PLM, Control Design
PLM, Control Design May 31, 2019

3D printing presents industry opportunities

The recent broadening in knowledge and understanding about 3D printing and additive manufacturing have generated new business ideas and opportunities ranging from home hobby machines to printing buildings on other planets.

By Andrew Watts, Newtecnic, Los Angeles
Figure 9: Second order control loop Bode analysis can help if the first order gain was insufficient. Courtesy: ControlSphere LLC
PLM, Control Design April 19, 2019

Using IEC 61131-3 programming languages for simulation

See five paybacks of simulation. Use IEC 61131-3 programming languages and modern programming tools to easily integrate simulation to development workflow.

By Gary L. Pratt, P.E.
MathWorks Matlab/Simulink environments enable the design and simulation of new applications, such as this hexapod, as well as advanced algorithms that can be used in the machine controller to control the physical hexapod. Courtesy: Beckhoff Automation
PLM, Control Design April 8, 2019

Machine design concepts improve automation and controls simulation

Virtual design tools and automation software intersect to save time and costs in machine commissioning so engineers can spot potential flaws before implementation.

By Daymon Thompson
PLM, Control Design October 11, 2018

Vote now for 2019 Engineers’ Choice Finalists

The official ballot is open for voting for Control Engineering North American print and digital edition subscribers, for a limited time. Review finalists and vote by using CFE Media's New Products for Engineers platform. (Voting closed Jan. 4, 2019.)

By Amanda Pelliccione
PLM, Control Design September 6, 2018

How much control goes to the cloud?

Cloud computing is gaining ground as industrial plants become more efficient, but it’s important to recognize where computing is needed and where it should be taking place.

By Bob McIlvride, Skkynet Cloud Systems Inc.
PLM, Control Design August 28, 2018

Part singulation system benefits for robots

Part singulation can help companies who are considering using robots for assembly, picking, and palletizing applications.

By Brad Czecholinski, Cross Company
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 22, 2018

Five safety fencing benefits and considerations

Safety fencing plays an integral role in protecting employees from hazards posed by industrial machinery and companies need to consider aspects such as operator safety and the ease of installation and modularity.

By Kevin Gough, 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