layer introduce coexisting moire superlattices, which change size, symmetry and complexity as a function of angle. In this system the Columbia researchers achieve unprecedented control over monolayer graphene's bandstructure within a single device, by mechanically rotating boron nitride atop graphene aligned to a bottom BN slab. Courtesy: Columbia University
Sensors, Vision December 15, 2019

Restoring graphene’s symmetry with a twistable electronics device

By Holly Evarts
Courtesy: CFE Media and Technology
AI and Machine Learning December 7, 2019

Algorithm developed to train AI to avoid bad behaviors

By Tom Abate
Jeremy Gibbs (left), director of sales and marketing, and Dave Blaida, president and CEO at Matrix Technologies. Courtesy: Katie Spain, CFE Media and Technology
System Integration December 11, 2019

Matrix Technologies, Maumee, Ohio, is System Integrator of the Year, 2020

By CFE Media
Bill Keen is founder and CEO of Keen Wealth Advisors. Courtesy: Keen Wealth Advisors
Educational December 7, 2019

Three-step retirement plan for engineers

By Bill Keen