The introduction of edge computing is the most significant plant floor advancement in industrial computing since the introduction of supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) 30 years ago. This next wave of digital transformation offers tremendous potential to those who respond early and capitalize on the improvements that can be brought to their operators. Edge […]
The midstream is going through major developments in artificial intelligence, engine monitoring, and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), to name a few, and all of them are making the oil & gas industry more efficient and safer. This helpful eBook from Control Engineering and Oil & Gas Engineering will help readers learn about topics including fixing corrosion with predictive […]
Safety systems have identifiable stages and involve different specialized functions; know how each can help reduce risk in this eBook. Featured articles include process safety and compliance advice, determining safety integrity level for a process application, and four overlooked aspects of risk management and safety.
Material Handling The modern supply chain must run at warp speed, and the tools available—from conveyors and robots to automatic picking systems and digital orders—have evolved to keep pace with the speed of change.
Data centers, data closets, edge and cloud computing, co-location facilities, and similar topics are among the fastest-changing in the industry. Data centers have high-level power demands, customized climate and cooling needs, unique enclosure systems-and all of this must operate without interruption.
Articles in this digital report highlight technologies that enable Industrial Internet of Things, IIoT-related products and strategies. These include easier real-time sensor data access via tablets, PC-based control, data analytics, smarter machines, cybersecurity, how to get data more easily from maintenance software, human machine interfaces and controllers, along with easier industrial connectivity.
Today's technologies heap benefits onto an edge-computing architecture. These benefits include faster computing, better networking, more memory, smarter analytics, cloud-based intelligence and applications, tighter security with more access, easier setup, and lower costs.
Machine vision isn't a cure-all, but applications are many more than they used to be, and vision systems and devices are a lot easier and more cost effective to buy and specify, implement, integrate, and use than before. That's because of advancements in vision system designs, computing power, algorithms, optics, and communications.
Programmable logic controllers (PLCs) represent the logic (decision) part of the control loop of sense, decide, and actuate. As we know, PLCs aren't the only option for making decisions in a control loop, but they are likely why you're here. Featured articles in this digital report compare PLCs and programmable automation controllers (PACs), industrial PCs, and robotic controllers.
Automation and controls continue to help HMI hardware and software advance. As computing capabilities progress (smaller, faster, more capacity, for less or equal price), hardware has become more rugged with less maintenance required, with wider environmental capabilities, and integrated input/output (I/O) connections.