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Companies collaborate on plant initiative for process manufacturing applications

Honeywell and Seeq announced they will collaborate as part of the Honeywell Connected Plant... » more

Fog computing reference architecture released

The OpenFog Consortium released the OpenFog Reference Architecture, which is a universal technical... » more

2017 Engineers' Choice Awards: Spotlight on innovation

Best automation, control, and instrumentation products in 28 categories. » more

Simulation program for processing, hazardous applications

The KBC Co-Pilot Program from KBC Advanced Technologies (KBC) is designed to remotely support the... » more

Control Engineering hot topics, January 2017

Control Engineering's most clicked articles in January 2017 included stories about control panel... » more

Industrial automation expected to grow according to report

Challenges remain after a rocky 2016, but standards, robotics will provide growth opportunities,... » more

Manufacturers are slow in adopting Industrie 4.0 into their operations

Many manufacturers in the U.S. and the United Kingdom aren't adopting Industrie 4.0 because they... » more

Robotics software for the next generation

Educators, researchers, and robotics companies have collaborated to develop software that enables... » more

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Industrial Networking: Introduction to Networking

Doug Bell introduces Chris Harris. Networks communicate in several ways including by wire, wireless, and fiber optics. Various standards such as RS-232, RS-422, RS-485 and Ethernet come with the particular device being...

Industrial Networking: Basics of RS-232

The RS-232 standard allows for communication between two devices in either a master-slave or master-master configuration. A master-master configuration does not require the cables to be changed however the hardware needs to...

Industrial Networking: RS-232 Media and Hardware

All types of connectors are found with RS-232 with no set standard, zip links are a solution especially in long distance (up to 50 feet) applications. DTE and DCE devices require different wiring configurations. The device...

Industrial Networking: Networking Protocol Basics

A compatible wiring scheme does not mean two devices can communication with each other, they need the same language. In a network, there must be a device that produces a signal for the network to work, cannot have two slave...

Industrial Networking: Basics of RS-422

The RS-422 standard allows use with up to 11 devices and 4000 feet of wire. The standard is commonly confused with RS-485 and can even work with RS-485 devices. RS-422 is not widely supported. Long-time automation trainer Doug...

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Cyber Security Research

2016 Cybersecurity Study: Six key findings

Respondents to the Control Engineering 2016 Cybersecurity Study... » more

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Cyber Security: Technology Review

A very fast paced look at many types of hardware...

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When buying or specifying a controller, what are the most important considerations?
Speed, latency, memory
Upgrade, licensing simplicity
I/O count, communications ability
Previous controller brand, purchasing agreements
Failsafe, hotswapping
IEC 61131-3 programming, offline programming, simulation
Initial lifecycle costs
Integrated functions such as motion, vision, HMI
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Avoid the worst control system ever

Automation System Integration Blog: Nobody wants to get a screaming... » more

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