Emerson announced it has agreed to acquire Intelligent Platforms, a division of General Electric, to expand opportunities in machine control and discrete applications across process industries and target hybrid markets.
Five industrial controller findings
Researchers at Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) have developed a simulator to help operators of chemical processing plants better understand the security issues of industrial control systems (ICSs). Future versions are being planned to simulate electric power grids, treatment facilities, and other manufacturing facilities.
Choosing the most effective controller requires careful evaluation of multiple requirements.
A coordinate frame is a point of reference that defines the six degrees of freedom (DoF) in a PLCopen controller. A programmer needs to know how the different coordinate frames interact and which ones are important to understand.
As technology advances, hardware needs to be updated for optimal efficiency.
Measuring success: Understand which type of discrete sensors to use for what applications, terminology, and tips.
The meaning of an embedded system varies depending on the application; system integrators, end users, and original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) may have different views.
Cover story: It’s critical to implement an in-depth cybersecurity plan to help protect industrial control systems (ICSs) against a cyber attack. Identify threats, vulnerabilities, standards, and documents.
Industrial controllers are using commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) technologies such as Ethernet, field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs), USB, and MicroSD cards to improve price/performance ratios, shrink form factors, and add new features.