PLCs, PACs

Optimation provided engineering, controls programming and design, and skilled trade’s installation services, which included mechanical, electrical and construction management support, as well as control panel, pipe supports and frame fabrication. Courtesy: Optimation Technology Inc.
System Integrators November 27, 2019

System integrator upgrades complex batch system

Canadian food & beverage company, Grober Nutrition, expanded to the U.S. with the help of Optimation Technology Inc., and keeps growing.

By Jennifer Palumbo
Figure 1: Data acquisition network connections. Courtesy: Maverick Technologies
Data Acquisition, DAQ November 26, 2019

Eight data acquisition best practices

To discover which real-time data adds value to improve operational efficiencies and increase competitive edge in the marketplace, first understand data acquisition systems and consider the eight essential best practices for data acquisition success

By Brian E. Bolton
Figure 2: Real-time dashboards provide the information required for each level of the plant’s organization. Courtesy: Yokogawa Electric Corp.
Process Manufacturing November 4, 2019

Profit-driven operations require IT/OT integration

Maximizing process plant profits requires close integration across all levels of an organization.

By Yasunori Kobayashi
Factory automation and process control tag-naming matters for consistency, understanding, and troubleshooting. Courtesy: Frank Lamb, Automation Consulting, Automation Primer
Discrete Manufacturing November 1, 2019

Control Engineering hot topics, October 2019

Control Engineering's most clicked articles in October 2019 included stories about the Engineers' Choice finalists, PLC naming conventions, digital engineering practices, RPC and model-based control, and more. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Courtesy: Chris Vavra, CFE Media
Maintenance October 17, 2019

Predicting the end of unplanned downtime

Any unscheduled downtime will cause a major headache for engineers in the food and beverage manufacturing sector, but predictive maintenance can be a remedy.

By John Rowley
Factory automation and process control tag-naming matters for consistency, understanding, and troubleshooting. Courtesy: Frank Lamb, Automation Consulting, Automation Primer
PLCs, PACs October 7, 2019

PLC tag and address naming conventions

Control programming tutorial: Learn about tag templates, common factory automation tag abbreviations, process control tag abbreviations, and five tag and address naming tips.

By Frank Lamb
Word cloud of Control Engineering 2020 editorial topics provides clear vision for what we can help each other learn. Courtesy: Control Engineering, CFE Media and Technology
Educational September 21, 2019

Control Engineering 2020

Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), process and machine control systems, automation and instrumentation are among the topics Control Engineering will advance in 2020, a year that suggests perfect vision and hindsight, as we mark 65 years in September 2019.

By Mark T. Hoske
Figure 1: In OOIP, the control design is built from objects which match those in the physical plant or equipment design. Courtesy: ControlSphere Engineering
PID, APC September 18, 2019

OOIP Part 3: interfaces and methods

Interfaces and methods used in object-oriented industrial programming (OOIP) help deliver productivity of object-oriented programming (OOP) without the complexity. Because plants and equipment are assembled from objects, it’s logical that their control programming should be, too.

By Gary L. Pratt, P.E.
Mainland China in 2018 surpassed the United States to become the world’s largest sub-regional market for programmable logic controllers (PLCs), with estimated revenue of $1.7 billion in 2018. Courtesy IHS Markit | Technology
PLCs, PACs September 16, 2019

China leads global PLC market according to report

Research finds mainland China in 2018 surpassed the United States to become the world’s largest sub-regional market for programmable logic controllers (PLCs), with estimated revenue of $1.7 billion in 2018, though the PLC market overall is slumping after reaching highs in 2017.

By Rita Liu
Up to four communication protocols, including leading IT protocols such as Modbus TCP/IP and FTP, can be used simultaneously with high-performance HMIs. Courtesy: IDEC
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 September 16, 2019

Top 5 Control Engineering articles September 9-15

Articles about control system connectivity, vulnerable cloud servers, making things work with the IIoT, IIoT security, and succeeding with the AIoT were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from September 9-15. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra