Networking and Security

Courtesy: CxEnergy
Commissioning March 9, 2021

Video: How Does Cybercrime Impact My Business?

Cybercrime has become prevalent because it’s easy and it’s really profitable, generating more than $1.5 trillion in 2018 alone.

By CxEnergy and the AABC Commissioning Group (ACG)
Image courtesy of Brett Sayles
Cybersecurity February 4, 2021

What OSHA can teach us about cybersecurity

Many of the lessons and changes applied to manufacturing after the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 can be applied to the growing challenge manufacturers face with industrial cybersecurity. Three keys to improving cybersecurity are highlighted.

By John Livingston
Image courtesy: Brett Sayles
Cybersecurity April 22, 2021

Low-level risk assessment for cybersecurity

Low-level risk assessments are often performed after a high-level risk assessment or, sometimes, conducted on specific plants in order to deeply assess the precise risk estimate of a cyber attack.

By H-ON Consulting
Energy Management April 20, 2021

Energy management for industrial networks

Automation components consume a large amount of energy during production and can strain industrial networks' ability to run properly.

By Nelly Ayllon
Courtesy: Christopher Moore, Georgia Tech
Energy, Power April 20, 2021

Leveraging the 5G network to wirelessly power IoT devices

Turning 5G networks into a wireless power grid for Internet of Things (IoT) devices that need batteries to operate could eliminate them altogether down the road.

By Anne Wainscott-Sargent
Courtesy: Northeast Automation
virtualization, Cloud, Analytics, Edge Computing April 19, 2021

Top 5 Control Engineering Articles April 12-18, 2021

Articles about edge computing, industrial Ethernet problems, plant energy efficiency, Engineers' Choice winners and Hannover Messe updates were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from April 12-18, 2021. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
An engineering breakthrough from Festo combines the simplicity of pneumatics with the benefits of electric automation. The new Simplified Motion Series (SMS) takes proven spindle axes, toothed belt axes, mini slides, electric cylinders, and rotary actuators and integrates them with an onboard-servo drive. Users commission two-position functionality via onboard push buttons with no additional software needed. IO-Link control can be used for flexible, multi-position applications. It received 2021 Engineers’ Choice recognition in the Motion Control – Drives category. Courtesy: Festo
Process Manufacturing February 5, 2021

Low-cost, easy-to-use electric motion

Use easy-to-use electric actuators: Digital I/O ensures pneumatics-like control, while IO-Link adds a third, mid-point position for new capabilities.

By Tim Sharkey