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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
Figure 1: Jose Rivera, CSIA CEO, (left) and Dave Patterson, Grantek CEO, on stage during their interview session. Courtesy: Inductive Automation
System Integration December 12, 2019

Certified for success: Building a better system integration business

Jose Rivera, CEO of CSIA, interviewed Dave Patterson, CEO of Grantek, a certified SI member of CSIA, about the company's challenges and successes as an integrator and how they've become a better business.

By Jose M. Rivera
Figure 1: Data acquisition network connections. Courtesy: Maverick Technologies
Data Acquisition, DAQ December 9, 2019

Top 5 Control Engineering articles December 2-8

Articles about the Engineers' Choice finalists, data acquisition, cut-to-length cable, IT/OT convergence, and industrial virtualization were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from December 2-8. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
An MIT-invented model demonstrates an understanding of some basic “intuitive physics” by registering “surprise” when objects in simulations move in unexpected ways, such as rolling behind a wall and not reappearing on the other side. Courtesy: Christine Daniloff, MIT
AI and Machine Learning December 5, 2019

Helping machines perceive some laws of physics

MIT researchers have designed a model that demonstrates an understanding of some basic “intuitive physics” about how objects should behave, which could improve artificial intelligence.

By Rob Matheson
At Bentley’s Year in Infrastructure (YII) 2019 Conference in Singapore, Senthil Kumar said that Capital Asset Lifecycle Management (CALM) would help manufacturers make the digital transformations more efficiently. Courtesy: Aileen Jin, Control Engineering China
Info Management December 5, 2019

Make digital twins easier to implement for manufacturing industries

International: Move from vision to reality: It’s time to embrace digital twins for manufacturing. Benefits include more efficient digital transformations and more effective asset monitoring and performance.

By Aileen Jin
Figure 1: This figure depicts how a single Type 1 hypervisor manages two virtual OSs on an industrial controller, a RTOS for real-time control and a guest OS for edge processing. Courtesy: Emerson
Virtualization, Cloud Analytics December 4, 2019

Industrial virtualization heads to the plant floor

End users are comfortable with virtualization in their information technology (IT) server rooms and desktops, and many similar benefits now can be realized with industrial programmable logic controllers (PLCs) and programmable automation controllers (PACs).

By Vibhoosh Gupta
Courtesy: Chris Vavra, CFE Media
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

By ODVA
Figure 2: Real-time dashboards provide the information required for each level of the plant’s organization. Courtesy: Yokogawa Electric Corp.
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 December 2, 2019

Top 5 Control Engineering articles November 25 to December 1

Articles about profit-driven operations, data acquisition, the Engineers' Choice finalists, smart instrumentation, and control system design best practices were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from November 25 to December 1. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Better control means getting useful information when needed to the right people, for smarter decisions. Intuitive dashboards showing plant parameters provide faster understanding, as shown at the 2019 Honeywell Users Group Americas meeting in June. Courtesy: Mark T. Hoske, Control Engineering, CFE Media and Technology
Process Manufacturing December 1, 2019

Control Engineering hot topics, November 2019

Control Engineering's most clicked articles in November 2019 included stories about the Engineers' Choice finalists, control system migration, information and the cloud, profit-driven operations, the future of industrial automation, and more. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
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