McLean, Va.-Shipments of industrial laser equipment and systems for North America and U.S. exports for 2001's third quarter were down 37% from the year before to $105.2 million, according to a recent report by the Laser System Product Group (LSPG) of the Association for Manufacturing Technology (AMT).
Don't play around with finding automation project help. New guidelines suggest how to select and work with a control system integrator.
Westinghouse Process Control was recently awarded a $1.2 million contract to provide its Ovation control system hardware and project management services to Liaoning Power Bureau (Liaoning, China) in the heavily industrialized region of Manchuria. The Electric Power Research Institute's Northeast China group has been selected to provide software-engineering expertise ...
Michigan City, Ind. -Series Tac pocket tachometer takes non-contact, contact and linear speed measurements. Series Tac allows the user to view the rotating target and the six-digit LCD simultaneously.
Benchmarking and registration programs aim to maximize investments and minimize hassle. One axiom that seems to apply to the control system integrators' (CSI) industry is, "Find a really good integrator and you'll also find a very good businessperson." Conversely, those integrators with weak business skills usually end up providing marginal systems to dissatisfied clients.
F or the second consecutive year, a robot designed by a team of students from Ecole de Technologie Superieure (ETS), a part of the University of Quebec, won the Society of Automotive Engineers ‘Walking Machine Decathlon’ competition in 1999. ‘We’re fortunate to have a great deal of expertise on our team-mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, computer science, and automated production engineering,’ says this year’s team leader, Michel Gendron, a third year mechanical engineering student. ‘It gives us a running start in the competition.’ Nonetheless, the team begins working together a full year before each year’s competition. Early in the cycle, team members may stop at the dedicated shop and work on the project once or twice a week.
As outsourcing increases in popularity, end-users have more choices than ever when implementing a project strategy. Do they use in-house staff, the professional consulting services of the vendor whose products they are using, or a local system integrator to complete the job? Deciding which strategy to implement requires careful analysis of the best scenarios for each.
Plainfield, Conn.— Gems Sensors Inc. has introduced its 3/4 in. and 1 in. RotorFlow RFO Type sensors designed for continuous monitoring of flow rates to 60 gpm. The sensors effectively double the flow rate capability of previous models. Flow ranges span from 2.0-30.0 gpm for 3/4 in. ports, and 4.
At Eli Lilly and Co. (Indianapolis, Ind.), a leader in the development and manufacture of pharmaceutical products, process automation has played a key role for over 20 years. So in 1994 when Lilly's management challenged the manufacturing units to cut unit operating costs by 25% over the next three years, process automation was an acknowledged key element in meeting the challenge.