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Automation March 27, 2024

Optimize next-level automation installations, 2024 and beyond, Part 4: Automation implementation best practices

In a January 11, 2024 webcast, “Automation: Optimize next-level automation installations, 2024 and beyond,” Michael DeBoer, director of automation at Interstates, Eric Smith, President at APCO, and Scott Richards, senior project manager at Polytron discussed automation needs and opportunities, as well as providing best practice for implementation. Read part 4 of the transcript below.

By Control Engineering
Automation March 25, 2024

Top 5 Control Engineering content: March 18-24, 2024

The top 5 pieces of content from the past week includes process automation, control loops, machine guarding and more.

By Tyler Wall
Automation March 25, 2024

Optimize next-level automation installations, 2024 and beyond, Part 3: How automation solves bottleneck challenges

In a January 11, 2024 webcast, “Automation: Optimize next-level automation installations, 2024 and beyond,” Michael DeBoer, director of automation at Interstates, Eric Smith, President at APCO, and Scott Richards, senior project manager at Polytron discussed automation needs and opportunities, as well as providing best practice for implementation. Read part 3 of the transcript below.

By Control Engineering
Automation March 22, 2024

Optimize next-level automation installations, 2024 and beyond, Part 2: Automation bottlenecks, challenges

In a January 11, 2024 webcast, “Automation: Optimize next-level automation installations, 2024 and beyond,” Michael DeBoer, director of automation at Interstates, Eric Smith, President at APCO, and Scott Richards, senior project manager at Polytron discussed automation needs and opportunities, as well as providing best practice for implementation. Read part 2 of the transcript below.

By Control Engineering
Automation March 21, 2024

Automation mergers, acquisitions, capital markets analysis: March 2024

The Bundy Group reported seven automation transactions in the month of March. Analysis on the acquisitions and reports are highlighted below.

By Clint Bundy
Automation March 20, 2024

Optimize next-level automation installations, 2024 and beyond, Part 1: Automation needs and opportunities

In a January 11, 2024, webcast, “Automation: Optimize next-level automation installations, 2024 and beyond,” Michael DeBoer, director of automation at Interstates, Eric Smith, President at APCO, and Scott Richards, senior project manager at Polytron discussed automation needs and opportunities, as well as providing best practice for implementation. Read part 1 of the transcript below.

By Control Engineering
Automation March 18, 2024

Improving automation, logistics for material handling and warehousing facilities

Doug Schuchart, global intralogistics manager for Beckhoff, talked about what they're doing to improve operations management for engineers. See video.

By Chris Vavra
Automation March 6, 2024

Available now: Control Engineering January/February 2024 digital edition

Control Engineering cover story for January/February 2024 is “Synchronized networks = tighter machine controls, precision, lower-costs,” more than 20 automation and control articles, videos, podcasts and 18 topical eBooks.

By Mark T. Hoske
Automation February 26, 2024

Your questions answered: Automation: Optimize next-level automation installations, 2024 and beyond

Optimizing automation installations now and in the future is critical, but there are many challenges. Additional answers from this live webcast are addressed here.

By Control Engineering
Automation February 23, 2024

Automation mergers, acquisitions, capital markets analysis: February 2024

The Bundy Group reported nine automation transactions in the month of February. Analysis on the acquisitions and reports are highlighted below.

By Clint Bundy
Automation January 25, 2024

Automation mergers, acquisitions, capital markets analysis: January 2024

The Bundy Group reported 13 automation transactions in the month of January. Analysis on the acquisitions and reports are highlighted below.

By Clint Bundy
Automation January 19, 2024

Automation merger, acquisition trends for the future

Clint Bundy from Bundy Group talks about several trends in the automation market and how this is affecting mergers and acquisitions.

By Chris Vavra
Automation January 19, 2024

How automation can enable success and improve workforce culture

Automation technologies can enable many positive changes, but it needs buy-in from all levels of the workforce to achieve true success.

By Chris Vavra
Automation January 17, 2024

Automation group celebrates 50th anniversary

The Association for Advancing Automation (A3) celebrates its 50th anniversary as the robotics and automation trade group looks to the future.

By The Association for Advancing Automation (A3)
Automation January 16, 2024

Manufacturing, global economy 2024-2025: Short-term pain, then growth

Parts of the global economy and various industries will either have a recession or flat year followed by several strong years ahead.

By Chris Vavra
Automation January 3, 2024

More webcast answers on how to revolutionize industrial automation software

More answers are available about a vendor-agnostic automation platform to help with interoperability, compatibility and harmonization, so automation systems and devices can work together effortlessly. Also see the archived Dec. 14 webcast about Universal Automation benefits.

