PID, APC
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
PID, APC August 2, 2018

Pros and cons of autotuning control: Part 2

Proportional-integral-derivative (PID) controllers that can automatically select their own tuning parameters sound good, but face challenges.

By Control Engineering
PID, APC August 1, 2018

Integrating IIoT equipment into manufacturing systems

The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) equipment should be integrated even into older manufacturing systems to optimize facility and system operations. Think you’re using IIoT technologies? Are you adding sensors in 12 steps or 6 steps?

By Jeff Miller, InSource Solutions
PID, APC August 1, 2018

Motion control standards drive IIoT

Among the most important standards for industrial motion control are open networking standards for interoperable communications, but don’t overlook the importance of standard naming conventions to ease system integration and promote Industrial Internet of Things and similar initiatives.

By Daniel Repp, Lenze
PID, APC July 31, 2018

How digitalization helps machine tool builders

Inside machines and embedded systems: New technologies will drive the digital factory of the future inside a machine in three ways. Greater efficiency and reliability will add value; new services will add revenue.

By Ramona Schindler, Siemens Industry Inc.