Diagnostics, Asset Management
A novel technique developed by MIT researchers compresses “objects” in memory for the first time, freeing up more memory used by computers, allowing them to run faster and perform more tasks simultaneously. Courtesy: Christine Daniloff, MIT
Diagnostics, Asset Management April 17, 2019

Data-compression technique developed for faster computer programs

A technique developed by MIT researchers frees up more memory used by computers and mobile devices, allowing them to run faster and perform more tasks simultaneously.

By Rob Matheson
The standard way to test new battery designs is time-consuming and expensive. A new research method from Stanford University, MIT, and the Toyota Research Institute aims to change that. Image courtesy: Chris Vavra, CFE Media
Diagnostics, Asset Management April 11, 2019

Artificial intelligence used to accurately predict battery life

Researchers have developed a battery testing technique that could help bring new designs to the market more quickly and enable more efficient batteries for electric vehicles and other applications.

By Mark Golden
It's an eight-step process for companies to turn data into information, according to Drury. Courtesy: Chris Vavra, CFE Media
Diagnostics, Asset Management April 11, 2019

Use context with IIoT to provide automation value

The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) has a lot of potential, but without context and a clear goal, value for companies will be less. See 8 ways to move from data to information.

By Chris Vavra
Researchers in MIT’s Open Agriculture Initiative grow basil under controlled environmental conditions to study how taste and other features are affected. Courtesy: Melanie Gonick, MIT
Diagnostics, Asset Management April 10, 2019

Machine-learning algorithms used to make agriculture taste better

MIT researchers have developed a method using machine learning to reveal optimal growing conditions to maximize taste and other features.

By Anne Trafton
Diagnostics, Asset Management April 7, 2019

Data visualization, monitoring remotely

Improving data visualization and implementing cloud-based remote access is also the first step to implementing the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and Industrie 4.0 applications for said data visualization.

By Jack Smith
Figure 4: Control objects mirror plant objects. The analog input block on the lower left side shows object oriented industrial programming (OOIP) encapsulation. Courtesy: ControlSphere LLC
Diagnostics, Asset Management April 5, 2019

Leverage object-oriented industrial programming

Plants and equipment are assembled from objects, so controls architecture should be too. New tools help industrial programmers deliver the productivity of object-oriented programming (OOP) without the complexity.

By Gary L. Pratt, P.E.
MIT researchers’ modified flash storage drives hold promise to cut in half the energy and physical space required to store and manage user data in power-hungry data centers. Courtesy: Chris Vavra, CFE Media
Diagnostics, Asset Management April 3, 2019

Researchers develop architecture to reduce data center energy and space constraints

MIT researchers have developer a flash-storage system designed to cut the energy and physical space required to store and manage data in data centers by half.

By Rob Matheson
Edge computing simplifies an infrastructure by mapping once at the edge and delivering data in a more efficient way, with message queuing telemetry transport (MQTT). Courtesy: Inductive Automation
Diagnostics, Asset Management April 1, 2019

Control Engineering hot topics, March 2019

Control Engineering's most clicked articles in March 2019 included stories about the Engineers' Choice Awards, edge computing advantages, manufacturing and process facility trends, Big Data analysis, and more. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Figure 1: An explosion of new architectures for data collection, storage, and analysis is modifying the Purdue Model. Courtesy: Seeq
Diagnostics, Asset Management April 1, 2019

Top 5 Control Engineering articles March 25-31

Articles about Big Data analysis, edge computing best practices, the Engineers' Choice Awards, industrial mobile robot standards, and rate-predictive control were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from March 25-31. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
The University of California, Irvine (UCI) Division of Continuing Education is working to provide formal training and certification programs for blockchain and distributed ledger technology, which is growing rapidly in many industries including manufacturing. Courtesy: Mark T. Hoske, CFE Media
Diagnostics, Asset Management March 27, 2019

Partnership formed to provide blockchain training

The University of California, Irvine (UCI) Division of Continuing Education announced a partnership with The Decentralized Education Nexus (The DEN) to provide training and certification programs for blockchain and distributed ledger technology. 

By University of California, Irvine