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System Integrators November 23, 2022

2023 System Integrator of the Year winners

Integrator companies Eosys, NorthWind Technical Services and George T. Hall are recognized for their outstanding achievements.

By CFE Media
System Integrators November 23, 2022

Digital transformation at Gibson, control system integration for chemical, food and beverage

2023 System integrator of the Year, Eosys, excelled in digital transformation, batch control, and other control and automation system project integration, with emphasis on mentoring and continuing education.

By David Lax
System Integrators November 23, 2022

System integration impacts: Feeding children, clean water, recycling

2023 System Integrator of the Year, NorthWind Technical Services, automation and control system integration projects help with feeding school children, delivering clean water, and manufacturing recycled building materials, among others. Related control and automation systems consume less energy, produce less waste, provide for a cleaner and safer environment and produce a better return on customer investments.

By Michael Bosworth
System Integrators November 23, 2022

SCADA upgrade without downtime: Golden project results

2023 System integrator of the Year, George T. Hall, excelled in SCADA, PLC, HMI, panel design and system integration in developing and integrating process controls for a COVID-19 vaccine manufacturer and in a SCADA system for a Nevada gold mine.

By Michael Howard
System Integrators October 7, 2022

Identify, quantify and mitigate risk in industrial operations

Risk identification becomes the critically important first step, the one without which corrective actions cannot be undertaken.

By Randy Otto
System Integrators September 29, 2022

The importance of a process functional ecosystem

The process functional ecosystem consists of a methodology for viewing the different functionalities that are utilized in most production areas.

By Randy Otto
System Integrators June 28, 2022

The future of work is shifting and changing

The CSIA Executive Conference returns for the first time since 2019 with the world grappling with the changes of a pandemic and many other challenges that are changing how people work and interact with others.

By Chris Vavra
System Integrators May 6, 2022

System integrators and the workplace’s future

The 2022 CSIA Executive Conference is themed “The Future of Work" with an emphasis on showing the new normal for workers as it relates to people, location and deliverables.

By Jose M. Rivera
System Integrators May 4, 2022

System integrator conference emphasizes the “future of work”

The Control System Integrators Association (CSIA) has chosen "The Future of Work" as the theme for its June 2022 Executive Conference.

By Control System Integrators Association (CSIA)
System Integrators April 28, 2022

Integrator group provides support, complimentary memberships to Ukrainian members

The Control System Integrators Association (CSIA) Board of Directors awarded complimentary memberships for the years 2022 and 2023 to members of the Association of Industrial Automation of Ukraine.

By Control System Integrators Association (CSIA)
System Integrators March 15, 2022

System integration group announces new members

The Control System Integrators Association (CSIA) welcomed 15 integrator members and eight partner members to their ranks.

By Control System Integrators Association (CSIA)
System Integrators December 20, 2021

Top 5 Control Engineering articles December 13-19, 2021

Articles about the SI Giants, manufacturing and 5G, System Integrators of the Year, no-code cloud and AI vision for manufacturing environments were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from December 13-19, 2021. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
System Integrators December 17, 2021

Choosing a systems integrator to advance automation

A systems integrator should listen, advise and educate a plant's team on how tech will reduce manufacturing costs and improve product quality

By Rao Kolla
System Integrators December 12, 2021

System integrators: Cybersecurity and IT/OT convergence champions

Cybersecurity is becoming a larger focus and priority for system integrators (SI) as the nature of the workforce changes.

By Jack Smith
System Integrators December 9, 2021

System integrator competencies in the age of IT/OT convergence

System integrators (SI) play a critical role in the information technology (IT)/operational technology (OT) convergence journey.

By Yifan Jiang
System Integrators December 8, 2021

Hargrove Controls + Automation is System Integrator of the Year, 2022

Hargrove Controls + Automation is the 2022 System Integrator of the Year for the Mid-Sized Integrator Category. Karen Griffin, vice president of Hargrove Controls + Automation, discussed how her company approaches leadership in an interview with CFE Media.

