System Integration

Figure 3: Three eXtended Reality (XR) technologies, such as augmented reality (AR), mixed reality (MR) and virtual reality (VR), and digital twin models can add value to manufacturer applications. Courtesy: Industrial Internet Consortium
System Integration September 1, 2019

Control Engineering hot topics, August 2019

Control Engineering's most clicked articles in August 2019 included stories about managing an engineering career, digitizing reality, evaluating controller options, intelligent decisions with the cloud, and more. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Figure 2: The images compare the evolution of antineutrino spectrum and antineutrino detector response as a function of reactor operational time in a pressurized water reactor and an ultra-long cycle fast reactor. Courtesy: Georgia Institute of Technology
System Integration August 31, 2019

Antineutrino detection could remotely monitor nuclear reactors

Georgia Tech researchers have found antineutrino detectors offer a solution for continuous, real-time verification of what is going on within a nuclear reactor without actually having to be in the reactor core.

By John Toon

Energy, Power

Courtesy: Chris Vavra, CFE Media
Energy, Power September 19, 2019

Material developed to improve insulation for mobile devices, computers

Stanford researchers have found that a few layers of atomically thin materials can provide the same insulation as a sheet of glass, which is 100 times thicker and will improve the compactness of cell phones and computers.

By Tom Abate

Workforce Development

BS Mechanical Engineering, San Francisco State University.
Workforce Development September 12, 2019

2019 Engineering Leader Under 40: Christopher Blackburn, 30

Senior Plant Engineer Henkel Aerospace Bay Point, Calif., BS Mechanical Engineering, San Francisco State University

By McKenzie Burns, Amanda Pelliccione, Mark T. Hoske

System Integrators

The Hot Stove panel at the 2019 CSIA Executive Conference included (left to right) Mark Voigtmann, partner, Faegre Baker Daniels; Nigel James, president, Burrow Global Services; Adrian Fahey, CEO, Sage Automation; and Ray Bachelor, chair, Bachelor Controls. Those involved share experiences no one should repeat, like sitting on a hot stove. Courtesy: Control System Integrators Association
System Integrators September 17, 2019

Improvement by association: engineers collaborate on best practices

At the core of Control System Integrators Association (CSIA) are people willing to share experiences and best practices to help each other succeed with business skills and technologies for control system integration.

By Lisa Richter

Project Management

It’s important to develop a team approach from the start of any integration process to ensure all members of the operation and controls teams have input into the final system. Courtesy: Concept Systems
Project Management December 19, 2018

A method to avoid the madness: Automation experts add productivity

A sound process and a main automation contractor can relieve stress for an integrator. Reduce risk and maximize plant productivity of large system integration projects in three ways.

By Amanda Geldhof

Energy Efficiency

Bacteria laying on a thin layer of quantum dots are probed with a laser. Courtesy: Cornell University
Energy Efficiency September 6, 2019

Interdisciplinary team awarded grant to research bioenergy conversion

Cornell researchers received a $2 million grant to study the combination of inorganic semiconductor nanoparticles and bacterial cells for more efficient bioenergy conversion.

By David Nutt