Industrial PCs

MIT engineers have built a modern microprocessor from carbon nanotube field-effect transistors (pictured), which are seen as faster and greener than silicon transistors. The new approach uses the same fabrication processes used for silicon chips. Courtesy: Felice Frankel, MIT
Industrial PCs August 30, 2019

Advanced microprocessor built out of carbon nanotubes

MIT researchers have developed an approach that harnesses the same fabrication processes used for silicon chips, offers key advance toward next-generation computers.

By Rob Matheson
An illustration shows several arrangements of rhenium diselenide and molybdenum diselenide, which form a razor-sharp junction where they meet in a new transition metal dichalcogenide created at Rice University. The material is scalable and its band gap tunable for optoelectronics. Courtesy: Ajayan Research Group/Rice University
Industrial PCs August 16, 2019

Tunable 2-D material developed for optoelectronics, advanced computing

Rice University researchers are developing 2-D transition metal dichalcogenides, which could be useful for optoelectronic applications and quantum computing.

By Mike Williams
Figure 1: Industrial controllers such as this traditional PLC/PAC, are typically installed in control panels local to the equipment or processes they monitor and automate. Courtesy: Opto 22
Industrial PCs July 30, 2019

Evaluate controller options for industrial applications

Choosing the best industrial controller requires evaluation of automation, communication and security needs.

By Benson Hougland
Figure 3: Don’t integrate computers on the manufacturing floor without protection in mind. Courtesy: Armagard
Industrial PCs July 29, 2019

Top 5 Control Engineering articles July 22-28

Articles about computer integration, data analytics, HMI safety, mobile devices, and smart manufacturing were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from July 22-28. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Figure 3: Don’t integrate computers on the manufacturing floor without protection in mind. Courtesy: Armagard
Industrial PCs July 9, 2019

Tips for computer integration on the manufacturing floor

Installing computer systems can be an arduous process for new and existing manufacturing plants; basic best practices for enclosures can help companies avoid costly pitfalls and long-term challenges. See five tips for using computers on the plant floor.

By Daniel Waldron
Integrated safety can extend beyond I/O terminals and implement safety logic directly in servo drives and other components in the field. Courtesy: Beckhoff Automation
Industrial PCs July 2, 2019

Converging safety, non-safety systems increases scalability, flexibility

Integrating safety systems into a machine’s standard control platform simplifies operations, increases diagnostic capabilities and creates safer work environments for engineers and end users.

By Sree Swarna Gutta
Test driven development (TDD) postulates that for each step in development, only enough application code should be created to successfully complete a given test requirement. Courtesy: Avanceon
Industrial PCs June 25, 2019

Benefits of test driven development for automation applications

Test driven development (TDD) is potentially useful for automation applications by eliminating the separate task of creating requirements and specifications by incorporating requirements into the test protocols.

By Duane Grob
System-integrated motion design software promotes proactive machine design by making it easier to match motor and drive equipment to all mechanical machine components. Courtesy: Beckhoff Automation
Industrial PCs June 11, 2019

CNC technology developments help engineers cut corners in all the right ways

Cover Story: Automation technologies continue convergence across platforms and computer numerical control (CNC) technology advances, along with faster control hardware and software, allow engineers to complete more accurate cuts in less time.

By Matt Prellwitz
Courtesy: Chris Vavra, CFE Media
Industrial PCs May 29, 2019

Framework developed to help deep neural network performance

North Carolina State University researchers have developed AOGNets, a framework for building deep neural networks that uses a compositional grammar approach to extract useful information from raw data.

By Matt Shipman
Courtesy: Chris Vavra, CFE Media
Industrial PCs May 24, 2019

Research examines computer software code understanding and documentation

A team of researchers at Texas A&M University looked at the best way to document computer code by using samples and found that good naming, and comment were more important than good documentation.

By Lorian Dusek