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Industrial PCs March 16, 2019

Machine vision users adopting cloud computing

Many companies are turning to cloud computing to handle the large data flows coming from their machine vision systems.

Figure 1: Advanced consumer electronics have motivated operators to expect rich and intuitive human-machine interfaces on all types of equipment, as well as convenient mobile access. Courtesy: Opto 22
Industrial PCs March 11, 2019

Gaining the edge in automation

Edge computing advances give users more options for architecting automation systems as well as flexible communication and programming choices.

By Benson Hougland
Edge computing simplifies an infrastructure by mapping once at the edge and delivering data in a more efficient way, with message queuing telemetry transport (MQTT). Courtesy: Inductive Automation
Industrial PCs March 11, 2019

Top 5 Control Engineering articles March 4-10

Articles about edge computing opportunities, the Engineers' Choice Awards, open architecture advantages, robotics 101, and manufacturing and process facility trends were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from March 4-10. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Helping with hybrid operational technology implementations, Stratus’ ztC Edge is a zero-touch, fully virtualized and self-protecting computing platform, specifically designed for industrial edge environments. Courtesy: Stratus Technologies
Industrial PCs March 8, 2019

10 best practices for edge computing

When choosing, installing, and using an edge computing device for a manufacturing or process facility application, these 10 best practices can help.

By Mark T. Hoske
Figure 1: Ultra-compact Industrial PCs (IPCs) can serve simply as add-on gateway devices or also perform machine control in addition to edge computing requirements. Courtesy: Beckhoff Automation
Industrial PCs March 6, 2019

Hardware capabilities impact edge computing success

Industrial PCs offer a range of processing capabilities, form factors, and certifications that engineers must consider when implementing edge computing strategies in new applications or legacy systems.

By Eric Reiner
An airport is similar to how edge devices and the cloud interact. An airline hub at a central airport connects to other locations. Think of the cloud as the hubs and the edge devices as the smaller local airports. Courtesy: Lindsey Kielmeyer, MartinCSI
Industrial PCs February 26, 2019

Edge computing for efficiency, quality

Edge devices streamline operations and offer many benefits including enhanced efficiencies and quality of service for industrial manufacturers.

By Nate Kay, P.E.
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
Industrial PCs January 31, 2019

Annual semiconductor sales hit highest mark since 2008

The SEMI Silicon Manufacturing Group (SMG) reported silicon wafer sales went over the $10 billion mark for the first time since 2008.

The Panel PC FLEX series from ICP Deutschland has a two-part modular design, which offers up to 48 different possibilities for users. Courtesy: ICP Deutschland
Industrial PCs November 22, 2018

Modular panel PC

The Panel PC FLEX series from ICP Deutschland has a two-part modular design, which offers up to 48 different possibilities for users.

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Industrial PCs November 19, 2018

Energy-efficient memory developed to spur new computer applications

Researchers at Stanford University have developed spin-orbit torque technology designed for data-intensive computing applications like artificial intelligence and machine learning (ML).

By Andrew Myers