By Control Engineering
Automation December 28, 2023

Automation mergers, acquisitions, capital markets analysis: December 2023

The Bundy Group reported 12 automation transactions in the month of December. Analysis on the acquisitions and reports are highlighted below.

By Clint Bundy
Automation December 20, 2023

How to meet industrial sustainability with automation, processes, people

Measurements and information sharing are important for meeting industrial sustainability goals: If an organization is struggling to meet 2025 goals, then 2030 is at risk. Advanced technology integration of automation and control systems, artificial intelligence and digital transformation can help adjust processes and empower people to move more quickly.

By Mark T. Hoske
Automation December 6, 2023

Updates and trends in the automation mergers, acquisitions market

Through a combination of transaction experience, meetings at industry events, and a recently completed survey, Bundy Group provides an update on the mergers and acquisitions market for the automation sector.

By Clint Bundy
Automation December 3, 2023

Benefits of decentralized automation concepts for manufacturers

Decentralized automation concepts can result in seamless integration of servo drives, bringing the power supply and the devices to where they are needed.

By Christian Kübler
Automation November 30, 2023

Automation mergers, acquisitions, capital markets analysis: November 2023

The Bundy Group reported 18 automation transactions in the month of November. Analysis on the acquisitions and reports are highlighted below.

By Clint Bundy
Automation November 29, 2023

How all-in-one automation platforms simplify machine building and increase design flexibility

Using a single source for machine automation design can solve many design, startup, and commissioning problems.

By Control Engineering
Automation November 22, 2023

See these Control Engineering hot topics for late 2023

Most-viewed articles over the last several months for Control Engineering include stories on PLC programming languages, the Career and Salary Survey, Industry 4.0 and more.

By Mark T. Hoske
Automation November 13, 2023

How can automation and sustainability work together to meet business goals?

A new position paper from the International Society of Automation (ISA) gives an overview of the many ways that automation can ease the pathway to reaching sustainability goals. Read a summary below.

By Marty Bince
Automation November 10, 2023

Automation Fair 2023: Four advances in future automation technologies for industries

Innovations in industrial technology and future impacts on people, processes and productivity were among topics covered by Nov. 9 keynote presenter, Cyril Perducat, Rockwell Automation senior vice president and chief technology officer, at Automation Fair 2023 by Rockwell Automation.

By Mark T. Hoske and Chris Vavra
Automation November 6, 2023

Automation Fair, Nov. 6-9: What’s possible with automation, productivity, resilience, sustainability?

The 32nd annual Automation Fair by Rockwell Automation opens today, Nov. 6, at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center where Rockwell Automation and its partners offer more than 120 interactive exhibits, more than 325 sessions, more than 500 hours of training by more than 400 experts. More than 10,000 are expected to attend in four days.

By Mark T. Hoske
Automation October 26, 2023

Automation mergers, acquisitions, capital markets analysis: October 2023

The Bundy Group reported 21 automation transactions in the month of October. Analysis on the acquisitions and reports are highlighted below.

By Clint Bundy
Automation September 28, 2023

Automation mergers, acquisitions, capital markets analysis: September 2023

The Bundy Group reported 17 automation transactions in the month of September. Analysis on the acquisitions and reports are highlighted below.

By Clint Bundy
Automation September 18, 2023

Pack Expo Recap: Developing automation systems for facilities

Manufacturers are working on developing larger factory automation systems that can encompass most, if not all, of a facility’s needs.

By Chris Vavra
Automation September 12, 2023

How to automate 2024 insights: Your top advice from Control Engineering research

Control Engineering research shows the importance of control systems, motors and drives, process instrumentation and sensors, system integration and industrial networking. Advice focuses on how to automate.

