PID, APC
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
PID, APC August 22, 2018

Five safety fencing benefits and considerations

Safety fencing plays an integral role in protecting employees from hazards posed by industrial machinery and companies need to consider aspects such as operator safety and the ease of installation and modularity.

By Kevin Gough, Cross Company
PID, APC August 15, 2018

Ladder Logic 306: Simulation

Using simulation for ladder logic allows users to test advanced situations that otherwise wouldn't be possible, reducing potential costs and hazards for users.

By Frank Lamb, Automation Primer
PID, APC August 14, 2018

Choosing between a sectional or monoblock valve

Sectional valves are the most versatile and configurable valve type for hydraulic systems, but a monoblock brings many added benefits when properly applied.

By Zek Grantham, Cross Company
PID, APC August 10, 2018

Alternatives to axles: Hydraulic direct wheel drive motors

Designing a frame to accept a hydraulic direct wheel drive system will greatly increase the available space for other system components.

By David Saunders, Cross Company
PID, APC August 8, 2018

How to choose an industrial automation controller

Choosing the most effective controller requires careful evaluation of multiple requirements.

By Jeff Payne, AutomationDirect
PID, APC August 7, 2018

The future of collaborative robot grippers

Robotic automation has become more focused on collaboration with humans, which has caused companies to improve robot grippers for safety reasons.

By Robotic Industries Association (RIA)
PID, APC August 6, 2018

OSHA and energy control

Be especially careful with the minor servicing exception in the Lockout/Tagout standard from OSHA. Certain kinds of “minor” activities that occur during normal production operations may not be covered by LOTO (but are covered under other OSHA standard provisions) and other “minor” activities are covered by LOTO; do you know which?

By Greg Dale, Faegre Baker Daniels
PID, APC August 5, 2018

Visualizing plant performance management optimization

Enabling integrated plant performance management is becoming easier with new tools available to widen optimization of individual units or areas.

By Control Engineering