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Leading-edge automation technologies are helping solve workforce shortages and economic challenges by adding efficiency. Automation salaries increased more than bonuses fell. Worker shortages were cited as a threat by nearly half of respondents in 2023.
Control processes, SCADA and HMI are leading applications for edge computing; enhancing control capabilities is a common use of artificial intelligence.
Controllers should have easier to use software and be easier to program, according to Control Engineering subscribers providing advice for “How to apply controllers” research.
Cornell will be leading one of seven new research centers being funded by the Semiconductor Research Corporation's JUMP 2.0 consortium.
Purchasing Industrial Computing and Networking, August 2022: Control Engineering research says one-third of buyers would switch vendors; half would consider given good reason; just 15% were very satisfied. For responses to a write-in question, honesty was most important.
Think Again: Are automation and controls helping to fill the growing manufacturing skills gap? Control Engineering research, “Purchasing Considerations for Automation Systems & Control Systems” shows an increase in spending for the next 12 months in most categories.
Research and advice assist with hiring and retaining automation experts, according to a May 25 Control Engineering webcast, citing recent research, with system integration help.
Solve the workforce challenge: Automate, innovate, hire and retain great workers. Lack of skilled workers, materials and the economy are biggest threats to manufacturing. Lack of available skilled workers jumped from 37% in 2021 to 57% in 2022.
Automation users are more likely to purchase from companies supporting standards that promote interoperability: Among findings in Control Engineering research.
Career update: COVID-19 accelerates innovative technology implementations; engineering salaries increase; job satisfaction is high. The lack of skilled workers, economy and lack of necessary materials are biggest threats to manufacturing.
Recent research indicates more operational technology and information technology collaboration, and 40% are spending more to do it. See a dozen bits of OT/IT collaboration advice.
Research: For 2021, programmable logic controllers (PLCs), control system integration, instrumentation, industrial wireless, industrial PCs, industrial Ethernet, and advanced process control are among hot topics; 18 topics are in the top 10; 62 are in the top 20.
Control Engineering 2020 research on industrial programmable controllers said ladder logic continues to dominate programming, software integration and simulation capabilities are increasing, and survey respondents seek programming flexibility. See six software-related programmable controller changes since 2018 and nine programmable controller bits of software advice.
In the New Products for Engineers Database by CFE Media and Technology, 5 of the top 6 products cover control of air or cleaning, since the World Health Organization (WHO) declared COVID-19 a pandemic on March 11.
Career update: Many subscribers work in critical industries; half of non-salary compensation relies on profits, some changed by COVID-19. Lack of skilled workers continues to be the top threat to manufacturing for the survey period ending March 16, before more recent COVID-19 impacts.
Duke University biomedical engineers have adapted a low-cost platform to diagnose COVID-19 thanks to an NSF grant.
Articles about COVID-19's impacts on engineers, manufacturers and electronic industry, and advanced process control were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from April 6-12, 2020. Miss something? You can catch up here.
Research analysis, advice: Adverse effects of Coronavirus more than doubled in just a week for visitors to Control Engineering, Plant Engineering, Oil & Gas Engineering, and Consulting-Specifying Engineer websites taking a survey on COVID-19 impacts on engineering. For respondents answering March 11 to 19 and March 20 to 25, 13% felt a “great deal” of impact in the first week and 35% the next week.
Articles about coronavirus research, and how it is affecting the industry and business operations were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from March 30-April 2, 2020. Miss something? You can catch up here.
Digital work from home is fine, but manufacturing takes place in the physical world
Coronavirus impact data was collected from March 12 to 17 from visitors to Control Engineering, Plant Engineering, Oil & Gas Engineering, and Consulting-Specifying Engineer websites. Half of respondents’ business have negative effects; half have supply chain problems. Results cover impact on business, company responses, travel, future outlook, government strategies and other topics.
A variety of MIT research projects are being developed to aid efforts to detect and prevent the spread of coronavirus.
The Department of Energy (DOE) is looking for input and collaboration on science and technology response to the coronavirus.
Help benchmark progress on critical industrial topics: Control Engineering asks those involved with automation, controls and/or instrumentation to participate in its salary and career survey. Results will be covered in the May 2020 print/digital edition and online.
Five findings from the Control Engineering 2019 Career and Salary Study as it relates to automation engineers and their feelings on their profession.
Rice University researchers have simplified the synthesis of an iron oxide that could be combined with 2-D materials for electronic and spintronic applications that take advantage of their spin states.
Grants totaling $30 million over next five years will fund advanced manufacturing projects.
Index increases to 56.6% as new orders, production levels point to a positive start to 2019
The IIoT for Engineers 2018 Enterprise Resources Planning, IIoT and the Cloud Study unveiled several key findings regarding usage of ERP, IIoT, and the Cloud. This includes connections to process control, HMIs, SCADA, data historians, alarm management, and data acquisition systems.
Control Engineering research shows nearly a 5% increase in salaries among respondents to an average of $94,747; analysis of salaries by years with employer shows upward salary pressure for engineering new hires. Respondents continue to indicate they like their jobs, by more than 80% this year, but financial compensation is becoming more important, as the economy is seen as the biggest threat by far to manufacturing today.
Respondents to the Control Engineering 2016 Cybersecurity Study identified six high-level findings impacting control systems today.
Six system integration key findings
With the 2014 Mobility, Ethernet, and Wireless Study, Control Engineering identified the following six trends regarding integration, use, and spending for mobility, Ethernet, and wireless technologies.
Key findings on how companies have undertaken projects to integrate multiple levels within their organization.
Control Engineering research: While slightly less is expected for salary and significantly more for bonuses in 2015 compared to 2014, concerns about shortages of skilled workers remained highest on the list of challenges. This online report has additional graphics and details, with links to past research and related articles. NEW: Salary by engineering education, discipline, years, age.
This study was conducted by Control Engineering to evaluate cyber security implementation, resources, and training. See 7 findings for protecting control systems.
Seventy-five percent of respondents to the Control Engineering 2014 System Integration Study perform system integration services, either for their own projects or for third-party affiliates.
Respondents to the Control Engineering 2014 Mobility, Ethernet, and Wireless Study identified eight important high-level findings regarding wireless technologies.
Respondents to the Control Engineering 2014 Mobility, Ethernet, and Wireless Study identified 10 important high-level findings regarding Ethernet technologies.
According to the data in this report, benefits for using mobile devices on the plant floor include easier data access and increase productivity, 74% of users are allowed to use this technology on their plant network, and more than half of respondents expect an increase in mobility products and service spending in 2015.
Cyber threats to control systems are high, frequencies of vulnerability assessments are low, and many organizations are lacking a capable cyber incident response team. Are your systems at risk?