Top 5 Control Engineering content: May 1-7, 2023

The top 5 articles from the past week include robotics, variable frequency drives and pump control.

By David Miller May 8, 2023

Control Engineering’s top 5 pieces of content over the past week covered robotics, variable frequency drives and pump control.

1. Four things to look for in a robotic integration partner

Partnering with an experienced robotic integrator that utilizes high-performance robots and leading-edge peripherals enables manufacturers to navigate the robotic automation journey.

2. Nano-sized materials for industrial computing

USC Viterbi researchers are developing new ways to observe the changes in the properties of nano-scale particle-like objects that can be used to make next-generation computers.

3. Beyond the purchase: How to get the most from your variable frequency drive

For machine control and other applications, controlling motor speed with variable frequency drives can save energy, but it’s not as easy as just adding a VFD. What else needs to be considered for motor control system efficiency?

4. Manufacturing in America 2023: Digitalization, automation, sustainability, productivity

How digital transformation and automation help manufacturing and industry was the focus of the 2023 Manufacturing in America event, in Detroit; the opening session included speakers from Siemens Digital Industries USA, State of Michigan, Automation Alley, Dasher Lawless design-construction-automation firm, and Infinite Acres, an automated vertical farming company.

5. How open process automation will shape the future of pump control

While Industry 4.0 can potentially allow for the intelligent optimization of multi-pump systems, without an open control platform, operators may struggle to properly coordinate their devices.