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Courtesy: Control Engineering China
Virtualization, Cloud Analytics January 11, 2020

Automation approaches to use when market growth slows

Fast-growing areas for automation, according to analysts include edge computing, cloud computing, data analysis, machine learning and industrial network security. Despite the slower growth in some other areas of automation, these emerging technologies are growing at double-digit rates.

By Stone Shi
BayCIX, an IT systems and service provider in Landshut, Germany, suggested that Loibl Förderanlagen used SEH Technology devices to communicate to a Messer steel-cutting machine and eliminate outdated PC-based operating system software with a virtualization design. Courtesy: SEH Computertechnik GmbH
Virtualization, Cloud Analytics January 2, 2020

Machine retrofit: Network, virtualization

An industrial conveyor manufacturer needed to put computer-aided design (CAD) software into the cloud, eliminate outdated Microsoft Windows 7 PC software, and keep a steel cutter with RS-232 communications connected to receive CAD outputs. See two virtualization obstacles.

By Jeorg Hecke
The Global System Integrator Database has 522 system integrators list HMI, human machine interface among engineering specialties; 274 system integrators list PC-based control among engineering specialties. Courtesy: CFE Media and Technology
HMI, OI January 20, 2020

Industrial HMI migrations: Help with Microsoft Windows 7 expiration

Microsoft Windows 7 expired on Jan. 14, and manufacturers’ human-machine interface (HMI) software may still need help migrating to a supported operating system. System integrators can provide migration assistance to lower cybersecurity risk.

By Mark T. Hoske
Operators always need a clear view of what’s happening. Courtesy: Mark T. Hoske, Control Engineering
PLM, Control Design November 13, 2019

Best practices matter when designing control systems

When lives depend on control system design (and even when they don’t), best practices matter. Here’s what I’d like control system designers to know.

By Mark T. Hoske
Courtesy: Chris Vavra, CFE Media
Other Networks January 9, 2020

Collaboration needed to redesign manufacturing network

The manufacturing industry is adopting methodologies that will help make operations faster and more efficient than ever before, but companies need to collaborate and collect as much data as possible.

By Ray Watson
A red laser creates nonlinear effects with tiny triangles of gold. The blue beam shows the frequency-doubled light and the green beam controls the hot-electron migration. Courtesy: Rob Felt, Georgia Tech
Industrial PCs January 18, 2020

Laser pulse creates frequency doubling in amorphous dielectric material

Georgia Tech researchers have demonstrated an all-optical technique for creating second-order nonlinear effects in materials that aren't normally supported, which could improve optical computers and high-speed data processors.

By John Toon