Discrete Manufacturing
Figure 3, controller: The capabilities of modern industrial controllers, such as this Productivity2000 from AutomationDirect, are expanding. Features such as data handling, communication, and high-speed control should be considered during the selection process to improve designs. Courtesy: AutomationDirect
Discrete Manufacturing January 10, 2019

Industrial controller selection: Look beyond the basics

Factory automation controllers: When specifying controllers for industrial automation applications, consider capabilities such as data handling, communications, and high-speed control.

By Winn Paulk
The PMI Index dropped 5.2 percentage points in December to a 2-year low. Courtesy: CFE Media.
Discrete Manufacturing January 3, 2019

PMI plunges in December over manufacturing slowdown concerns

Index drops almost 10% to 2-year low as production, new orders slump.

By Bob Vavra
Mechatronics
Zettlex supplies inductive sensors used for servo controls and motor encoders for mission-critical applications in the medical, industrial, defense, aerospace, and petrochemical sectors. Courtesy: Zettlex, Control Engineering Europe
Mechatronics January 8, 2019

Shaft encoders versus bearingless encoders: Technology types, applications

Should shaft encoders or bearingless encoders be used? Should capacitive, magnetic, or inductive encoder sensors be used? Where should design engineers deploy each encoder type and why?

By Mark Howard
Machine Safety
Machine Safety December 17, 2018

ABB to realign around digital industries

Four divisions focus on robotics, electrification, industrial automation, and motion.

By Bob Vavra
Motors, Drives
Figure 2: Fundamental front end (FFE). Courtesy: Yaskawa
Motors, Drives January 2, 2019

Regenerative solutions

Make the right choice to drive electrical efficiency.

By Christopher Jaszczolt
Sensors, Vision
Courtesy: CFE Media
Sensors, Vision January 6, 2019

Embedded vision technology advances are key for medical applications

There is growing demand for optimized medical instruments that can provide a solution regardless of location or user expertise and machine vision is crucial in making those advances happen.

By Winn Hardin
Robotics
Cybersecurity for IoT robotic systems requires a multistep approach including a robust application security program. Courtesy: Robotic Industries Association/TÜV Rheinland
Robotics January 15, 2019

Cybersecurity required for safe IIoT robots

For a robot to be safe, it must also be secure from cyberattacks in the age of Industrie 4.0 and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). Everyone in the information technology (IT) and operations technology (OT) departments are responsible for ensuring this happens.

By Tanya M. Anandan