Robots powered by artificial intelligence and machine learning are being employed to carry out mundane, repetitive tasks and more complex functions such as improving quality, throughput, enhancing employee safety, reducing waste and increasing customer satisfaction. Courtesy: L&T Technology Services
PID, APC February 12, 2019

Robotics and AI improve factories of the future

Cover Story: Robotics and artificial intelligence (AI) will improve product and service quality, create greater throughput, enhance employee safety, reduce variability, cut waste, and, most increase customer satisfaction.

By Dr. Keshab Panda
The process control system (PCS) ties all the automation elements of a process manufacturing unit together and its performance level and quality is crucial to keep operations running smoothly. Courtesy: Maverick Technologies
PID, APC January 31, 2019

How to select a process control system

Selecting a process control system (PCS) involves experienced personnel and understanding critical elements for operations.

By Lynn Njaa
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PID, APC 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
Figure 1. The network architecture supports groups of field instruments and actuators using mesh communication to support reliable data transfer. Each device acts as a data originator and potential relay point. Courtesy: Emerson Automation Solutions
PID, APC December 1, 2018

Control Engineering hot topics, November 2018

Control Engineering's most clicked articles in November 2018 included stories about the Engineers' Choice Finalists, matching motors and drives, designing a wireless IIoT gateway, complex upgrades, and more. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
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PID, APC November 29, 2018

Getting stronger process readings

Getting an accurate process variable measurement depends on many factors, but it must begin with the right instrumentation.

By Megan Wiens
Figure 1. Understanding the data quality starts with the communication between the analyzer and the process control system. The process should be viewed as a hierarchy all the way down to the component. Courtesy: Maverick Technologies
PID, APC November 2, 2018

Analyze data quality for process control systems

Data obtained from process analyzers need to be trusted and verified to help the user make an informed decision. Considerations include communications reliability, analyzer status, and logic platform.

By Norm Kincade
PID, APC October 30, 2018

Top 10 tuning tips for control engineers

Best practices to follow to increase loop tuning performance and reliability in a facility include increased efficiency, controller gain, and being aware of loop interactions.

By Allan Kern, APC Performance LLC
PID, APC October 11, 2018

Vote now for 2019 Engineers’ Choice Finalists

The official ballot is open for voting for Control Engineering North American print and digital edition subscribers, for a limited time. Review finalists and vote by using CFE Media's New Products for Engineers platform. (Voting closed Jan. 4, 2019.)

By Amanda Pelliccione
PID, APC August 30, 2018

Pros and cons of autotuning—the big story

The historic challenges of single-loop tuning, the limited success of autotuning, and the modern difficulties of model-based control share the same root cause.

By Allan Kern, APC Performance LLC
PID, APC August 28, 2018

Part singulation system benefits for robots

Part singulation can help companies who are considering using robots for assembly, picking, and palletizing applications.

By Brad Czecholinski, Cross Company