Discrete Manufacturing
Courtesy: Honeywell
Discrete Manufacturing December 9, 2018

Top 5 Control Engineering articles December 3-9

Articles about the Engineers' Choice finalists, leveraging process simulation, implementing a linear motion application, getting stronger process readings, and AR and VR were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from December 3-9, 2018. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Discrete Manufacturing December 9, 2018

Playing catch-up with cybersecurity

Cybersecurity risks need help from contracts and insurance beyond technologies, policies, and people. Pretending cybersecurity risks aren’t there isn’t on any list of best practices.

By Mark Voigtmann
Mechatronics
Figure 2: Safety professionals need to know all the details of a process, explained Jeff Pratt, Crown Equipment, senior corporate EHS Engineer (and vice-chair of the RIA R15.08 committee), and César Reyes Núñez, Crown Mexico, EHS coordinator, at the International Robot Safety Conference. Courtesy: Mark T. Hoske, CFE Media
Mechatronics December 10, 2018

Industrial robot safety requires industrial risk management

Five ways to lower robotic system risks: Industrial safety, while a widely used term, is a misnomer; nothing is without risk. When something is declared safe in an industrial setting, those involved should think again about risk assessment and determine if the risk is acceptable.

By Mark T. Hoske
Machine Safety
Changes in the 2018 NFPA’s 70E Standard result in a clearer understanding of energized work and help reduce electrical incidents. Courtesy: Eaton
Machine Safety November 30, 2018

NFPA 70E standard changes to reduce electrical incidents

Changes to the NFPA 70E standard will provide a better way to define risk assessment for energized work and reduce potential electrical incidents for workers.

By Dave Durocher
Motors, Drives
Selecting the right motor is crucial as it can provide performance, cost, and maintenance advantages. Design engineers also can combine motors to gearheads for increased reliability and convenient ordering processing. Courtesy: Thomson Industries, Inc.
Motors, Drives December 6, 2018

Picking the right motor size

Finding the right size is crucial for choosing a motor as well as balancing torque, speed, and inertia for optimal application performance.

By Andrew Skidmore
Sensors, Vision
Stanford University researchers have developed technology that makes it possible for robots to touch a delicate berry or handle a pingpong ball without squashing them. Courtesy: Bao Lab
Sensors, Vision December 8, 2018

Electronic glove gives robots a sense of touch

Researchers have developed an electronic glove with sensors that mimic human skin, giving robotic hands achieve some of the manual dexterity humans enjoy. See video.

By Tom Abate
Robotics
Courtesy: Bob Vavra, CFE Media
Robotics December 7, 2018

Six reasons why programming and maintenance are beneficial to a collaborative robot

Good programming and maintenance for a collaborative robot can provide manufacturers many benefits such as better return on investment (ROI), lower total cost of ownership (TCO), and more.