Research

Mark T. Hoske, Control Engineering content manager, tries Google Glass at Gail Borden Public Library. Courtesy: CFE Media
Research August 14, 2019

Augmented reality expected to address manufacturing skills deficit

Manufacturers share knowledge where and when needed via augmented reality (AR). See eight leading AR applications, according to IHS Markit.

By Alex West
Top reasons for outsourcing, according to the Control Engineering 2019 Career and Survey report, were to better focus on core competencies, lack of skilled staff, and cost management. Courtesy: Control Engineering research, CFE Media and CFE Technology
Research May 22, 2019

Research: More skilled workers are needed; outsourcing, STEM initiatives may help

Think Again: The 2019 Control Engineering Career and Salary Survey includes questions on topics of concern, such as outsourcing, workforce, process improvement, cybersecurity, automation, and threats.

By Mark T. Hoske
Preston Reine, research manager, industrial technology, IHS Markit. Courtesy: IHS Markit
Research May 8, 2019

Industrial market growth a boost to low-voltage motors and drives

The worldwide market for low-voltage motors and drives grew in 2018 thanks to a continued resurgence in the heavy industries such as metal processing, mining and oil & gas.

By Preston Reine
Research April 25, 2019

Using lean methods to find process improvements

Be involved in improving the work environment around you.

By Brandon Zeleniak, Southland Industries, Las Vegas
The Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute will receive as much as $30 million in funding from the U.S. Department of Defense over the next five years. Image: Katie Spain, CFE Media
Research February 21, 2019

DMDII receives Defense Dept. funding to strengthen research

Grants totaling $30 million over next five years will fund advanced manufacturing projects.

By Bob Vavra
Image courtesy: Bob Vavra, CFE Media
Research February 13, 2019

The human factor of IoT in safety

Technology can be part of the ‘culture’ in plants

By Susie Cumberland
The PMI Index dropped 5.2 percentage points in December to a 2-year low. Courtesy: CFE Media.
Research January 3, 2019

PMI plunges in December over manufacturing slowdown concerns

Index drops almost 10% to 2-year low as production, new orders slump.

By Bob Vavra
Research December 20, 2018

Global low-voltage motor market bounces back

Oil & gas revenue increases lead 4% sector growth according to a report from IHS Markit.

By Bob Vavra
Courtesy CFE Media.
Research December 3, 2018

PMI jumps 1.6 percentage points in November

New orders climb and business expands even as tariffs, worker issues remain.

By Bob Vavra
Figure 1: Wireless plant networks (WPNs) often include multiple types of networks supported and coordinated by wireless Ethernet. Courtesy: Emerson Automation Solutions
Research November 9, 2018

Wireless for operations: proprietary versus standards; adopters versus laggards

Wireless networks are part and parcel of many process plants with many advantages. Adoption continues to increase and are being used for many applications.

By Shane Hale