By Mark Hoske
Automation September 11, 2023

2023 Engineering Leader Under 40: Andres Aguilar, 39

Andres Aguilar, 39, Lean Six Sigma Black Belt, John Crane, Morton Grove, Illinois

By CFE Media
Automation September 11, 2023

2023 Engineering Leader Under 40: Richard Ahlfield, 33

Richard Ahlfeld, CEO & Founder, Monolith, London

By CFE Media
Automation September 11, 2023

2023 Engineering Leader Under 40: Fai Al Sanea, 33

Fai Al Sanea, 33, Senior Engineering Program Supervisor, Honeywell, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia

By CFE Media
Automation September 11, 2023

2023 Engineering Leader Under 40: Joseph Dolivo, 35

Joseph Dolivo, 35, Chief Technology Officer, 4IR Solutions Corp., Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

By CFE Media
Automation September 11, 2023

2023 Engineering Leader Under 40: Mercedes Elizalde, 26

Mercedes Elizalde, 26, Senior Product Owner, Hardware, Rockwell Automation, Mayfield Heights, Ohio

Automation September 11, 2023

2023 Engineering Leader Under 40: Ashish Garg, 37

Ashish Garg, 37, Assistant General Manager, Jindal Saw Ltd., Anantapur Andhra Pradesh, India

By Control Engineering
Automation September 11, 2023

2023 Engineering Leader Under 40: Nick Gigliotti, 30

Nick Gigliotti, Group Manager, Customer Success Management (EMEA), Seeq, Seattle

By Control Engineering
Automation September 11, 2023

2023 Engineering leader under 40: Pankaj Goel, 36

Pankaj Goel, 36, Instrumentation, Measurement & Control Systems Engineer, ExxonMobil, Spring, Texas

By Control Engineering
Automation September 11, 2023

2023 Engineering leader under 40: John Grounds, 34

John Grounds, 34, Plant Engineer, PAC Worldwide, Phoenix

By Plant Engineering
Automation September 11, 2023

2023 Engineering leader under 40: Zachary Jones, 29

Zachary Jones, 29, Director of Engineering, Pigler Automation, Longmont, Colorado

By Control Engineering
Automation September 11, 2023

2023 Engineering leader under 40: Justin Katz, 37

Justin Katz, 37 Manager of Product Management, Inside Sales & Tech Support, Schmalz, Raleigh, North Carolina

By Plant Engineering
Automation September 11, 2023

2023 Engineering leader under 40: Ankur Kumar, 34

Ankur Kumar, 34, Operations Technology Development Lead, Linde, Tonawanda, New York

By Plant Engineering
Automation September 11, 2023

2023 Engineering leader under 40: Kaleigh Linton, 23

Kaleigh Linton, 23, Industrial Engineer, Simon & Schuster, Riverside, New Jersey

By Plant Engineering
Automation August 30, 2023

Automation mergers, acquisitions, capital markets analysis: August 2023

The Bundy Group reported 10 automation transactions in the month of August. Analysis on the acquisitions and reports are highlighted below.

By Clint Bundy
Automation August 12, 2023

How to automate: Best Control Engineering advice, August 2023

Tempting as it is, I won’t duplicate the table of contents, but below see some of my favorite advice from this “How to automate” issue of Control Engineering. Industrial PCs, motion control, industrial networking, PLCs, edge computing and automation troubleshooting are among topics.

By Mark T. Hoske
Automation August 9, 2023

Are you prepared for the future of manufacturing?

To avoid falling behind, manufacturers need to familiarize themselves with automation trends such as cybersecurity, analytics, MES/ERP integration and robotics.

By Raymond Berning
Automation July 27, 2023

Automation mergers, acquisitions, capital markets analysis: July 2023

The Bundy Group reported 13 automation transactions in the month of July. Analysis on the acquisitions and reports are highlighted below.

By Clint Bundy
Automation June 29, 2023

Automation mergers, acquisitions, capital markets analysis: June 2023

The Bundy Group reported 15 automation transactions in the month of June. Analysis on the acquisitions and reports are highlighted below.

By Clint Bundy
Automation June 4, 2023

Next generation development tools help equipment intelligence

Manufacturing industries need to develop new concepts of automation core component products and software development tools for future digitization and intelligence.

By Stone Shi
Automation May 27, 2023

Automotive lidar’s role growing because of increased use of autonomous vehicles

The automotive lidar market is expected to grow to $8.4 billion by 2033 due to increased adoption of autonomous vehicles (AVs) and advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS).

By Dr. Xiaoxi He
Automation May 26, 2023

Automation mergers, acquisitions, capital markets analysis: May 2023

The Bundy Group reported 15 automation transactions in the month of May. Analysis on the acquisitions and reports are highlighted below.

By Clint Bundy
Automation May 24, 2023

Automate 2023 Day Two: Optimize and simplify manufacturing applications

Manufacturers at Automate 2023 are emphasizing products that can perform complex tasks, but are designed to be simple and easy to use.

By Chris Vavra
Automation April 27, 2023

Automation mergers, acquisitions, capital markets analysis: April 2023

The Bundy Group reported 15 automation transactions in the month of April. Analysis on the acquisitions and reports are highlighted below.

