System Integration
Figure 1. Bypass and configured packages include a replaceable variable frequency drive. Courtesy: Yaskawa
System Integration June 1, 2019

Control Engineering hot topics, May 2019

Control Engineering's most clicked articles in May 2019 included stories about VFDs, safe human-robot interaction, sustainable cybersecurity, object-oriented programming, the Career and Salary Survey, and more. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Mitsubishi Electric Corp. announced its acquisition of Foxborough, Massachusetts-based Iconics Inc., in an opportunity to enhance their automation Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) offerings. Courtesy: Mitsubishi Electric
System Integration May 17, 2019

Mitsubishi Electric acquires Iconics to advance IIoT offerings

Manufacturing, building automation products strengthened by deal, company officials say.

By Bob Vavra
Energy, Power
Rice University graduate student Chloe Doiron co-led a project to create a device that recycles waste heat into electricity through aligned carbon nanotube films. Courtesy: Chloe Doiron/Rice University
Energy, Power July 17, 2019

Researchers develop device that channels heat into light

Rice University scientists are designing arrays of aligned single-wall carbon nanotubes to channel mid-infrared radiation and increase the efficiency of solar energy systems.

By Mike Williams
Workforce Development
Universal Robots is opening authorized training centers (ATCs), which cover a range of core and advanced collaborative robot programming skills. Courtesy: Universal Robots
Workforce Development July 12, 2019

Training centers for collaborative robots launched

Universal Robots is opening authorized training centers (ATCs) to broaden users’ understanding of the collaborative robots' potential applications as well as cover a range of core and advanced collaborative robot programming skills.

By Universal Robots
System Integrators
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 Integrators July 10, 2019

Benefits of digitizing reality for workers in manufacturing

Digitizing reality is now possible for workers thanks to technology advances such as the Internet of Things (IoT). This new reality allows workers to benefit from augmented reality (AR), mixed reality (MR) and virtual reality (VR) to solve old problems in new and better ways.

By Michael D. Thomas
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
Researchers at North Carolina State University have demonstrated a technique called in situ scanning electron microscopy (SEM) heating and loading for extreme environments such as nuclear reactors. Courtesy: North Carolina State University
Energy Efficiency July 16, 2019

Technique developed to allow real-time microscopy at high heat and loading

Researchers at North Carolina State University have demonstrated a technique called in situ scanning electron microscopy (SEM) heating and loading, which allows them to track microscopic changes in metals or other materials in real time in extreme environments such as nuclear reactors.

By Matt Shipman