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
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
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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MIT researchers have developed a chip that leverages sub-terahertz wavelengths for object recognition, which could be combined with light-based image sensors to help steer driverless cars through fog. Courtesy: Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
Sensors, Vision February 16, 2019

Sensor developed to help autonomous vehicles steer through fog and dust

MIT researchers have developed an on-chip system that detects signals at sub-terahertz wavelengths, which could help steer driverless cars through fog and dust.

By Rob Matheson
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
Humans and automation can add productivity and jobs said Alex Shikany is AIA vice president, part of A3 Association for Advancing Automation. Courtesy: Mark T. Hoske, Control Engineering, CFE Media
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
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