These AutomationDirect StrideLinx VPN routers provide built-in firewall protection to isolate machine level LAN and companywide WAN networks, and optional 4G connectivity, enabling cloud-based remote access and simplifying implementation. Courtesy: AutomationDirect
Virtualization, Cloud Analytics November 7, 2019

Secure remote connections with cloud technologies

Cloud technologies enable remote connectivity for industrial applications, but can introduce security issues unless built from the ground up with cybersecurity in mind. See top five cybersecurity issues to address.

By Jonathan Griffith
Virtualization, Cloud Analytics November 11, 2019

Top 5 Control Engineering articles November 4-10

Articles about the Engineers' Choice finalists, information and the cloud, control system migration, wet and flooded motors, and IIoT project tips were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from November 4-10. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra

Poised to go all-in on edge

November 3, 2019
Figure 6: “The architecture of the RCS allows you to achieve very high safety and reliability,” said Dr. Angela Summers. “And by designing it into the manifold, you also can eliminate many sources of maintenance errors, which further improves the reliability of your installation.” Courtesy: Emerson
Sensors, Actuators November 15, 2019

Double up on solenoid safety

Adding two solenoid valves to a safety instrumented system keeps equipment, facility and personnel safe and the system online.

By Joseph D. McHugh II
Stephen M. Goldberg, senior project engineer, Matrix Technologies Inc., served as CSIA executive director for two years. Courtesy: Matrix Technologies Inc.
System Integrators November 10, 2019

Great engineering includes more than engineering

Integrator Update: Is that really an apples-to-apples quote comparison? System integration firms have audits based on best practices and benchmarks to ensure business and professional services are at the highest level. A 25-year-old association for education and information sharing helps.

By Stephen M. Goldberg
Courtesy: Chris Vavra, CFE Media
Sensors, Vision November 17, 2019

Machine vision and AI enhance 3-D printing

By AIA
Operators always need a clear view of what’s happening. Courtesy: Mark T. Hoske, Control Engineering
PLM, Control Design November 13, 2019

Best practices matter when designing control systems

By Mark T. Hoske
A new shoebox-sized laser produces terahertz waves (green squiggles) by using a special infrared laser (red) to rotate molecules of nitrous oxide, or laughing gas, packed in a pen-sized cavity (grey).Courtesy: Chad Scales, US Army Futures Command/MIT
Sensors, Vision November 15, 2019

Researchers generate terahertz laser with laughing gas

By Jennifer Chu
Rodney Weber, a professor in Georgia Tech’s School of Earth & Atmospheric Sciences, stands in his lab alongside several consumer-grade 3D printers. Courtesy: Allison Carter, Georgia Tech
Discrete Manufacturing November 14, 2019

Particles emitted by 3-D printers can have negative environmental effect

By Josh Brown