Mark T. Hoske, Editor in Chief


Discrete Manufacturing September 1, 2009

Innovative engineering ingredients

Seven tips for spreading engineering innovation were relayed at NIWeek last month. Look for, learn, and apply game-changing technologies. What emerging technologies will seem, 30 years from now, as the Apple 2, Commodore 64, or TRS 80 do today? asked Dean Kamen, founder of Deka Research & Development Corp.

By Mark T. Hoske, Editor in Chief
Mobility July 1, 2009

Wireless prosperity

It is time to end any perceptions that wireless costs too much to implement, connect, and integrate, as recent information from Motorola and Honeywell demonstrate. Wireless also can be the next game-changer in productivity advances, an easy-to-construct "bridge" between islands of automation, even as handheld wireless devices converge, offering multiple capabilities.

By Mark T. Hoske, Editor in Chief
System Integrators June 1, 2009

Behavioral automation

Ideas related to behavioral economics seem to continue to expand and influence U.S. domestic policies. Behavioral engineering has been applied to many disciplines, including how organizations function and encourage safety. Now, let’s consider behavioral automation. Behaviors below might influence those in manufacturing to buy, apply, and optimize automation.

By Mark T. Hoske, Editor in Chief
HMI, OI May 1, 2009

Power supply considerations: Size, application, environment

Are power quality and reliability among your concerns? Are you working on a power supply retrofit project? Here are considerations, large and small, for sizing, application, and integration, to ensure minimum project disruption. A power supply system can include: Signaling module, dc power supplies, redundancy module, dc uninterruptible power supply (UPS), battery backup, and electronic diagno...

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Vision and Discrete Sensors April 28, 2009

RFID, machine vision sensors, I/O network components help error proofing

Error proofing machine-related processes with appropriate applications of sensor technologies can save a lot of money, Balluff says, with smart investments in industrial radio identification, machine vision sensors, I/O networks, and ...

By Mark T. Hoske, Editor in Chief
Machine Safety April 24, 2009

B&R redesigns mechatronics, cuts 30% machine automation costs

B&R Industrial Automation is helping machine builders and system integrators redesign machine mechatronics to remove 15-30% of the cost of machine automation with new industrial PCs, real-time operating systems, operator panels, PLCs, I/O modules, motors, networks, and safety devices.

By Mark T. Hoske, Editor in Chief
Motors and Drives April 14, 2009

Machine builder wins control panel design contest: 60% less space, 30% less wiring

CP Packaging won the 2009 Control Engineering panel design award, based on a poll at during March. The company’s design for plant-floor machine control panels focus on saving space, assembly, and startup time as key considerations, especially in rugged environments. This and five other panel design tutorial videos remain available for viewing and comment. Look inside the CP Packaging panel design and the others, as well.

By Mark T. Hoske, Editor in Chief
Robotics April 1, 2009

Engineering hope

Patch broken or damaged nerves and re-establish the brain-muscle-sensory control loop. Detect cancer as it forms. Create a robotic exoskeleton that helps a paraplegic walk. Create a computer with human thought capabilities. Wipe out illiteracy. Predict the future. Wirelessly power and share resources among electronic devices, including artificial hearts. Are you sharing engineering inspiration? Post your comments.

By Mark T. Hoske, Editor in Chief
Info Management March 1, 2009

Clarity, vision, foresight

It’s understatement to say that these are distracting times. While I felt out of sorts considering the many ways we might jump start the economy, 789 billion ways has my head spinning. (Did anyone ask the grandkids if that was OK?) If the U.S. economy had dashboard software used in manufacturing, the outcome would have been different.

By Mark T. Hoske, Editor in Chief
Mechatronics and Motion Control February 1, 2009

Top stories of 2008 and why

Of the myriad things I write, sharing the year’s top stories is best. A) It involves measurement, which is fun — sorting the number of times readers accessed these stories online. B) I get to learn what you found most interesting or useful and figure out why. In 2008, the following stories were most viewed at www.

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