System Integration

Awards October 8, 2020

2021 Engineers’ Choice Finalists: Vote now!

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By Amanda Pelliccione
Food packaging processes can include accurate label inspection, although this label here isn’t the application described. Courtesy: Mark T. Hoske, Control Engineering, CFE Media and Technology
System Integration October 1, 2020

Automation helps packaging verification

Machine vision and code readers verify packing label quality. As with many machine vision applications proper set-up and fixturing are needed in this packaging automation system integration project.

By Don McLeod
Researchers led by Shengxi Huang, assistant professor of electrical engineering and biomedical engineering at Penn State, have altered 2D materials to enhance light emission and increase signal strength. Courtesy: Penn State University
Electrical October 29, 2020

Tailoring 2D materials to improve electronic and optical devices

Altering thin 2D materials atomically and physically for applications in many optical and electronic devices allows them to enhance light emission and increase signal strength.

By Sarah Small
A prototype system to provide workplace training using augmented reality is under development at Purdue University with support from the National Science Foundation. Courtesy: Jared Pike, Purdue University
AI and Machine Learning October 30, 2020

How augmented, virtual reality can reduce manufacturing skills gap

A Purdue team has entered a cooperative agreement with the National Science Foundation (NSF) to create an augmented and virtual reality experience prototype called Skill-XR to reduce manufacturing's skills gap.

By Jared Pike
Courtesy: Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
Energy, Power October 8, 2020

Using diamond as a metallic conductor

Normally an insulator, diamond becomes a metallic conductor when subjected to large strain in a theoretical model, which could improve solar cells, quantum sensors, optical devices and more.

By David L. Chandler
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
Courtesy: Schneider Electric
Energy Management October 19, 2020

Your questions answered: Improve industrial facility energy management: a process-based approach

Presenters from the Oct. 13, 2020 webcast “Improve industrial facility energy management: a process-based approach” addressed questions not covered during the live event.

By Ram Kaushik