Simulators, Optimizers

Figure 1: Output control with a permissive is shown in this output PLC logic, typical for an actuator. Various addresses need to be in the correct state for the Z_Axis_Lower_SV output to energize. These can be manipulated by the programmer, or in the case of the HMI pushbutton, it can link to an HMI program running on the programming computer and be pressed. Courtesy: Automation Consulting
Simulators, Optimizers March 29, 2019

How simulation helps automation and controls

The controls often must be programmed for automated machinery and systems before hardware exists, but controls engineers can use simulations to test syntax, proper tag linking and addressing, and code functionality.

By Frank Lamb
Simulation can provide detailed visualization of a line in an existing production facility. Courtesy: Dennis Group
Simulators, Optimizers March 28, 2019

Optimize production line design with simulation modeling

Simulation modeling, used properly, can identify and remove risks, maximize value, and help produce successful outcomes. Ask these five questions to ensure the model reflects realistic behavior and constraints.

By Christy Starner
Courtesy: Honeywell
Simulators, Optimizers November 27, 2018

Leveraging process simulation throughout the plant lifecycle

Using simulation for plant design, process automation system validation, and operator training will help optimize plant operations.

By Scott Michel
Simulators, Optimizers October 20, 2018

Simulation model helps robots navigate more like humans

MIT researchers have now devised a way to help robots navigate environments more like humans do by letting robots determine how to reach a goal by exploring the environment, observing other agents, and exploiting what they’ve learned before in similar situations.

By Rob Matheson, MIT News Office
Simulators, Optimizers August 27, 2018

Control system simulator teaches operators how to thwart hackers

Researchers at Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) have developed a simulator to help operators of chemical processing plants better understand the security issues of industrial control systems (ICSs). Future versions are being planned to simulate electric power grids, treatment facilities, and other manufacturing facilities.

By John Toon, Georgia Tech University
Simulators, Optimizers August 10, 2018

Network interoperability, process digitalization

Think Again: Time sensitive networking helps advance communications in seven ways; digital transformation enables process industries in five ways.

By Mark T. Hoske, Control Engineering
Simulators, Optimizers August 9, 2018

How AR and VR are transforming training in manufacturing

Augmented reality (VR) and virtual reality (VR) technologies are improving training programs in plant facilities and bridging the skills gap with more efficient training for the incoming workforce – training new workers at 30 to 40% more efficiently and reducing assembly time.

By Shelby Hegy, PTC
Figure 1: Intelligent wearables efficiently connect workers to the information they need in real-time from anywhere while performing the task at hand hands-free. It can operate in Class 1 Div. 1 hazardous environments; battery can last a shift. Courtesy: Honeywell Connected Plant
Educational August 3, 2018

Training younger generations with immersive technologies

Adopting new technology such as virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) will help train younger employees faster without comprising safety on the plant floor.

By Youssef Mestari, Honeywell Connected Plant
Simulators, Optimizers December 5, 2017

3-D robotic welding simulation benefits

Cover Story: Teaching robots how to weld using 3-D simulation is beneficial because welding is a complex, precise process that cannot be explained or taught easily to humans.

By Tanya M. Anandan, RIA
Simulators, Optimizers September 22, 2017

Virtualized manufacturing, simulation opportunities

Cover Story: A simulated factory floor can monitor parameters, expose production gaps, highlight cost inefficiencies, reduce carbon footprint, and, applied to one product, can simulate its role in the real world while still on the drawing board.

By Mayank Pandya