Case Studies

Case Studies April 1, 2009

Control and simulation technologies play key role in EcoCAR challenge

National Instruments announced its contribution as a platinum sponsor for EcoCAR: The NeXt Challenge, a new collegiate vehicle engineering competition. In the competition, students will reengineer a 2009 Saturn VUE with advanced technology to reduce environmental impact while retaining consumer appeal.

By Control Engineering Staff
Case Studies April 1, 2009

Data Collection Leads to Reduced Scrap, Increased Quality

Having been in business for more than 150 years, Intermet is considered an expert in designing, engineering, and manufacturing castings from ductile iron, aluminum, magnesium, and zinc. The operation has a capacity of more than 700,000 tons annually. With headquarters in Ft. Worth, TX, the corporation consists of three multi-plant manufacturing divisions: ferrous, die cast, and PCPC (pressure-c...

By Jeanine Katzel for Control Engineering
Case Studies February 3, 2009

Top 20 Control Engineering articles of 2008 at

Below are links to the top 20 articles posted during 2008 that received the most traffic during the calendar year at Most popular among Control Engineering readers were articles about electrical design software, rules for software project success, closing the engineering skills gap, copper versus fiber networks, and soft starters. Link to all 20 most valuable.

By Control Engineering Staff
Case Studies December 31, 2008

Control Engineering North American edition 2008 index

Looking for something? Do you recall a cover image, but cannot remember enough to use a search engine? Below is an index of Control Engineering 2008 North American print edition issues by cover and headlines to help you find what you need.

By Control Engineering Staff
Case Studies March 1, 2008

Safety: Tale of Two Applications

When done correctly, safety systems can be fun — or at least can make sure what's amusing doesn't turn tragic. A look at two case histories shows how integrating safety and control systems can cut costs while improving safety and reliability. The two examples are literally and figuratively from opposite ends of the earth.

By Hank Hogan for Control Engineering
Case Studies February 1, 2008

Top 20 of 2007

Think Again: Review these most-read Control Engineering articles posted online at during 2007. High-ranking topics include: PID, control valve actuators, encoders, stepper motors, control design for clean in place (CIP) applications, industrial Ethernet hardware, and security.

By Mark T. Hoske, Editor-in-Chief
Case Studies January 1, 2008

Closing the Skills Gap

The U.S. industrial sector has seen its fair share of changes and challenges during the past several decades. Throughout it all, however, manufacturers have been able to rely on a steady supply of fresh talent — particularly in the engineering sector — to fuel innovation and hone our competitive edge.

By Marc Moschetto, Control Engineering
Case Studies September 1, 2007

On Track with Machine Vision

Want to increase inspection time by factor of 10, raise quality, lower costs, augment worker satisfaction, improve safety, and lower variability? Advanced machine vision technologies can help. Users, system integrators, and vision vendors have tracked these results: Get on track with benefits machine vision can bring to you..

By Mark T. Hoske, Control Engineering
Case Studies August 1, 2007

Supercritical Control

Because of its abundance and affordability, coal continues to be a major energy source for power producers worldwide. However, as carbon consciousness becomes more prominent, technologies for gaining efficiency and reducing emissions from coal-fired plants become more critical. As boiler technologies grow more sophisticated, their control strategies must keep pace to take advantage of increased...

By Charlie Menten, Emerson Process Management