Simulators, Optimizers

Most modern platforms support temporary variables to support programming the sequences, but some specific calculations are better done in another module at the command of the sequences, which can be done in a companion module. Courtesy: Maverick Technolog
Simulators, Optimizers January 30, 2017

Three keys for coding efficient sequential control programs

Sequential control programs, which are usually a part of medium to complex control strategies involving either batch applications or any procedure-based applications can be an easier and more streamlined if the engineer ensures that the sequences have the same architectural model. Three tips are highlighted to make the process easier.

By Tony Kolluri, Maverick Technologies
The majority of manufacturing professionals expect to use onsite private cloud computing to monitor operations and utilize Big Data, according to a study released by IHS Markit. Courtesy: IHS Markit
Simulators, Optimizers January 28, 2017

Industrial automation expected to grow according to report

Challenges remain after a rocky 2016, but standards, robotics will provide growth opportunities, according to a study from IHS Markit.

By Bob Vavra
Simulators, Optimizers January 27, 2017

Two technical specification proposals released for comment and voting

FieldComm Group has two technical specifications, the Unified EDD Language Specification and the FDI Technical Specification, open for review for final comment and vote.

By FieldComm Group
Schneider Electric's SimSci SimCentral for Process Utilities is a platform designed to manage how processes are engineered across their entire lifecycle and users can streamline process utility design, collaborate for process improvement and simplify mode
Simulators, Optimizers January 11, 2017

Simulator for process utility applications

Schneider Electric's SimSci SimCentral for Process Utilities is a platform designed to manage how processes are engineered across their entire lifecycle and users can streamline process utility design, collaborate for process improvement and simplify modeling complexity.

By Schneider Electric
Reusable code for programmable logic controllers (PLCs) provide users with flexibility and allow structures to be built that can be exported from one application to another. Courtesy: Frank Lamb, Automation Primer
Simulators, Optimizers January 5, 2017

Advantages of reusable code for PLCs

Reusable code for programmable logic controllers (PLCs) provide users with flexibility and allow structures to be built that can be exported from one application to another.

By Frank Lamb, Automation Primer
Simulators, Optimizers December 28, 2016

Principles for more effective automation

Programming is a big portion of process control and following principles such as customer collaboration, responding to changes, and emphasizing individuals and interactions can help a great deal in creating a successful project.

By Rocky Chambers, Maverick Technologies
Simulators, Optimizers December 17, 2016

IIoT analytic solution and platform suppliers

Entrants into fast-growing market include solution specialists and platform suppliers.

By CFE Media
Simulators, Optimizers December 5, 2016

Top 5 Control Engineering articles November 28 to December 4: Process automation systems, Engineers’ Choice finalists, robotic programming advancements, more

Articles about process automation systems, the Engineers' Choice finalists, robotic programming advances, SCADA/HMI cybersecurity, and IoT control system optimization were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from November 28 to December 4. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Using the proper data analysis tools leads to valuable information for facility operations. Courtesy: Corso Systems
Simulators, Optimizers November 23, 2016

Intelligent automation series part 6: Understanding the process of automation systems

Automation pyramid part 6: The easiest way to understand the pyramid as a whole is to see how information moves from Level 1 to Level 5 and how to get value out of data analysis.

By Alex Marcy, Corso Systems
Schneider Electric's Prometheus is a configuration tool for defining, programming and documenting all components in an industrial control system (ICS), from the manufacturing execution system (MES) to the input/output (I/O). Courtesy: Schneider Electric
Simulators, Optimizers October 21, 2016

Configuration tool for documents industrial control system components

Schneider Electric's Prometheus is a configuration tool for defining, programming and documenting all components in an industrial control system (ICS), from the manufacturing execution system (MES) to the input/output (I/O).

By Schneider Electric