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: Chris Vavra, CFE Media
System Integrators December 14, 2019

System integrator partners with Rockline Industries to increases OEE

Each of five manufacturing cells have demonstrated an OEE increase of more than 20% compared to the prior system implementation

By Robbie Kerfoot
Courtesy: Cincinnati Incorporated
Workforce Development December 14, 2019

University program to prepare students for advanced manufacturing

By Paula Owen
Q: Which robotic devices, systems or services do you buy or specify? Check all that apply. (N=118) Seventy-one percent of respondents said they buy or specify robots, while 64% said they specify robot sensors or vision; 59% specify robot grippers; 52% robotic software; 50% robotics as part of a larger system; and 49% robotic control panels and enclosures. Courtesy: Robotics Research Report, 2019, Control Engineering and Plant Engineering, CFE Media and Technology

Buying, specifying robotics

December 13, 2019
Courtesy: CFE Media and Technology
AI and Machine Learning December 7, 2019

Algorithm developed to train AI to avoid bad behaviors

By Tom Abate
An MIT-invented model demonstrates an understanding of some basic “intuitive physics” by registering “surprise” when objects in simulations move in unexpected ways, such as rolling behind a wall and not reappearing on the other side. Courtesy: Christine Daniloff, MIT
AI and Machine Learning December 5, 2019

Helping machines perceive some laws of physics

By Rob Matheson
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