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Courtesy: MultiTech Systems Inc., New Products for Engineers Database
Wireless August 11, 2020

5G wireless for industrial use: Six answers

Industrial communications is adding 5G to wireless protocols used. Get answers about 5G progress, 5G benefits, 5G adoption challenges and 5G standard.

By Daniel Quant
Courtesy: Emerson
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 August 7, 2020

Augmented reality tools: A digital bridge for the skill gap

Augmented reality (AR) is changing the way manufacturers work in the field. See three benefits of augmented reality and three examples of how AR helps users.

By Anna Velena, Vineesh Kapoor
Courtesy: PTC
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 August 4, 2020

COVID-19 accelerates digital transformation

Industrial organizations are realizing digital transformation value during the COVID-19 pandemic. This includes rapid production changes, enterprise-wide connectivity, and a shift from proof of concept to proof of value for Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) implementations.

By Sean Callahan
Courtesy: Siemens
Wireless August 1, 2020

What industrial wireless network should I use?

Are your industrial wireless local area networks up to date? Industrial communications are taking another leap forward with IEEE 802.11ax and 5G wireless technologies. Be sure to evaluate the status of industrial wireless LAN (iWLAN) technologies.

By Ford Cheeseman
Ladder diagram is the most popular programmable controllers programming language at 80% followed by function block diagram at 58%, structured text at 44%, object-oriented programming at 39%, sequential function charge at 34%, C at 31% followed by five others at 24% down to 5%. Courtesy: Control Engineering 2020 Industrial Controller Research Report
Research July 16, 2020

Research: Controller programming methods, advice

Control Engineering 2020 research on industrial programmable controllers said ladder logic continues to dominate programming, software integration and simulation capabilities are increasing, and survey respondents seek programming flexibility. See six software-related programmable controller changes since 2018 and nine programmable controller bits of software advice.

By Mark T. Hoske
Courtesy of: SEMI
Business of Engineering July 11, 2020

Three university projects launched to advance flexible hybrid electronics

SEMI FlexTech announced the launch of three projects to accelerate sensor and sensor system innovations for new applications in industries including healthcare, automotive, industrial and defense.

By SEMI
Courtesy: Siemens Industry Inc.
I/O Systems, I/O Modules July 10, 2020

Machine mount I/O devices are the data satellites of the machine

Machine mount I/O devices are expected to support simple digital and analog inputs and outputs and other modules with intelligence built in support motor starters, variable speed drives, communication modules and radio frequency identification (RFID) tag readers. Integrated safety can support systems more simply than hardwired solutions or separate systems.

By Raj Rajendra
Courtesy: EtherCAT Technology Group
Ethernet July 6, 2020

Safety over EtherCAT conformance test benefits

The Safety over EtherCAT (FSoE) conformance test is required for manufacturer to prove the safety of a device, and increases reliability, freedom from errors and interoperability of secure communication.

By Christiane Hammel
Courtesy: Control Engineering 2020 Cybersecurity Research Report
Cybersecurity June 13, 2020

Cybersecurity requires asset updates

Age of existing assets are the greatest cybersecurity risk factor, 67% in 2020 Control Engineering research, up from 46% in 2016. This is of particular concern with remote operations increasing due to the COVID-19 pandemic and manufacturing starting up again.

By Mark T. Hoske
Courtesy: FDT Group
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 June 10, 2020

FDT IIoT ecosystem built to connect, empower intelligent industrial enterprise

Easier digital transformation and innovative industrial automation business models are expected to result from the FDT Group’s platform independent FDT 3.0 – IIoT Server (FITS) platform to help with control system integration in automation supplier and end-user communities in the process, hybrid and discrete markets.

By FDT Group