Industrial PCs

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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
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Embedded Systems, Edge Computing July 29, 2020

Is it time to look at edge computing?

With the rise of 5G in manufacturing, effective edge computing requires consideration of industrial PCs (IPCs) at the edge.

By Stephen Hayes
This graphic depicts a stylized rendering of the quantum photonic chip and its assembly process. The bottom half of the image shows a functioning quantum micro-chiplet (QMC), which emits single-photon pulses that are routed and manipulated on a photonic integrated circuit (PIC). The top half of the image shows how this chip is made: Diamond QMCs are fabricated separately and then transferred into the PIC. Courtesy: Noel H. Wan, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
Industrial PCs July 14, 2020

Hybrid process developed to produce larger quantum computer chips

MIT engineers have developed a hybrid process that connects photonics with “artificial atoms,” to produce the largest quantum chip of its type.

By Becky Ham
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Discrete Manufacturing July 10, 2020

Benefits of learning ladder logic for industrial programming

Ladder logic is challenging for industrial programming, but it is a valuable skill for engineers looking to enhance their skill set.

By David Breen
Courtesy: Christine Daniloff, MIT
Industrial PCs July 8, 2020

Portable system boosts laser precision for quantum computing

An MIT-designed miniature “squeezer” reduces quantum noise in lasers at room temperature, which could enable better laser precision for quantum computing and gravitational-wave detection.

By Jennifer Chu
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Automation July 2, 2020

Modular window film application system reveals high precision, throughput

PDS IG Equipment doubles window film throughput compared to the industry standard by using EtherCAT and PC-based control.

By James Figy
ECE Professor Zhenqiang “Jack” Ma and his collaborators have constructed a functional microwave amplifier circuit on a substrate of cellulose nanofibril paper, a wood product. Courtesy: Huilong Zhang, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Industrial PCs June 26, 2020

Critical communications component made on flexible wooden film

University of Wisconsin researchers have constructed a functional microwave amplifier circuit on wooden film, which has the potential to decrease the size of control system devices and systems.

By Jason Daley
Courtesy: Yakobson Research Group/Rice University
Industrial PCs June 19, 2020

Excitons can be manipulated for electronic, quantum computing applications

Rice University researchers found that excitons can be manipulated in new and useful ways, which could be beneficial for electronic, spintronic and quantum computing applications.

By Mike Williams