By Clint Bundy
Automation April 20, 2023

Hannover Messe 2023 Day Three: Connectivity and communication are critical to industrial transformation

Manufacturers and associations at Hannover Messe emphasized the need for better connectivity and communication with their products and each other.

By Chris Vavra
Automation April 19, 2023

The fundamentals of troubleshooting in industrial automation

Maintaining and troubleshooting industrial equipment requires a certain level of mechanical and electrical knowledge, but it starts with common sense and understanding the fundamentals of automation.

By Frank Lamb
Automation April 18, 2023

Hannover Messe 2023 Day One: Manufacturers emphasizing industrial transformation, flexibility

Manufacturers at Hannover Messe 2023 are tightening their focus and emphasizing total solutions and products for their customers. See video.

By Chris Vavra
Automation April 10, 2023

Top 5 Control Engineering content: April 3-9, 2023

The top 5 articles from the past week include PID loop tuning, smart instrumentation and logistics automation.

By David Miller
Automation April 10, 2023

AI, flexible robotics’ growing role in manufacturing’s future

Artificial intelligence (AI) and flexible robotic systems have emerged as key technologies in industrial automation's future and are having an impact in many ways.

By Emmet Cole
Automation March 28, 2023

Logistics, robotics advances at the heart of improving automation

ProMat’s return after a four-year absence showed a greater emphasis on robotics and how logistics improvements can make automation better in manufacturing facilities. See video.

By Chris Vavra
Automation January 17, 2023

Manufacturing, global economy: Mild 2024 recession

The global economy is likely heading toward a mild recession in 2024 with a quick recovery, and manufacturers can position themselves in front of these challenges by taking charge; automation is part of the answer.

By Chris Vavra
Automation December 3, 2022

Upgrading ventilation equipment systems in automotive tunnels

An integration project required upgrading legacy equipment in a tunnel that sees thousands of vehicles driving through every day without causing potential safety issues.

By Nick Hein and Sean Creager
Automation November 17, 2022

Automation show announced for 2023

Automate 2023 in Detroit will feature more than 600 exhibitors showcasing machine vision, robotics, AI technology and more.

By Association for Advancing Automation (A3)
Automation October 10, 2022

How all-in-one automation platforms simplify machine building and increase design flexibility

Some typical automation challenges are addressed by having one throat to choke

By CFE Media
Automation September 15, 2022

Re-industrialization at risk from automation education gap

A survey by ABB finds there is a growing desire to reshore or nearshore manufacturing, but there's a major automation education gap, which could hamper efforts.

By ABB
Automation August 28, 2022

Cooperation to develop an instrumentation device profile

Cooperation will harmonize OPC UA-based field instruments and accelerate development and adoption in automation.

By FieldComm Group
Automation August 27, 2022

Helping autonomous vehicles navigate tricky highway merges

If autonomous vehicles are ever going to achieve widespread adoption, we need to know they are capable of navigating complex traffic situations, such as merging into heavy traffic when lanes disappear on a highway.

By Matt Shipman
Automation July 30, 2022

15 pieces of automation advice from ROKLive 2022

Automation can help optimize industrial operations, as noted at ROKLive, a recent conference on industrial operations, maintenance, engineering, and enterprise-wide solutions automation, linking operational technology (OT) and information technology (IT).

By Mark T. Hoske
Automation July 27, 2022

Applying automation in today’s manufacturing facilities

Automation is a necessity for manufacturing facilities, and it starts with gathering data and understanding where it is (and isn’t) needed and what technologies can help maximize return on investment (ROI).

By Chris Clayton
Automation July 1, 2022

Why automation matters for every manufacturer

Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) can level the playing field with their larger competitors by embracing automation with an approach that best suits their business needs.

By Paul Rivers
Automation June 20, 2022

Automation and manufacturing trends for the future

Jeff Burnstein, A3 president and the key organizer behind Automate 2022, offered his views on the latest trends in automation and what he sees for the future.

By Tim Dawson
Automation June 17, 2022

Flexible automation, robotics at Automate

Automate 2022 in Detroit strongly emphasized flexible automation as companies seek ways to address the supply chain and labor shortages exacerbated by COVID-19 and other world events.

By Chris Vavra
Automation June 7, 2022

Automation can help manufacturers, workers thrive

The growing need for skilled workers and increased automation should be a joint venture that can provide benefits for the company and employees.

