Control Engineering hot topics, March 2018
Hot topics in Control Engineering, for March 2018, included ladder logic, fog computing, alarm management, building a machine using motion design software, and turning Big Data analytics into actionable information. These are based on the top 10 most read articles online in Control Engineering March. Links to each article below.
In ladder logic, faults are used to capture abnormal circumstances and each cell or station in a program will usually have its own fault routine and can send messages to a human-machine interface (HMI) or programmable logic controller (PLC).
How to develop a secure, distributed automation architecture in a data-driven world: Two examples and five advantages of fog computing are highlighted.
The 31st annual Control Engineering Engineers’ Choice Awards shines a light on 26 categories of control, instrumentation, and automation products, revealing the best of those introduced in 2017 as chosen by the Control Engineering print and digital audience.
Alarm management in an IIoT world: Correlation and classification of industrial process control alarms before the operator sees them vital for safety, speed, and efficiency. Networking and advanced software tools help.
Gilead Sciences used a new, flexible distributed control system (DCS) for a pilot lab to support research and development (R&D), clinical trials, and meet pipeline demands.
Motion design software allows engineers to design machines for improved accuracy and overall performance.
To be effective, Big Data analytics must deliver on the end-user experience, and not on the hype associated with artificial intelligence and machine learning.
The 2018 HMI Software and Hardware study revealed several upward trends on the usage of human-machine interface software and hardware.
Time-sensitive networking (TSN) is an evolution of standard Ethernet and adds the bounded latency and guaranteed bandwidth provided by hard real-time Ethernet, which is crucial as more devices are connected to the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT).
Industrial controllers are using commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) technologies such as Ethernet, field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs), USB, and MicroSD cards to improve price/performance ratios, shrink form factors, and add new features.
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