PLM, Control Design

Operators always need a clear view of what’s happening. Courtesy: Mark T. Hoske, Control Engineering
PLM, Control Design November 18, 2020

Best practices matter when designing control systems

When lives depend on control system design (and even when they don’t), best practices matter. Here’s what I’d like control system designers to know.

By Mark T. Hoske
Courtesy: Siemens Digital Industries Software
PLM, Control Design August 9, 2020

Integrated design software lowers costs, adds flexibility

Product lifecycle management software (PLM) and service lifecycle management software enabled by integration with cloud services and applications, helps a variety of industries with digital twins, digitalization, automation design and plant design. See five attributes of a digital twin.

By Mark T. Hoske
PLM, Control Design August 25, 2018

Process control safety and compliance advice

Process safety regulations, standards, and loss prevention practices are derived from a tangled web of documents and it's vital for a company to know the different agencies, standards, and other groups involved to reduce potential confusion.

By Robbie Peoples, Cross Company
PLM, Control Design August 14, 2018

Choosing between a sectional or monoblock valve

Sectional valves are the most versatile and configurable valve type for hydraulic systems, but a monoblock brings many added benefits when properly applied.

By Zek Grantham, Cross Company
PLM, Control Design August 12, 2018

Focusing on controller choice, Lean

Many plant-specific factors affect controller criteria, but choices unique to controller type exist as well.

By Jack Smith, CFE Media
PLM, Control Design August 10, 2018

Alternatives to axles: Hydraulic direct wheel drive motors

Designing a frame to accept a hydraulic direct wheel drive system will greatly increase the available space for other system components.

By David Saunders, Cross Company
PLM, Control Design August 8, 2018

How to choose an industrial automation controller

Choosing the most effective controller requires careful evaluation of multiple requirements.

By Jeff Payne, AutomationDirect
PLM, Control Design August 6, 2018

OSHA and energy control

Be especially careful with the minor servicing exception in the Lockout/Tagout standard from OSHA. Certain kinds of “minor” activities that occur during normal production operations may not be covered by LOTO (but are covered under other OSHA standard provisions) and other “minor” activities are covered by LOTO; do you know which?

By Greg Dale, Faegre Baker Daniels
PLM, Control Design August 1, 2018

Integrating IIoT equipment into manufacturing systems

The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) equipment should be integrated even into older manufacturing systems to optimize facility and system operations. Think you’re using IIoT technologies? Are you adding sensors in 12 steps or 6 steps?

By Jeff Miller, InSource Solutions
PLM, Control Design August 1, 2018

Motion control standards drive IIoT

Among the most important standards for industrial motion control are open networking standards for interoperable communications, but don’t overlook the importance of standard naming conventions to ease system integration and promote Industrial Internet of Things and similar initiatives.

By Daniel Repp, Lenze