By Chris Vavra
Automation May 4, 2022

Overcoming industrial automation implementation challenges

Industry 4.0, elevated levels of efficiency will lead to better use of assets and increased output, but upfront financial costs can be difficult for some manufacturers.

By Arkadiusz Grzegorek
Automation April 25, 2022

Combat labor shortages with automated solutions

Implement automated features into the manufacturing process to remain agile and equipped to meet future consumer demands.

By Rao Kolla
Automation April 22, 2022

Full stack automation operational, workforce benefits

Full stack automation can help manufacturers be more flexible and ready for automation changes and can give engineers better, more accurate real-time information.

By Sean Murray
Automation April 20, 2022

Improving sustainability with your communications network

Selecting the right network technology is a key step in enhancing sustainability in manufacturing.

By Thomas Burke
Automation April 14, 2022

Automation, robotics, AI, ransomware

Think Again: Applying automation, robotics, artificial intelligence (AI) may be easier than you think. Preventing a ransomware attack may be more difficult, as explained at the A3 Business Forum in February. See upcoming conferences.

By Mark T. Hoske
Automation March 12, 2022

Robotics, motion control, machine vision, AI

Think Again: Business is strong for automation, as explained by speakers at the A3 Business Forum in February.

By Mark T. Hoske
Automation February 24, 2022

Entries open for startup challenge at automation show

The Cowen Startup Challenge: Automate to Outperform, taking place at Automate 2022 in Detroit in June, will exhibit innovative companies and entrepreneurs with a $10,000 prize.

By Association for Advancing Automation (A3)
Automation February 4, 2022

Understanding the basics of automation validation

Regardless of role, having a basic understanding of the concepts and typical documentation, will allow engineers to better appreciate the effort involved in ensuring compliance.

By Rob Goldsmith
Automation February 1, 2022

Control Engineering hot topics, January 2022

Control Engineering's most clicked articles in January 2022 included stories on Control Engineering hot topics, industrial automation advances, embedded systems, edge computing advances and more. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Automation January 24, 2022

Top 5 Control Engineering articles January 17-23, 2022

Articles about the industrial automation, lithium-ion batteries, most-viewed articles of 2021, Control Engineering table of contents and industrial cybersecurity hot topics were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from January 17-23, 2022. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Automation October 13, 2021

Automation mergers, acquisitions, capital: Curry, Fetch, Revere, Zebra

Global automation is expected to expand 51% from 2020 to 2025, driven by personal shortages, remote monitoring and increased records requirements and productivity demands. Robust mergers and acquisition investments to enhance margins validate the growth, explains the Bundy Group.

By Clint Bundy
Automation September 16, 2021

Control Engineering August 2021 edition gets a grip on applying automation

How to apply automation is the topical focus of the August 2021 digital edition of Control Engineering. Link to the August issue articles below and to prior 2021 issues.

By Mark T. Hoske
Automation August 20, 2021

Applying automation: The right infrastructure for the best results

Realizing the benefits of automation in an industrial setting requires significant upfront investment. Software must be modernized and data must be migrated to the hybrid cloud.

By Joe Berti
Automation August 16, 2021

Inside the how-to guide for applying automation

While everything from Control Engineering helps with applying automation, more than a dozen August articles offer advice on applying automation to get the best results.

By Mark T. Hoske
Automation August 14, 2021

Making the case for full automation

Opinion: It is in everyone's best interests to move to full automation, particularly for publicly-owned facilities. Experiences running large spinning equipment in a dangerous and unhealthy environment led to exploring ways to reduce, if not eliminate, human involvement in the process.

By Daniel E. Capano
Automation August 11, 2021

4 variables to consider before applying new automation technologies

Automation investment advice: Implement leading-edge automation technology, achieve a fast return on investment (ROI) and make it simple for the end user to support. These do not have to be mutually exclusive goals for automation technologies.

By Tom Jensen
Automation August 10, 2021

How tomorrow’s automation technology will transform workforce

The automation revolution is changing how technology is implemented and how workers are being trained. Companies need to rethink everything from the top-down to thrive in the future.

By Joe Bastone
Automation July 29, 2021

How warehouse automation business models are diverging

System integrators are looking to expand their service offering through additional network consulting and supply chain software applications, which means the automation hardware itself is becoming a smaller and smaller subset of the solution offering and is changing how companies approach the issue.

By Rueben Scriven
Automation July 29, 2021

Engineering company installs automated production, material handling solutions

Applied Manufacturing Technologies (AMT) completed two major projects at Detroit-based Wolverine Packing Co., based in Michigan.

