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Figure 1. Bypass and configured packages include a replaceable variable frequency drive. Courtesy: Yaskawa
Mechatronics June 1, 2019

Control Engineering hot topics, May 2019

Control Engineering's most clicked articles in May 2019 included stories about VFDs, safe human-robot interaction, sustainable cybersecurity, object-oriented programming, the Career and Salary Survey, and more. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Machine tool programmers and engineers that use Renishaw’s GoProbe macros could save significant time and labor with the use of Mitsubishi Electric Automation Inc.’s Interactive Cycle Insertion screens on its M8 Series of CNC controls. The new software screens can integrate Renishaw GoProbe macros with CNC controls. Courtesy: Mitsubishi Electric
Mechatronics May 31, 2019

Easier CNC programming, probe system integration

Cover Story: Computer numerical controls (CNC) trends for machine control include easier integration of systems, such as measuring probes, to save up to 90% setup time.

By CFE Media
Dr. Alexander Broos, VDW, German Machine Tool Builders Association, spoke at OPC Day, Sept. 13, 2018, at IMTS in Chicago, explaining that non-standard connections are among machine builders’ challenges. With OPC UA from OPC Foundation, there already is connectivity, he said. Courtesy: Mark T. Hoske, CFE Media
Mechatronics May 31, 2019

Standard interface simplifies CNC digitalization

Cover Story: VDW, the German Machine Tool Builders’ Association, said the first concrete OPC UA companion specification based on a realistic set of parameters will be presented at EMO Hannover 2019 in September. The interface allows data exchange from and among machines with different control systems. See more answers in “Flexibility in a marketable standard.”

By Annedore Bose-Munde
To bring more human-like reasoning to autonomous vehicle navigation, MIT researchers have created a system that enables driverless cars to check a simple map and use visual data to follow routes in new, complex environments. Courtesy: Chelsea Turner, MIT
Mechatronics May 27, 2019

Bringing human-like reasoning to autonomous vehicles

MIT researchers have developed an autonomous control system that “learns” the steering patterns of human drivers as they navigate roads in a small area, using only data from video camera feeds and a simple GPS-like map. See video.

By Rob Matheson
For a standard turbine fan such as the diagram shows here, a typical simulation would only include sections S1, R2 and S2. New research from the GUIde 6 Consortium is now showing that including R3 is important to the accuracy of the simulations. Courtesy: Shreyas Hegde/Duke University
Mechatronics May 26, 2019

Guiding vibration simulations for turbines

The Duke-led GUIde Consortium develops faster, more accurate simulations of turbine blade vibrations to help aeronautical engineers develop safer jet turbines with lower maintenance costs.

By Ken Kingery
A scene from the Rice University campus captured with the TuLIPSS spectrometer provides spectral signatures that can be filtered for many purposes. The system allows data to be gathered in an instant for environmental or biological analysis. Courtesy: Modern Optical Instrumentation and Bio-Imaging Laboratory/Rice University
Mechatronics May 24, 2019

Researchers develop portable hyperspectral camera for imaging, research applications

Rice University engineers are building a portable hyperspectral camera, Tunable Light-Guide Image Processing Snapshot Spectrometer (TuLIPSS), which allows researchers to instantly capture data across the visible and near-infrared spectrum.

By Mike Williams
Orders received by the German machine tool industry in the first quarter of 2019 were 21% compared to the same period last year. Orders from Germany fell by 10% whereas those from abroad were down by 27%. Courtesy: VDW
Mechatronics May 23, 2019

Machine tool industry orders expected to drop in 2019

Orders received by the German machine tool industry in the first quarter of 2019 were 21% compared to the same period last year due to a cooling global economy and other challenges.

By VDW
Preston Reine, research manager, industrial technology, IHS Markit. Courtesy: IHS Markit
Mechatronics May 8, 2019

Industrial market growth a boost to low-voltage motors and drives

The worldwide market for low-voltage motors and drives grew in 2018 thanks to a continued resurgence in the heavy industries such as metal processing, mining and oil & gas.

By Preston Reine
Figure 1. Bypass and configured packages include a replaceable variable frequency drive. Courtesy: Yaskawa
Mechatronics May 6, 2019

Top 5 Control Engineering articles April 29 to May 5

Articles about VFD replacements, object-oriented industrial programming, robotics research and development, evaluating a system integrator, IIoT benefits for manufacturers were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from April 29 to May 5. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
This medium-voltage drive, the Allen-Bradley PowerFlex 7000 Drive System with ArcShield Technology from Rockwell Automation, also has regeneration capabilities. The arc-resistant system is certified to meet global arc-resistant standards. The system provides an arc fault rating up to 50 kA and meets Type 2B accessibility protection standards. Courtesy: Intermountain Electronics
Mechatronics May 2, 2019

Enhance safety with the right medium-voltage drive

Drives with industrial safety features can help reduce safety-related risks, costs, and downtime in electrical equipment.

By Pat Lemmon