CNC, Motion Control
Edge computing simplifies an infrastructure by mapping once at the edge and delivering data in a more efficient way, with message queuing telemetry transport (MQTT). Courtesy: Inductive Automation
CNC, Motion Control March 11, 2019

Top 5 Control Engineering articles March 4-10

Articles about edge computing opportunities, the Engineers' Choice Awards, open architecture advantages, robotics 101, and manufacturing and process facility trends were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from March 4-10. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
The Cu Grounding Strap from Helukabel is ideal for eliminating EMC interference from ground loop for industrial applications such as the automotive industry and robotics. Courtesy: Helukabel
CNC, Motion Control March 11, 2019

Grounding strap for industrial applications

The Cu Grounding Strap from Helukabel is ideal for eliminating EMC interference from ground loop for industrial applications such as the automotive industry and robotics.

By Helukabel
Nidec Control Techniques Digitax HD Servo Drive won a 2019 Engineers’ Choice Award in the Motion control – Drives category. The drives support a wide range of industry standard technologies and protocols. Courtesy: Control Techniques
CNC, Motion Control February 17, 2019

Open architecture adds advantages to automation designs

Manufacturers should consider open architectures when designing new automation products for greater flexibility, innovation, and greater competitiveness.

By Mike Wolfe and Alex Harvey
Control Engineering 2019 Engineers' Choice Awards
CNC, Motion Control February 4, 2019

2019 Engineers’ Choice Awards

Spotlight on innovation: Best automation, control, and instrumentation products in 26 categories.

By Amanda Pelliccione
Courtesy: Cross Company/Eaton
CNC, Motion Control January 25, 2019

Deciding between running or starting torque when picking a motor

Running torque and starting torque have different benefits and users should be aware of their pros and cons when picking a motor for a hydraulic system.

By Zek Grantham
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
CNC, Motion Control 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
Bosch Rexroth’s CNC system MTX with new hardware is designed to achieve even shorter cycle times and better machining quality with just one central controller. Courtesy: Bosch Rexroth
CNC, Motion Control January 6, 2019

CNC system for machine tool applications

Bosch Rexroth’s CNC system MTX with new hardware is designed to achieve even shorter cycle times and better machining quality with just one central controller.

By Bosch Rexroth
Robotic piece-picking solution for intralogistics combines innovative grasping technology, intelligent sensors, computer vision, and machine learning to automate individual item picking in warehouses and fulfillment centers. Courtesy: Robotic Industries Association/RightHand Robotics, Inc.
CNC, Motion Control December 29, 2018

Smarter robot grasping with sensors, software, and the cloud

Hardware and software advances such as improved sensors and the cloud have helped robot grippers enable safer, closer human-robot collaboration, ease of use, and flexibility for many different applications.

By Tanya M. Anandan
Courtesy: Bob Vavra, CFE Media
CNC, Motion Control December 23, 2018

Three industrial robot end of arm tooling trends

Industrial robot end of arm tooling (EOAT) trends include safer grippers and greater connectivity as companies face greater productivity and demand from their customers.

By Robotic Industries Association (RIA)
A controls and automation upgrade to this traverse winder included eight Siemens S120 Vector drive systems to uncoil, slit, and recoil copper. Six Siemens S120 Servo drive systems were used for traversing. Courtesy: Electronic Drives & Controls Inc.
CNC, Motion Control December 13, 2018

Controls upgrade boosts machine productivity 40%

Machine running speed nearly doubled with greater product control, quick ROI.

By Chuck Dillard