Siemens Simatic Automation Tool, Software to Manage Automation Components in Commissioning, Maintenance, and Service won a 2019 Engineers’ Choice Award in the Software - Control design category. Courtesy: Siemens
Wireless February 20, 2019

Software can automate devices and systems

Machine manufacturers benefit from software that allows them to stay operational with their many automation devices while cutting costs and staying independent of an engineering framework.

By Jana Kocianova
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Wireless February 19, 2019

The human aspect of cyber-physical systems

Researchers from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) are exploring and developing the human aspect of cyber-physical systems (CPSs), which are going to have a larger role in society.

By Gregory Hale
Siemens Simatic Industrial Thin Client V3 Pro won a 2019 Engineers’ Choice Award in the Hardware - HMI, operator interface, thin-client category. The Simatic Industrial PC product line can help with control and monitoring of control room processes using Rack PCs and a multi-monitor configuration, providing fast and reliable data transfer using a maintenance-free Box PC as a compact gateway to the enterprise cloud and Edge applications. IP65-protected PRO solution and expansion modules permit flexible operation mounted on a support bracket or stand. Various models can meet special ruggedness, security, or hygiene requirements. Courtesy: Siemens
Wireless February 19, 2019

Digitalization, Industrie 4.0, Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) as market drivers

With the drive to digitalization, and trends such as Industrie 4.0, smart manufacturing, and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), industries face challenges such as improving production flexibility and reducing changeover time between production runs.

By Alessandra Da Silva
The Siemens mobile Smart Access wireless module with built-in webserver for products is just the tool end-customers have been needing to easily connect, monitor, commission, and restore operation to equipment. Siemens Sinamics G120 Smart Access Wireless Module won the 2019 Engineers’ Choice Grand Award, in the Motion control - Drives category. Courtesy: Siemens Industry
Wireless February 18, 2019

Automation needs to be easy to use

Automation advice: Devices and systems should provide a positive customer experience and be easily connect, monitor, commission, and operate. Use the smartphone benchmark.

By Craig Nelson
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
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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