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Siemens Simatic ET 200SP F-AI 4xI 0(4)..20mA Fail-Safe Module for Analog Inputs won a 2019 Engineers’ Choice Award in the Network integration - I/O systems category. Courtesy: Siemens Industry Inc.
Wireless February 16, 2019

Powerful I/O system for compact control cabinets

Input/output (I/O) systems design considerations include smaller sizes, faster response times, and greater functionality, with energy savings, diagnostics, and rugged environmental ratings.

By Raj Rajendra
Figure 1: Cyber threats are proliferating due to increased information technology/operations technology (IT/OT) integration, along with the advent of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and open process automation (OPA) initiatives. Courtesy: Yokogawa Electric Corp.
Wireless February 8, 2019

Proactive management of plant cybersecurity

A combination of information technology (IT) and operations technology (OT) cybersecurity expertise is required to manage the influx of Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) devices and increased IT/OT integration.

By Camilo Gomez
FDT Group announced the release of its updated developer tools, known as Common Components, which are designed to enhance interoperability while accelerating time to market. Courtesy: FDT Group
Wireless February 5, 2019

IIoT development tools receive standard update

FDT Group announced the release of its updated developer tools, known as Common Components, which are designed to enhance interoperability while accelerating time to market. 

By FDT Group
Control Engineering 2019 Engineers' Choice Awards
Wireless February 4, 2019

2019 Engineers’ Choice Awards

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

By Amanda Pelliccione
Figure 1: Global Controls Solutions LLC (GCS), a system integrator, helped achieve a food supplier’s goal of improved energy efficiency with an industrial Ethernet network, Profinet, to improve overall operational efficiency. One of the control panels for the refrigeration system is shown. Courtesy: Global Controls Solutions (GCS)
Wireless February 2, 2019

Profinet network, control system upgrade helps reduce energy costs

A system integrator deployed a Profinet industrial Ethernet network and programmable logic controllers (PLCs) for a food supplier looking to expand its facility. The integrator used the Ethernet network to improve communications and optimize operational efficiency for $125,000 in annual energy savings.

By Nelly Ayllon Lazo
Courtesy: CFE Media
Wireless January 31, 2019

Wireless gas detectors benefit from rising adoption of IoT technologies

Frost & Sullivan's survey finds vendors with Internet of Things (IoT) solutions for their wireless gas detectors will find greater growth opportunities.

By Frost & Sullivan
During the fourth industrial revolution, the implementation of automation and network technologies is essential for businesses to remain competitive. Courtesy: CC-Link Partner Association (CLPA)
Wireless January 25, 2019

Industrial networks open up to the future

Open industrial networks are fundamental components of the Smart Factory and Industrie 4.0 will play a key role in the factory of the future.

By John Wozniak
FDT 2.0 technology has been approved by the International Society of Automation (ISA) for the American market. Courtesy: FDT Group/International Society of Automation
Wireless January 23, 2019

Standard for integration fieldbuses and devices approved for American market

FDT 2.0 technology, which enables enterprise-wide client/server integration and application of fieldbuses and devices, has been approved by the International Society of Automation (ISA) for the American market.

By FDT Group
Access to accurate, real-time plant floor data enables companies to improve processes, drive productivity, and make better decisions. Courtesy: PTC
Wireless January 21, 2019

The Benefits of a Standardized Communications Layer: Your Questions Answered

Webcast presenters Sam Elsner and Philip Bard answered questions about topics such as data acquisition reliability, communication layers and cybersecurity, and more.

By Philip Bard and Sam Elsner
Figure 1: According to a survey by the Eclipse Foundation, messaging queuing telemetry transport (MQTT) is the most-used messaging protocol for an IoT solution. Courtesy: Eclipse Foundation Inc.
Wireless January 21, 2019

Top 5 Control Engineering articles January 14-20

Articles about MQTT's role as an IoT message transport, industrial controller selection, hot Control Engineering topics for 2018, improving industrial network communications, and IIoT software's future were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from January 14-20. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra