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Mark T. Hoske

Mark Hoske has been Control Engineering editor/content manager since 1994 and in a leadership role since 1999, covering all major areas: control systems, networking and information systems, control equipment and energy, and system integration, everything that comprises or facilitates the control loop. He has been writing about technology since 1987, writing professionally since 1982, and has a Bachelor of Science in Journalism degree from UW-Madison.


Robotics March 23, 2023

How software helps manufacturers better manage mobile robot fleets

Mobile robots and automated guided vehicles (AGVs) are helping manufacturing, distribution centers and warehousing applications move materials more effectively. Software can help manufacturers with design, implementation and management of mobile robots and AGVs fleets.

By Mark T. Hoske
Five advantages of IIoT digitalization in the OT data layer are connectivity, consolidation, context, collaboration and cloud access. Enabling technologies include advanced software and some combination of on-premise and cloud-based applications, according to Darek Kominek, senior consulting manager, Matrikon, in a March 28 Control Engineering webcast. Courtesy: Matrikon, Control Engineering webcasts
Digital Transformation March 21, 2023

What are 5 ways to digitalize an OT-data infrastructure?

Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) digitalization benefits include connectivity, consolidation, context, collaboration and cloud access.

By Mark T. Hoske
Wireless March 11, 2023

Wireless updates: LoRa Alliance LoRaWAN standard, 6G challenges

In separate wireless developments, LoRa Alliance discussed progress of the LoRaWAN standard and many organizations are sorting out challenges of 6G wireless band selection and technologies.

By Mark T. Hoske
System Integration March 7, 2023

How control-system integration advances competitiveness

As part of the 2023 “How to automate series” of webcasts, two system integrators highlighted in the Global System Integrator Report explain how integrating automation and controls can advance competitiveness. The March 8 webcast is archived for 1 year; summary advice follows.

By Mark T. Hoske
Video March 7, 2023

How EtherCAT helps industrial communications

Automation trends and applications such as need for interoperability and determinism have shaped industrial Ethernet use. EtherCAT structure, advantages, communications, functional safety, diagnostics and related information are covered by Bob Trask, EtherCAT Technology Group, in three videos with Control Engineering.

By Mark T. Hoske
Video March 6, 2023

Advantages of edge computing platforms in controls-related applications

Expert interview series: Edge computing use for industrial automation and controls implementations, differences from other computing options, when to use edge computing, software and programming, projects and lessons learned were topics of a Control Engineering interview with Emerson’s Darrell Halterman.

By Mark T. Hoske
Video March 3, 2023

Industrial edge helps turn big data into smart data

Industrial edge computing and cloud computing can help motion control, CNC and other applications by providing higher-level analytics for smart manufacturing applications as CNC processors focus on tool path and motion control. Control Engineering interview with August (Gus) Gremillion, Siemens, discusses edge computing advantages. See Siemens edge computing video interview for more.

By Mark T. Hoske
Sustainability February 23, 2023

How the control engineering profession helps sustainability

Visibility into the control loop (sense, decide and actuate) delivers sustainability goals.

By Mark T. Hoske
Webcasts February 20, 2023

How to determine ROI and get buy-in for workforce digital transformation

How can you gain buy-in for a digital transformation project by proving return on investment (ROI) and creating a clear case for adoption? Examine data, insights and experiences needed to empower the workforce for operations, in the field and in controls and maintenance departments. The Feb. 22 webcast, archived for a year, offers digital transformation advice and case studies.

By Mark T. Hoske
Digital Transformation February 10, 2023

Digital manufacturing, smart manufacturing, enable sustainability efforts

ZF Group, an automotive manufacturer, provides motion controls for automotive, industrial, wind power and is using digital transformation on the way to smart factory implementation to meet sustainability requirements.

By Mark T. Hoske
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