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Automation August 10, 2020

Redefining the boundaries of automation

Production challenges do not wait on IT developments, and getting to the root of a problem does not always have to be rocket science, says George Walker.

By George Walker
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Business of Engineering August 3, 2020

Manufacturing index grows for third straight month

The Institute for Supply Management's purchasing manufacturers' index reported a 1.6% increase to 54.2%, which is the third straight month of growth.

By Chris Vavra
Variable AC drives can save users money by providing better motor control to operate the system at lower speeds and unity power factor. Courtesy: Danfoss
Motors, Drives August 11, 2020

Top 10 ways to protect your VFD investment

Variable speed drives offer savings, if used properly

By Jon Mosterd
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PLCs, PACs August 4, 2020

Control Engineering hot topics, July 2020

Control Engineering's most clicked articles in July 2020 included stories about programmable logic controllers, re-entering the workplace after COVID-19, data management, ladder logic, and more. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Keagan Gay
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Motors, Drives July 1, 2020

Top 5 VFD parameter changes explained

Programming variable frequency drives (VFDs) to fit most industrial applications require only the most basic settings to operate the motor. Understand these 5 VFD parameter changes to optimize VFD programming to fit most motor-drive applications.

By Christopher Jaszczolt
Courtesy: Bohan Zhang and Nathan Dostart, University of Colorado Boulder
Sensors, Vision August 2, 2020

Lidar advances could improve safety, security for vehicles, smartphones

CU Boulder researchers are working on a silicon chip – with no moving parts or electronics – that improves the resolution and scanning speed needed for a lidar system while making them less expensive and more efficient.

By Kelsey Simpkins
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Robotics August 10, 2020

Automation helps with COVID-19, energy efficiency, robotics, non-contact motion control, STEM

Automation innovation has opportunities to help with COVID-19 pandemic response, energy efficiency, robotics, non-contact motion control using superconductivity, training and by creating increased interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

By Mark T. Hoske