By Applied Manufacturing Technologies (AMT)
Automation June 6, 2021

Warehouse automation vendors focusing on after-sales services market

There is plenty of potential growth in the after-sales market for warehouse automation vendors as COVID-19 continues to change the way people consume goods.

By Jason Depreaux
Automation May 17, 2021

Top 5 Control Engineering articles May 10-16, 2021

Articles about connected distribution centers, SCADA master plan frameworks, integrated automation suites, PLC-controlled robots and OPC UA communications were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from May 10-16, 2021. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Automation May 6, 2021

Automation built for resiliency

Resilient automation products and practices are a necessity for most industrial applications using sensors, wiring, power distribution, controllers, networks, actuators and software integrated into an automation system.

By Bill Dehner
Automation April 30, 2021

How industrial automation can benefit from 5G

5G is appealing to industrial automation where distance concerns can be overcome easily with many cells and the performance can surpass that of traditional Wi-Fi.

By PI North America
Automation April 13, 2021

How hyperautomation can help manufacturers

Hyperautomation technologies is a fast-growing concept that offers many benefits for the industrial sector.

By Guy Kirkwood
Automation April 12, 2021

Integrated automation suites solve 24/7 connectivity problems

Edge solutions deliver data insights that increase uptime

By John DeTellem and Ramey Miller
Automation April 3, 2021

Data link layer protocol examined

CAN in Automation (CiA) members have developed the CAN XL data link layer specification, which provides the functional and procedural means to transfer frames between nodes and to detect errors that occur in the physical layer.

By CAN in Automation
Automation March 31, 2021

How to achieve remote automation success

In a remote, yet connected world, this is how to keep pace with the changing face of automation in manufacturing

By Ram Ramamoorthy
Automation March 26, 2021

Challenging human quality inspection

Automated systems still struggle to replicate human efficiency in some visual inspection applications, but there are ways to get machine systems up to speed. Automated machine vision systems can improve over time; see three ways machine vision is catching up.

By Gary Cohen
Automation March 7, 2021

Six steps for supporting an automation system

There’s nothing revolutionary in this six-step process; however, it is a workable model for helping to find, analyze and correct system issues.

By Ed Miller
Automation February 26, 2021

Research project for safer autonomous vehicles

Semcon is working with Vinnova on a research project to devise analysis methods and processes for continuous development of safe connected and automated vehicles. 

By Semcon
Automation February 23, 2021

Automation benefits on the factory floor

There are many ways automation benefits can be tangibly realized now and they will be needed as the COVID-19 pandemic is changing how we realize value on the factory floor.

By Association for Advancing Automation (A3)
Automation February 20, 2021

Industrial automation partnerships build strength in numbers

Partnerships and collaboration are the foundation that enable end-users and suppliers to develop complete solutions for industrial automation and beyond.

By Thomas Burke
Automation February 4, 2021

Integrating flow, process control improves operations

System integration, operations advice: Integrated flow and process control can significantly improve oil and gas operations.

By Tim Manning
Automation January 30, 2021

Boosting productivity with automation

Manufacturers that adopt automation will gain long-term success

By Tom Bouchier
Automation December 20, 2020

Data flow, alarms, simulation, cybersecurity, robotics

Control Engineering highlights automation, controls and instrumentation successes in every issue at www.controleng.com in between.

By Mark T. Hoske
Automation October 3, 2020

Prioritizing next year’s control system integration projects

Get six insights from a system integrator on planning future industrial automation and control system projects.

By Rick Slaugenhaupt
Automation September 25, 2020

Automated container terminal streamlines U.S. supply chain

The TraPac San Pedro Bay facility in Los Angeles is the first automated container terminal in North America, bringing more goods through the same footprint, with faster truck turn times and a 90% reduction in emissions

By Nelly Ayllon
Automation August 19, 2020

Auto manufacturers are leveraging AR/VR technologies to address COVID-19

More than a third of auto manufacturers are implementing augmented and virtual reality (AR/VR) technologies to address COVID-19 social distancing and other challenges according to a survey by Grid Raster.

By GridRaster
Automation August 10, 2020

Redefining the boundaries of industrial automation

Production challenges do not wait on IT developments and automation technology advances enable data access and use from almost anywhere.

By George Walker
Automation July 23, 2020

Space-rate force/torque sensor developed for Mars 2020 Rover

ATI Industrial Automation worked with NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratories (JPL) to develop a custom force/torque sensor for Perseverance, the Mars 2020 Rover project. See video of the project.

