System Integrators
Ford Motor Company’s 10-year process to modernize its Livonia, Michigan manufacturing plant began with standardizing its controls system. Courtesy: Ford Motor Company
System Integrators April 15, 2019

Taking control of controls

Ford’s 10-year operational evolution started with network standards.

By Bob Vavra
MathWorks Matlab/Simulink environments enable the design and simulation of new applications, such as this hexapod, as well as advanced algorithms that can be used in the machine controller to control the physical hexapod. Courtesy: Beckhoff Automation
System Integrators April 8, 2019

Machine design concepts improve automation and controls simulation

Virtual design tools and automation software intersect to save time and costs in machine commissioning so engineers can spot potential flaws before implementation.

By Daymon Thompson
Planning is key when estimating a systems integration project. Courtesy: MartinCSI
System Integrators April 5, 2019

Ask 11 questions to simplify system integration

Being prepared, having project management structures and processes in place, and building trust with the customer are the most reliable ways to simplify the systems integration process. See eight system integration project management tips.

By Lindsey Kielmeyer
Shown are outdoor tanks and piping for Angel's Envy Distillery, Louisville, Ky. Courtesy: Mark T. Hoske, CFE Media, Control Engineering
System Integrators April 4, 2019

How to evaluate a system integrator for a project

There are many aspects to consider when evaluating a system integrator for a project, and taking the time to ask important questions up front allows a company to reap long-term benefits.

By John Loose
The new method for designing solid-state batteries starts with liquid electrolytes inside the electrochemical cell. Special molecules then initiate polymerization, improving contact between the electrolyte and electrodes. Courtesy: Qing Zhao/Cornell University
System Integrators April 3, 2019

Researchers improve solid-state battery design

Cornell University researchers have advanced the design of solid-state batteries by transforming liquid electrolytes into solid polymers inside the electrochemical cell.

By Chris Vavra
This photo shows a wastewater treatment plant and the anaerobic digesters that exist onsite to process the treatment plant’s sludge and turn it into a usable product—biogas—which can be cleaned to become RNG. Courtesy: Enbridge Gas Distribution Inc.
System Integrators March 26, 2019

Integrating renewable natural gas

Renewable natural gas (RNG) can be used in any existing infrastructure or process that currently uses conventional natural gas.

By Gas Technology
Courtesy: CFE Media
System Integrators March 21, 2019

Steps to take for a successful integration project

A successful system integration project should have clear goals and solve problems that will benefit companies in the short- and long-term, but not every project applies. See tips for when integration does and doesn’t make sense for a project.

By Tyler Whitaker
Companies with a cross-disciplined approach to design and production in controls and automation can qualify for the R&D tax credit, which brings in an estimated $10 billion annually for U.S. businesses, provided that the companies can take advantage of the break. Courtesy: Alliantgroup
System Integrators March 18, 2019

Top 5 Control Engineering articles March 11-17

Articles about the R&D tax credit, easy automation, IIoT software in manufacturing, IEEE 1584-2018, and the Engineers' Choice Awards were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from March 11-17. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
The Cu Grounding Strap from Helukabel is ideal for eliminating EMC interference from ground loop for industrial applications such as the automotive industry and robotics. Courtesy: Helukabel
System Integrators March 11, 2019

Grounding strap for industrial applications

The Cu Grounding Strap from Helukabel is ideal for eliminating EMC interference from ground loop for industrial applications such as the automotive industry and robotics.

By Helukabel
Figure 1: Ultra-compact Industrial PCs (IPCs) can serve simply as add-on gateway devices or also perform machine control in addition to edge computing requirements. Courtesy: Beckhoff Automation
System Integrators March 6, 2019

Hardware capabilities impact edge computing success

Industrial PCs offer a range of processing capabilities, form factors, and certifications that engineers must consider when implementing edge computing strategies in new applications or legacy systems.

By Eric Reiner