Programmable logic controllers (PLCs) have been at the heart of manufacturing facilities for decades. The rise in new technologies is making them even more important. Featured articles in this helpful eBook include PLC, PAC and edge controller availability and an example of a time-constrained PLC integration project.

Sponsored by AutomationDirect, Copia Automation


Robotics are one of the fastest-growing industries and their impact can be felt on many manufacturing floors. There’s more to the robot, however, than what you see on the plant floor. This helpful eBook includes articles about robots deployed to improve on-the-job safety for retail workers, soft robots grip with the right amount of force and more.

Sponsored by Omron


Supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) systems and human-machine interfaces (HMIs) are a mainstay for engineers and allow them to better perform their tasks in a variety of industries. This helpful eBook features articles on HMI/SCADA migrations and optimizing plant operations with situationally-aware HMIs.    

Sponsored by Stratus, Trihedral

Motors & Drives

Maintaining motors and drives and keeping them cost-effective is crucial. It often requires knowledge of many different types of motors, drives and the standards behind them. Successful maintenance, repair and knowledge of these standards help keep manufacturing plants running safely and efficiently. Featured articles include servomotor help: Demystify servo sizing, evaluate noise in electric motors […]

Sponsored by Encoder, Schneider Electric - Motors & Drives eBook, WinDings

AI & Machine Learning

Artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning are becoming crucial to manufacturing’s success. How a machine and an industrial network learn and adapt to their surroundings is as important for them as it is for humans. Featured articles in this eBook include how unsupervised machine learning benefits industrial automation, improving worker optimization on the factory floor […]

Sponsored by GE Digital

Protecting Critical Infrastructure

Critical infrastructure is more vulnerable to cybersecurity attacks than ever. Information technology (IT) and operational technology (OT) are merging together and manufacturing systems are vulnerable. Featured content in this eBook include an Indian nuclear power plant falls victim to outdated policies, as ransomware attacks increase, new algorithm may help prevent power grid blackouts and more.

Sponsored by Graybar, Hilscher

Enclosures & Cut-to-length Wire

Enclosures and cut-to-length wires are a constant in an engineer’s day-to-day activity. They provide electrical protection for engineers and help prevent serious injuries and other hazards. Featured articles in this helpful eBook include benefits of modular enclosures in manufacturing applications, robotic cable management best practices and so much more in this 28-page eBook!

Sponsored by AutomationDirect

Digital Transformation

Digital transformation is a hot buzzword in manufacturing today, but what does it mean? What does it mean for manufacturers and what effect will it have for the present and future? This helpful eBook offers several examples of the many digital transformation is taking hold in manufacturing. Featured articles include the driving force behind Industry […]

Sponsored by Moxa, Schneider Electric, Yokogawa

Pain Points & Solutions in Discrete Manufacturing

Discrete manufacturing covers many different industries, but they do have common challenges and issues they need to overcome. Featured articles in this eBook include the importance of maintaining aging equipment, implementing a hierarchy of automation safety and five strategies to consider when building a maintenance management plan.

Sponsored by iBASEt

System Integration

System integration is a crucial aspect of manufacturing for control engineers and they are involved in many different aspects and industries. They help companies become more efficient, streamlined and smarter in their day-to-day operations. Featured articles include six critical components of integrated cybersecurity for industrial control systems (ICS), integrate new technologies, MES software and integrated machine […]

Sponsored by GE Digital