By ATI Industrial Automation
Automation July 3, 2020

COVID-19’s impact on Chinese automation markets

Influence of COVID-19 on China’s automation market: Initial impact of COVID-19 on the domestic Chinese automation market less than expected; most first-quarter sales came from orders last year. Negative COVID-19 effects on Chinese automation in the second or third quarter may increase; opportunities for automation growth exist. 

By Stone Shi
Automation July 2, 2020

Modular window film application system reveals high precision, throughput

PDS IG Equipment doubles window film throughput compared to the industry standard by using EtherCAT and PC-based control.

By James Figy
Automation June 23, 2020

COVID-19 survey results show impact on automation industry

How the global coronavirus pandemic has effected manufacturing, onshoring, new developments, and more

By Robotic Industries Association (RIA)
Automation June 20, 2020

Maximizing operational efficiency and productivity

Discrete event simulation (DES) on existing processes can help identify and unlock additional production capacity and improve operational efficiency for manufacturers.

By Tim Bednall
Automation June 17, 2020

Polymer manufacturing technique developed vehicle, packaging production

Purdue University researchers have developed a new way for manufacturers to use nanocellulose that can utilize sustainable cellulose nanomaterials for use in vehicles, food packaging and other manufactured items.

By Chris Adam
Automation June 1, 2020

SCADA platform tools save time and money

Installing a supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) system improved efficiency for a Wisconsin-based automotive supplier. Results included greater visibility, faster problem solving, lower costs and more throughput.

By Jim Meyers
Automation May 8, 2020

Engineering impact on COVID-19

How are engineers applying what they’ve learned to help during the COVID-19 pandemic? See six ways automation and control engineering industry knowledge can help.

By Mark T. Hoske
Automation May 4, 2020

Creating a safe path to digital with open standards

To keep pace with the digital age, the critical infrastructure and automation industries are looking beyond today’s control systems for new, common technologies to help balance requirements for uptime with digital technologies. Open standards can help.

By Ed Harrington
Automation April 18, 2020

Big Data analytics moves right to the edge

The implications of the introduction of the IEEE 802.3cg standard for industrial automation and what it might mean for 4-20mA or HART systems.

By Brendan O’Dowd
Automation April 6, 2020

The future of industrial automation training

Smarter workers: Think beyond the limitations of the human brain to help industrial automation and industrial automation education. Use the brain outside your brain (BOYB) to “know” things not previously learned.

By Jon Breen
Automation March 31, 2020

What do taxes, water and wastewater services and automation system integration have in common?

Crumbling infrastructure is no joke: Water and wastewater, taxes and automation system integration are linked in five critical ways important for taxpayers and those involved in automation and controls.

By Duane Grob
Automation March 24, 2020

Manufacturers focusing on faster automation in wake of coronavirus

GlobalData reports that the coronavirus (COVID-19) has made manufacturers realize the need for faster automation and innovation, but it is going to take time to recover from the virus' economic effects.

By GlobalData
Automation March 18, 2020

Coronavirus will force manufacturers to enhance automation, digitalization

COVID-19 is forcing manufacturers to rely more on automation and digitalization for long-term operations to reduce the financial impact from epidemics and other potential economic challenges.

By Jan Zhang
Automation March 12, 2020

How to compete and win with automation

With automation at an inflection point, a variety of technologies and interoperable standards efforts are bringing higher levels of flexibility, integration and optimization.

By Mark T. Hoske
Automation January 11, 2020

How clear were 2020 automation predictions?

Think again: Did you have 2020 vision? How clear were your foresights? Predictions of automation, controls, and instrumentation for 2020 were spot on, though perhaps closer to the ideal than to where most are. Are you making these changes quickly enough to stay competitive?

By Mark T. Hoske
Automation January 1, 2020

SCT Converter by Beckhoff Automation

Beckhoff Automation’s SCT current converters allows users to perform extensive inline analyses, for example, to detect and correct deviations quickly in order to minimize downtime.

By Beckhoff Automation
Automation October 11, 2019

Getting the automation zone “just right”

Many automation companies struggle with finding the “Goldilocks Zone” for their automation projects. Learn how companies can find that right balance by asking four questions before starting to automate.

By Chris Vavra
Automation September 7, 2019

Digital twins, engineering future of automation

Rapid growth of data collection make rapid expansion of digital twins more likely to add automation, supply chain efficiencies and optimization.

By Stone Shi
Automation July 30, 2019

Automation software can improve plant flexibility

The automotive industry, which can be rigid and inflexible, can improve production and meet increased demand for customization with automation software.

