Sensors, Actuators February 15, 2019

Temperature sensor calibration

Sensor failure risks are significantly reduced if the temperature sensor can be calibrated in situ.

By Keith Riley
Robotics February 15, 2019

Core principles of collaborative robots

Robotic design: Built-in collaborative force/torque sensing, safety features, and improved precision enable faster integration in a wider range of future-proofed applications.

By Jürgen Von Hollen
DCS, SCADA, Controllers February 14, 2019

Distributed control system design attributes that help implementation and use

Process control systems: A distributed control system (DCS) should help users innovate with greater automation system usability and functionality.

By Bob Halgren
Automation February 13, 2019

Use the positive effects of automation to plan ahead

Automation helps manufacturing employment, aids exports, and adds productivity. Key concerns include attracting and retaining a quality workforce, price increases in raw materials, trade uncertainties, and rising health care and insurance costs.

By Mark T. Hoske
Events and Awards February 4, 2019

2019 Engineers’ Choice Awards

Spotlight on innovation: Best automation, control, and instrumentation products in 26 categories.

By Amanda Pelliccione
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Siemens Simatic ET 200SP F-AI 4xI 0(4)..20mA Fail-Safe Module for Analog Inputs won a 2019 Engineers’ Choice Award in the Network integration - I/O systems category. Courtesy: Siemens Industry Inc.
I/O Systems, I/O Modules February 16, 2019

Powerful I/O system for compact control cabinets

Input/output (I/O) systems design considerations include smaller sizes, faster response times, and greater functionality, with energy savings, diagnostics, and rugged environmental ratings.

By Raj Rajendra
Beckhoff Automation LLC has selected Kevin Barker as the company's new president. Courtesy: Beckhoff Automation
Automation February 14, 2019

Automation company selects new president

Beckhoff Automation LLC has selected Kevin Barker as the company's new president, taking over for Aurelio Banda, who led the Minnesota-based company for four years.

By Beckhoff Automation
Motion Industries acquired Axis New England and Axis New York, an automation and robotics company. Courtesy: Axis New England/Axis New York, Motion Industries
Automation February 14, 2019

Automation and robotics company acquired

Motion Industries has acquired Axis New England and Axis New York, an automation and robotics company.

By Motion Industries
Lenze gave local middle school students a tour of their Massachusetts headquarters for a STEM career day. Courtesy: Lenze Americas
Workforce Development February 14, 2019

Manufacturer hosts STEM career day for local students

Lenze gave middle school students a tour of their Massachusetts headquarters to enable students to explore possible science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) career paths in manufacturing.

By Lenze Americas
Image courtesy: Bob Vavra, CFE Media
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 February 13, 2019

The human factor of IoT in safety

Technology can be part of the ‘culture’ in plants

By Susie Cumberland
Introducing a small amount of strain into crystalline materials, such as diamond or silicon, can produce significant changes in their properties, researchers have found. The mechanical strain is represented here as a deformation in the diamond's shape. Courtesy: Chelsea Turner, MIT
Energy, Power February 12, 2019

Using artificial intelligence to engineer materials’ properties

MIT researchers, along with scientists in Russia and Singapore, have developed a system of “strain engineering," which can change a material’s optical, electrical, and thermal properties using artificial intelligence (AI).

By David L. Chandler
Enrico Krog Iversen is CEO of OnRobot. Courtesy: OnRobot and Control Engineering Poland
Robotics February 12, 2019

Collaborative robots accelerate

Cover Story: Get answers about expansion of industrial robotics from an end-of-collaborative robot tooling company executive.

By Enrico Krog Iversen and Michael Majchrzak