Courtesy: Mark T. Hoske, CFE Media and Technology
Process Manufacturing February 24, 2020

Top 5 Control Engineering articles February 17-23

Articles about the Engineers' Choice winners, process valve choices, cotton gin improvements, robots and drones in process facilities, and the top 2019 university articles were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from February 17-23. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
The more information technology (IT) and operational technology (OT) are connected, the more attention network infrastructure requires, especially to the switches. Indu-Sol’s PROmesh P20 functions as a distribution layer switch in the Industrial information technology (IIT) level. That product won a 2020 Engineers’ Choice Award in the Network Integration – Ethernet Hardware, Switches category. Courtesy: Indu-Sol GmbH
Other Networks February 11, 2020

Design advice for connecting IT and OT

High-performance infrastructure, including industrial Ethernet networks, helps with efficient, secure and reliable connections between information technology (IT) and operational technology (OT) systems and software. Note the unseen costs of unmanaged switch and transition layer between IT and OT.

By Christian Wiesel
Interior view of Humidifier control cabinet with PROFINET I/O (Siemens ET200S). This view was taken during testing before commissioning and final cleanup. Courtesy: Design Automated Controls
Ethernet February 8, 2020

Continuous improvements help Alabama cotton gin increase yields

A cotton gin facility in Alabama upgraded its industrial network to better manage its increased production while running optimally for long periods of time.

By Nelly Ayllon
High-speed, long distance distributed pneumatic and I/O communications are available, extending the reach of Ethernet protocols, such as EtherNet/IP, EtherCAT, and Profinet, as Festo showed at Automation Fair by Rockwell Automation in Chicago. Courtesy: Mark T. Hoske, Control Engineering, CFE Media and Technology
Ethernet December 14, 2019

Ethernet for process and discrete devices

Think Again: Separate efforts aim to extend Ethernet to process and discrete devices. Standards can promote interoperability for devices and software if standards are specific enough.

By Mark T. Hoske
Figure 3: While Pactiv still uses compressed air in its production of molded fiber egg cartons, the iZ Systems upgrades reduced compressed air energy requirements by 45%. Courtesy: iZ Systems
Automation, Controls December 12, 2019

Food packaging company cuts compressed air costs by $250,000

IZ Systems minimizes equipment footprint and slashes energy requirements 45% by implementing PC-based automation and EtherCAT.

By James Figy
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Ethernet December 2, 2019

Ethernet/IP enhanced to integrate IO-Link devices

ODVA has published enhancements to The EtherNet/IP Specification, which outline how to integrate devices built to the IO-Link Communication Standard into CIP architectures

In the chemical and process industries, the cost of technology is rising, especially given tighter process schedules — pluggable test disconnect terminals simplify servicing and maintenance. Courtesy: Phoenix Contact
Process Manufacturing November 29, 2019

HART increasingly used for quick diagnostics

Pluggable disconnect terminals for process engineering control systems. HART can help control processes in 3 ways.

By Alan Sappe’ and Torsten Schloo
Factory automation and process control tag-naming matters for consistency, understanding, and troubleshooting. Courtesy: Frank Lamb, Automation Consulting, Automation Primer
Discrete Manufacturing November 1, 2019

Control Engineering hot topics, October 2019

Control Engineering's most clicked articles in October 2019 included stories about the Engineers' Choice finalists, PLC naming conventions, digital engineering practices, RPC and model-based control, and more. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
This example network architecture incorporates standard EtherCAT, EtherCAT G and EtherCAT G10 for faster communication and greater data throughput. Courtesy: Beckhoff Automation
Ethernet October 28, 2019

Ethernet group accepts addition to standard

The EtherCAT Technology Group's (ETG) technical committee has accepted EtherCAT G, introduced by Beckhoff Automation in 2018, as an addition to the EtherCAT standard.

By EtherCAT Technology Group
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Ethernet October 25, 2019

Time-sensitive networking benefits for manufacturing applications

Time-sensitive networking (TSN) allows for increased automation and connectivity on the plant floor through industrial communication applications.

By Volker E. Goller