Industrial PCs

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AI and Machine Learning October 28, 2020

Quantum computing used to discover possible COVID-19 treatments

Quantum machine learning could help researchers discover faster and more economical ways of treating COVID-19 than the current methods used for drug discovery.

By Sarah Small
Stone Shi is executive editor-in-chief, Control Engineering China. Courtesy: Control Engineering China
AI and Machine Learning October 4, 2020

Edge computing, artificial intelligence power automation innovation

Edge computing allows engineers to use lower costs to develop newer applications such as shop-floor data analysis and quality prediction. Artificial intelligence (AI) improves the efficiency and accuracy of plant operations.

By Stone Shi
Courtesy: ICONICS and RealWear Inc.
Mobility September 24, 2020

Advances in mobile devices

In automation, many software and hardware technologies have been developed that allow companies the means to remotely monitor and control business processes from anywhere, via any device, at any time

By Melissa Topp
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AI and Machine Learning September 22, 2020

Data processing module makes deep neural networks smarter

Combining feature normalization and feature attention modules into a single module called attentive normalization (AN) improved deep neural networks' performance.

By Matt Shipman
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AI and Machine Learning September 16, 2020

Computational model developed for COVID-19 testing allocation

A computational model that can be used to identify the best allocation plans for distributing COVID-19 test kits to hospitals, clinics, and relevant state agencies has been developed by North Carolina State researchers.

By Matt Shipman
Courtesy: SDI Systems, Inc.
Industrial PCs September 14, 2020

PC control redefines intralogistics distribution center efficiency

How to move 67,000 garment shuttles, boost efficiency and communicate through EtherCAT

By James Figy
A Control Engineering editor for 33 years, Edward J. Kompass passed away at age 93 on Aug. 31, 2020, in his South Lincoln, Vt., home. He’s pictured here in the publication’s Barrington, Ill., office in the early 1980s. Courtesy: Julie Wilhm, Kompass’ youngest daughter
Business of Engineering September 10, 2020

Long-time Control Engineering editor, Edward J. Kompass, dies

Ed Kompass, a Control Engineering editor from 1954 to 1987, passed away on Aug. 31, 2020, at age 93. He was a regular contributor after retirement and last wrote a column for the 50th anniversary issue (linked below), “We never could have dreamed,” in 2004.

By Mark T. Hoske
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Research August 17, 2020

Hot topics in Control Engineering

Research: For 2021, programmable logic controllers (PLCs), control system integration, instrumentation, industrial wireless, industrial PCs, industrial Ethernet, and advanced process control are among hot topics; 18 topics are in the top 10; 62 are in the top 20.

By Mark T. Hoske
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HMI, OI August 5, 2020

Embedded HMIs excel in automation applications

Delivering the right human-machine interface (HMI) experience is critical whenever people need to interact with automation.

By Bill Dehner
A graphic demonstrating how a material can go from stiff to soft when it is made as a thicker versus a thinner film. The effect occurs when the atomic bonds within a material are disrupted. Courtesy: Joshua Knobloch/JILA, University of Colorado Boulder
Discrete Manufacturing July 31, 2020

Ultraviolet lasers used to examine tiny nanomaterials

CU Boulder researchers have used ultra-fast extreme ultraviolet lasers to measure the properties of materials just 5 nm thick, which they hope can help scientists design tinier and more efficient computer circuits, semiconductors and other technologies. 

By Daniel Strain