Info Management
MIT researchers have developed a chip that leverages sub-terahertz wavelengths for object recognition, which could be combined with light-based image sensors to help steer driverless cars through fog. Courtesy: Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
Info Management February 16, 2019

Sensor developed to help autonomous vehicles steer through fog and dust

MIT researchers have developed an on-chip system that detects signals at sub-terahertz wavelengths, which could help steer driverless cars through fog and dust.

By Rob Matheson
Introducing a small amount of strain into crystalline materials, such as diamond or silicon, can produce significant changes in their properties, researchers have found. The mechanical strain is represented here as a deformation in the diamond's shape. Courtesy: Chelsea Turner, MIT
Info Management February 12, 2019

Using artificial intelligence to engineer materials’ properties

MIT researchers, along with scientists in Russia and Singapore, have developed a system of “strain engineering," which can change a material’s optical, electrical, and thermal properties using artificial intelligence (AI).

By David L. Chandler
HMI, OI
Figure 1: Dynamic human-machine interface (HMI) content such as scalable vector graphics (SVG) makes it easier to visualize complex manufacturing processes. Courtesy: B&R Automation
HMI, OI January 2, 2019

Automation programming advances enhance communication, programming capabilities

Automation software and hardware advances reduce programming tasks and provide more built-in configurability, scalability, background communication among software components, simulation/digital twin capability, and usability.

By John Kowal
Mobility
The Siemens mobile Smart Access wireless module with built-in webserver for products is just the tool end-customers have been needing to easily connect, monitor, commission, and restore operation to equipment. Siemens Sinamics G120 Smart Access Wireless Module won the 2019 Engineers’ Choice Grand Award, in the Motion control - Drives category. Courtesy: Siemens Industry
Mobility February 18, 2019

Automation needs to be easy to use

Automation advice: Devices and systems should provide a positive customer experience and be easily connect, monitor, commission, and operate. Use the smartphone benchmark.

By Craig Nelson
PLM, Control Design
PLM, Control Design October 11, 2018

Vote now for 2019 Engineers’ Choice Finalists

The official ballot is open for voting for Control Engineering North American print and digital edition subscribers, for a limited time. Review finalists and vote by using CFE Media's New Products for Engineers platform. (Voting closed Jan. 4, 2019.)

By Amanda Pelliccione
Manufacturing IT, MES
Nihar Satapathy delivers the keynote at the ARC Advisory group Forum in Orlando on Feb. 5. Courtesy: Mark T. Hoske, CFE Media
Manufacturing IT, MES February 5, 2019

‘Data is the currency of the future’

Embrace digital manufacturing and use data to provide customer value.

By Bob Vavra
Industrial PCs
Siemens Simatic Industrial Thin Client V3 Pro won a 2019 Engineers’ Choice Award in the Hardware - HMI, operator interface, thin-client category. The Simatic Industrial PC product line can help with control and monitoring of control room processes using Rack PCs and a multi-monitor configuration, providing fast and reliable data transfer using a maintenance-free Box PC as a compact gateway to the enterprise cloud and Edge applications. IP65-protected PRO solution and expansion modules permit flexible operation mounted on a support bracket or stand. Various models can meet special ruggedness, security, or hygiene requirements. Courtesy: Siemens
Industrial PCs February 19, 2019

Digitalization, Industrie 4.0, Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) as market drivers

With the drive to digitalization, and trends such as Industrie 4.0, smart manufacturing, and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), industries face challenges such as improving production flexibility and reducing changeover time between production runs.

By Alessandra Da Silva