By Suzanne Gill
Automation June 8, 2019

Is automation going too far?

International: Just because something can be automated doesn’t mean it should. Pay attention to the details. High-profile mission-critical automation applications and smaller-scale control systems should optimize reliability, safety and efficiency.

By Stone Shi
Automation June 1, 2019

outdoorScan3 by Sick

Sick’s outdoorScan3 is a safety laser scanner that has been certified to IEC 62998 for use in outdoor applications. 

By Sick USA
Automation April 15, 2019

Taking control of controls

Ford’s 10-year operational evolution started with network standards.

By Bob Vavra
Automation April 1, 2019

Hannover Messe 2019, Day 1: Innovation challenged by human concerns

Supply chain leaders won’t link with digitalization; AI has human workers nervous.

By Bob Vavra
Automation March 31, 2019

Don’t ignore these automation trends

Think Again: No one wants to miss the next big thing. What if the next big thing in automation for your applications has been here all along, and you haven’t noticed?

By Mark T. Hoske
Automation March 24, 2019

Automated test equipment attributes

What attributes are needed in automated test equipment (ATE)? What automation should be considered for ATE designs? See 10 questions to ask when applying automation.

By Mark T. Hoske
Automation March 11, 2019

Automation group re-elects leaders

CAN in Automation re-elected the three members of their board: Uwe Koppe, Christian Schlegel, and Holger Zeltwanger.

By CAN in Automation
Automation March 7, 2019

Automation trends, insights from a new company president

Companies need to be open to new technologies to see fundamental paradigm shifts in productivity, beyond incremental improvements. Rapid increases in productivity, visibility, flexibility, and agility are needed.

By Mark T. Hoske
Automation March 4, 2019

Manufacturing and process facility trends: Optimization

Technology update: Optimization is among key trends for manufacturing and process facilities highlighted in the media session at ARC Forum 2019.

By Mark T. Hoske
Automation February 22, 2019

Help for automation design, selection, implementation

Automation product design, system integration, and application advice follows from some of the 2019 Engineers’ Choice winners.

By Mark T. Hoske
Automation February 20, 2019

Software can automate devices and systems

Machine manufacturers benefit from software that allows them to stay operational with their many automation devices while cutting costs and staying independent of an engineering framework.

By Jana Kocianova
Automation February 18, 2019

Automation needs to be easy to use

Automation advice: Devices and systems should provide a positive customer experience and be easily connect, monitor, commission, and operate. Use the smartphone benchmark.

By Craig Nelson
Automation February 17, 2019

Open architecture adds advantages to automation designs

Manufacturers should consider open architectures when designing new automation products for greater flexibility, innovation, and greater competitiveness.

By Mike Wolfe and Alex Harvey
Automation February 14, 2019

Automation company selects new president

Beckhoff Automation LLC has selected Kevin Barker as the company's new president, taking over for Aurelio Banda, who led the Minnesota-based company for four years.

By Beckhoff Automation
Automation February 14, 2019

Automation and robotics company acquired

Motion Industries has acquired Axis New England and Axis New York, an automation and robotics company.

By Motion Industries
Automation February 13, 2019

Use the positive effects of automation to plan ahead

Automation helps manufacturing employment, aids exports, and adds productivity. Key concerns include attracting and retaining a quality workforce, price increases in raw materials, trade uncertainties, and rising health care and insurance costs.

By Mark T. Hoske
Automation January 22, 2019

Automation standard seminar for newcomers and experts

CAN in Automation (CiA) is hosting a pair of seminars in March 2019 to explain CANopen benefits for beginners and experienced users.

By CAN in Automation
Automation January 2, 2019

Automation programming advances enhance communication, other capabilities

Automation software and hardware advances reduce programming tasks and provide more built-in configurability, scalability, background communication among software components, simulation/digital twin capability, and usability.

By John Kowal
Automation December 16, 2018

System repairs: 6 steps to find the root cause

Automation systems will eventually need to be repaired. Following a regular procedure while troubleshooting to find the root cause can be a big help.

By Ed Miller
Automation December 8, 2018

How to enhance automation systems with instrumentation, advanced analytics

Automation can be enhanced in a number of ways whether its through improving process instrumentation or unlocking the power of the Internet of Things (IoT)

By Jack Smith
Automation November 1, 2017

2017 Programmable Controller Software, Hardware Study

Respondents to the 2017 Programmable Controller Software and Hardware Study identified several key findings.

By Control Engineering

A letter from the editor

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