Industrial PCs

Grantek Engineer-in-a-Box connects cloud-hosted industrial development software to devices, when and where it’s needed, without sacrificing security. It received 2021 Engineers’ Choice recognition in the Cybersecurity category. Courtesy: Grantek
Cybersecurity February 7, 2021

Secure, remote industrial access

How can remote access be granted to industrial facilities without increasing cybersecurity risks? Hardware, software and services are helping resolve the secure remote access challenges for manufacturers.

By Jacob Chapman
Free PLC programming software lets students learn on their own instead of needing a lab. Courtesy: AutomationDirect/New Products for Engineers Database
PLCs, PACs January 26, 2021

Free PLC programming software for education

Available programmable logic controller (PLC) software that is free for users is crucial for users and students who can't currently access a lab. See table with a breakdown.

By Jon Breen
MIT researchers have developed a deep learning-based algorithm to detect anomalies in time series data. Courtesy: MIT News
Sensors, Actuators December 21, 2020

Method finds hidden warning signals in collected measurements

A deep-learning algorithm has been developed that could provide advanced notice when systems — from satellites to data centers — are falling out of whack.

By Daniel Ackerman
Courtesy: Masssachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
Industrial PCs December 16, 2020

LED developed for direct integration into computer chips

Researchers have fabricated a silicon chip with fully integrated LEDs, bright enough to enable sensor and communication technologies, which could streamline manufacturing and also provide better performance for nanoscale electronics.

By Daniel Ackerman
Courtesy: Northwestern University
Industrial PCs November 20, 2020

Optimizing materials design with minimal data

A computational approach to accelerate the design of materials exhibiting metal-insulator transitions (MIT) has been developed and it could lead to faster microelectronics and quantum information systems

By Alex Gerage
Courtesy: Chris Vavra, CFE Media
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
Embedded Systems, Edge Computing 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
Courtesy: CFE Media and Technology
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
Courtesy: Chris Vavra, CFE Media
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