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Integrated safety can extend beyond I/O terminals and implement safety logic directly in servo drives and other components in the field. Courtesy: Beckhoff Automation
Ethernet July 2, 2019

Converging safety, non-safety systems increases scalability, flexibility

Integrating safety systems into a machine’s standard control platform simplifies operations, increases diagnostic capabilities and creates safer work environments for engineers and end users.

By Sree Swarna Gutta
Figure 1. Bypass and configured packages include a replaceable variable frequency drive. Courtesy: Yaskawa
Ethernet June 1, 2019

Control Engineering hot topics, May 2019

Control Engineering's most clicked articles in May 2019 included stories about VFDs, safe human-robot interaction, sustainable cybersecurity, object-oriented programming, the Career and Salary Survey, and more. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
The user is provided a view of the system that allows for the configuration of the I/O and control devices as well as for the layout of the topology and the infrastructure devices. Courtesy: Avnu Alliance
Ethernet May 10, 2019

Time-sensitive networking benefits for industrial systems

Time-sensitive networking (TSN) can simplify industrial systems and reduce system and hardware costs, an appealing choice for companies looking to harness data in the Industrie 4.0 and Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) era.

By Anil Kumar, Denzil Roberts, Ph.D., Steve Zuponcic
When any topology is possible, it’s easier to place devices and wiring where needed, maximizing efficiency from the start of network implementation. Courtesy: PI North America
Ethernet May 9, 2019

Industrial Ethernet considerations and advice

Best practices: Industrial Ethernet protocols should allow and promote industrial functions, easy connectivity, and use, and integration with other networks, including legacy networks. Consider this advice.

By Michael Bowne
Network performance comparison of CC-Link IE Field versus conventional industrial Ethernet technologies. Courtesy: CC-Link Partner Association (CLPA)
Ethernet May 5, 2019

Are industrial Ethernet networks ready for Industrie 4.0?

Industrie 4.0’s potential places a lot of demands on manufacturers looking to make data-driven decisions, and industrial Ethernet networks need to handle the increasing speed and volume.

By John Wozniak
Courtesy: CFE Media
Ethernet May 4, 2019

Managing industrial Ethernet switches

While traditional industrial networks are using Ethernet switches to prepare for the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) applications, there is a place for unmanaged switches, though they come with some risks.

By Suzanne Gill
One-cable technology (OCT) can support servomotors of all sizes, from low-wattage options connected to compact drives in an I/O terminal form factor up to large F7-flange motors that require large drives. Courtesy: Beckhoff Automation
Ethernet April 10, 2019

Efficient motion system engineering reduces servomotor costs

Configuration using PC-based control software, EtherCAT networks, integrated drives, and one-cable technology (OCT) simplify motion control system design and reduce servomotor costs.

By Matt Prellwitz
IO-Link provides connectivity at the device and sensor level and allows even the smallest field devices and smart sensors to communicate their diagnostic data for analysis to understand functional and system status. Courtesy: Emerson Automation Solutions
Ethernet April 2, 2019

IIoT-ready technologies improve machine controls

Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) technologies have the potential to improve user benefits through diagnostics, prognostics and predictive maintenance.

By Steven Fales
Control Engineering 2019 Engineers' Choice Awards
Ethernet February 4, 2019

2019 Engineers’ Choice Awards

Spotlight on innovation: Best automation, control, and instrumentation products in 26 categories.

By Amanda Pelliccione
Remote I/ O of CC-Link IE Field Basic was first developed by Tianjin Sentinel Electronics. Courtesy: Control Engineering China, CC-Link
Ethernet February 3, 2019

Low-cost field control network

International: CC-Link IE Field Basic is an option for smart factory network architectures where low-cost control networks are needed.

By Stone Shi