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System Integration

Courtesy: MAVERICK Technologies
I/O Systems, I/O Modules September 23, 2020

How smart I/O enhances distributed control

Installing smart input/output (I/O) during an upgrade or migration can provide personnel with near-real-time data at their fingertips

By Matt Smith
Courtesy: H-ON Consulting, Control Engineering Europe
Cybersecurity September 21, 2020

System integrators need to comply with international cybersecurity requirements

System integrators need to ensure that their automation systems are IEC 62443-compliant to adhere to international cybersecurity requirements.

By Massimiliano Latini
Cold neutrons uncover atomic dynamics that give thermoelectric materials low-heat conductivity. Shown is the evolution of atomic lattice oscillation waves upon heating the tin sulfide crystal, as measured with neutron scattering. Courtesy: Duke University
Energy, Power September 23, 2020

Atomic dynamics help turn heat into electricity

An atomic mechanism that makes some thermoelectric materials efficient near high-temperature phase transition could help unlock better options for technologies reliant on transforming heat into electricity.

By Ken Kingery
Courtesy: CFE Media and Technology
Business of Engineering September 16, 2020

Eight tips to stand out at a virtual career fair

Making meaningful connections requires planning and research requires a little extra planning and preparation when it comes to a virtual career fair and a slightly different mindset.

By Becca Harrison
Courtesy: Charlotte Evans, Natelson Research Group/Rice University
Electrical September 11, 2020

Electricity generated by temperature differences

Electricity generated by temperature differences doesn’t appear to be affected measurably by grain boundaries placed in its way in nanoscale gold wires.

By Mike Williams
Courtesy: Mark T. Hoske, CFE Media and Technology
System Integration August 8, 2020

How to build a system integration business case for automation, controls

When starting any system integration project, consider four fundamental components to business case development: business needs, situational analysis, recommendation and evaluation to create due diligence for project management.

By Ryan Courtney
The electron microscope image shows the air (darkest gray) sandwiched between the gold backing at the bottom and the semiconductor at the top, supported on gold beams. Credit: Dejiu Fan, Optoelectronic Components and Materials Group, University of Michigan
Energy, Power September 23, 2020

Mirror-like photovoltaics get more electricity out of heat

Heat-harnessing solar cells that reflect 99% of the energy they can’t convert to electricity could help bring down the price of storing renewable energy as heat and improve overall energy efficiency.

By Kate McAlpine