Control Systems

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Motors, Drives March 4, 2021

Improved stepper motor systems support more applications

Stepper motor systems deliver more precision than standard variable-speed motors without the expense and complexity of servo motors, and newer high bus voltage options provide additional flexibility. See 5 motor technologies, common uses.

By Joe Kimbrell
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Sponsored Control Systems March 3, 2021

Digitalization as a competitive advantage in control panel construction

Engineering, design and documentation account for nearly half of the costs in control panel construction.

By Siemens Industry, Inc.
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PLCs, PACs March 4, 2021

Three signs it might be time to upgrade a PLC

Programmable logic controllers (PLCs) are designed to last a long time, but even they have a shelf life. Three tips for knowing when to upgrade are highlighted as well as a cautionary tale.

By Brad Smith
Aveva Teamwork enables industrial organizations to implement skills development, knowledge sharing, and collaboration management across their enterprise from the cloud. Whether providing training videos, digital logbook or answering a call for help, Aveva Teamwork solves many of the challenges with traditional training and knowledge retention industrial organizations experience. Aveva pushes to provide a complete edge-to-enterprise solution architecture for complex industrial and infrastructure monitoring and control. Courtesy: Aveva
virtualization, Cloud, Analytics, Edge Computing March 5, 2021

New edge devices and automation benefits

Build smarter end-to-end automation systems with edge technologies. See three ways to prepare automation for edge success and case study that resulted in a 5% increase in yield.

By Rashesh Mody
Courtesy: Emerson
PLCs, PACs May 5, 2020

Should I use an edge controller, PLC, or PAC?

Industrial automation end users are finding edge control technologies excel at familiar programmable logic controller (PLC) and programmable automation controller (PAC) applications while delivering future-proof computing and communication options.

By Darrell Halterman
The image at left shows the crystal structure of a MoTe2|PtS2 heterobilayer with isocharge plots from a model created at Rice University. When the materials are stacked together, mirror symmetry is broken and there is a charge transfer that creates an intrinsic electric field. This field is responsible for Rashba-type spin-splitting shown by the band structure at right, where the spin is perpendicular to momentum. Courtesy: Sunny Gupta, Rice University
PID, APC March 1, 2021

Theory accelerates push for spintronic devices

Rice University models help ID materials for advanced electronics, computer memories for spintronics.

By Mike Williams
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IIoT, Industrie 4.0 March 2, 2021

Control Engineering hot topics, February 2021

Control Engineering's most clicked articles in February 2021 included stories on the 2021 Engineers' Choice Awards, top 5 VFD parameter changes explained, the evolution of control systems with artificial intelligence, 3 data analysis tips, and more. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Keagan Gay