Control Systems - CNC, Motion Control

Figure 1: Example of a proportional-integral-derivative (PID) control loop diagram with velocity and acceleration feed forwards. Courtesy: Delta Computer Systems

Open- vs. closed-loop control in fluid power applications

Fluid power applications are complex. It can be a challenge to choose between an open- or... » more

Warehouse, collaborative robotics expand vision guided robotics universe

Vision-guided robots have evolved into tools that can be used to automate all kinds of new tasks.  » more

IIoT and the rise of the cobots

Though traditional robots remain relevant, collaborative robots are starting to emerge more in the... » more

Hardy Process Solutions' Dynamic Checkweigher is a fully automated system designed to weigh items automatically in-motion and automated control is done with an embedded programmable logic controller (PLC). Courtesy: Hardy Process Solutions

Automated checkweigher system for in-motion items

Hardy Process Solutions' Dynamic Checkweigher is a fully automated system designed to weigh items... » more

Figure 1: DC motors work well in low cost, low speed or constant-torque applications such as on this belt-driven roller conveyor. Courtesy: AutomationDirect

How to select a motor for an industrial application

Cover Story: Understanding the main types of loads, motors, and applications can help simplify... » more

Figure 1: Even if the user doesn’t know all the application details, there are built-in tools to help calculate numbers for some variables that may be harder to track down such as inertia. Courtesy: Beckhoff Automation

Software helps size, select motors

Software can help engineers select the right motor regardless of application and be useful for new... » more

On the surface, programmable logic controllers (PLCs) and computers are similar, but PLCs can perform discrete and continuous control functions that a computer can't. Courtesy: Automation Primer

Six key differences between PLCs and computers

On the surface, programmable logic controllers (PLCs) and computers are similar, but PLCs can... » more

Top 5 Control Engineering articles January 30 to February 5: IIoT advice, matrix VFD technology, choosing the best controller, more

Articles about the IIoT and manufacturing, matrix VFD technology, choosing the best controller for... » more

Figure 1: Example of a proportional-integral-derivative (PID) control loop diagram with velocity and acceleration feed forwards. Courtesy: Delta Computer Systems Hardy Process Solutions' Dynamic Checkweigher is a fully automated system designed to weigh items automatically in-motion and automated control is done with an embedded programmable logic controller (PLC). Courtesy: Hardy Process Solutions Figure 1: DC motors work well in low cost, low speed or constant-torque applications such as on this belt-driven roller conveyor. Courtesy: AutomationDirect Figure 1: Even if the user doesn’t know all the application details, there are built-in tools to help calculate numbers for some variables that may be harder to track down such as inertia. Courtesy: Beckhoff Automation On the surface, programmable logic controllers (PLCs) and computers are similar, but PLCs can perform discrete and continuous control functions that a computer can't. Courtesy: Automation Primer

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  • The latest industrial PCs from EFCO are equipped with slots for half- and full-size PCI Express mini cards that can be used to support wireless functionality. Courtesy: EFCO
  • Schweitzer Engineering Labs' SEL-751 feeder protection relay is designed to let the user intuitively navigate to folders and applications with the tap of a finger and the appropriate security credentials. Courtesy: Schweitzer Engineering Labs

Micro terminal blocks for machine, switchgear applications

Phoenix Contact's MP 1.5 micro terminal blocks with push-in connection terminal blocks accommodate the increasing miniaturization of machine, switchgear and control cabinet design.

Touchscreen controller with flexible IO

EZAutomation's EZTouch I/O flex is a compact touch-screen controller for various control applications.

Intrinsically safe wireless flow transmitter

Signal Fire's transmitter wirelessly forwards flow data anywhere in the world with an Internet connection.

The latest industrial PCs from EFCO are equipped with slots for half- and full-size PCI Express mini cards that can be used to support wireless functionality. Courtesy: EFCO

Compact industrial computers for IIoT applications

The SmartAIO U7-300 series computers from EFCO offer gateway connectivity for IIoT applications. » more

Schweitzer Engineering Labs' SEL-751 feeder protection relay is designed to let the user intuitively navigate to folders and applications with the tap of a finger and the appropriate security credentials. Courtesy: Schweitzer Engineering Labs

Feeder protection relay for simplified monitoring

Schweitzer Engineering Labs' SEL-751 feeder protection relay is designed to let the user intuitively navigate to folders and applications with the tap of a finger and the appropriate security credentials. » more

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Real-world HMI design considerations for improved...

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Pump Control: Introduction

The U.S. alone has 32 million motors and about...

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Covers equipment and methods used to measure and manipulate the conditions of continuous and batch processes.

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