By CFE Media
System Integrators December 8, 2021

Huffman Engineering is System Integrator of the Year, 2022

Huffman Engineering is the 2022 System Integrator of the Year for the Small System Integrator Category. Huffman Engineering's management team discussed the company’s success and customer relationships with CFE Media.

By CFE Media
System Integrators December 8, 2021

The future of work for system integrators

The future, whether in the office or working remotely, looks bright for system integrators.

By Jose M. Rivera
System Integrators December 6, 2021

2022 System Integrator Giants

The 2022 System Integrator Giants are adapting to the new normal with COVID-19 as new challenges await on the horizon.

By CFE Media
System Integrators December 6, 2021

System integrator rebrands to reflect changes in company culture, focus

PREMIER System Integrators has rebranded its name to EOSYS to reflect their changing focus in terms of company culture and services the company offers.

By EOSYS
System Integrators October 25, 2021

Top 5 Control Engineering articles October 18-24, 2021

Articles about Engineers' Choice finalists, system integrators and cybersecurity, UV light and COVID-19, digitalization and the automation and controls market were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from October 18-24, 2021. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
System Integrators October 12, 2021

System integrators’ role in the OT cybersecurity crisis

Cybersecurity is a challenge for many manufacturers. System integrators can help, but their role is often ill-defined and that needs to change as information technology (IT) and operational technology (OT) continue to merge.

By Robert Fairfax
System Integrators October 8, 2021

Case study: System integrator fixes food processing equipment from 3 OEMs

Automation was needed for a refrigerated line, but customized fabricated equipment from three original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) wasn’t working. Work included simplifying the complexity of disparate systems.

By Jason Weedin and Keith Mandachit
System Integrators September 8, 2021

Unlocking smart manufacturing ROI

A system integrator explains six industrial data requirements for factories of the future using an apple-pie baking example.

By Prabhakar Shetty
System Integrators August 8, 2021

System integrators and serial communication monitoring: Why it matters

System integrators can help improve operational visibility and cybersecurity posture for industrial control systems (ICSs) with serial communications monitoring.

By Robert Fairfax
System Integrators May 10, 2021

System integrators are a good investment

Control System Integrators Association (CSIA) provided benchmarking factors to improve operational and financial performance, as well as recruiting and retention for engineering and technology personnel.

By Mark T. Hoske
System Integrators April 9, 2021

Standardizing the delivery, performance of system integrators

Automation system integrators contractors can provide a central point of coordination and responsibility for all aspects of an automation project.

By Anil Gosine
System Integrators December 13, 2020

How to build a business case

Achieve that go/no-go decision and avoid killing a project before it begins

By Ryan Courtney
System Integrators December 9, 2020

2021 System Integrator of the Year award winners announced

Integrator companies Andritz Automation, Applied Control Engineering and The JDI Group are recognized for their outstanding achievements.

By CFE Media
System Integrators December 9, 2020

Andritz Automation Ltd., System Integrator of the Year, 2021

Andritz Automation is the 2021 System Integrator of the Year for the Large System Integrator Category. Adam Creery, PE, vice president, automation solutions at ANDRITZ Automation discussed his company’s approach in an interview with CFE Media.

By CFE Media
System Integrators November 29, 2020

How to choose a systems integrator

A system integrator can help end users navigate the best path toward a new optimized automation system solution

By Lynn Njaa
System Integrators November 6, 2020

Integrator group announces virtual events for 2021

The Control System Integrators Association (CSIA) is hosting weekly virtual events as a replacement for their executive conference, which is being canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

By Control System Integrators Association (CSIA)
System Integrators March 5, 2020

Intrinsic value of industry standards for end users, system integrators, suppliers

Analysis: While the measure of standards organizations, end users, and suppliers have differed in the past, the future requires collaboration to help standards enhance return on investment for technologies used in factory automation and process automation.

By Thomas J. Burke
System Integrators January 20, 2020

Top 5 Control Engineering articles January 13-19

Articles about the System Integrator Giants, robotics and AI in agriculture, subscription software, system integrator relationships, and advanced process control were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from January 13-19. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
System Integrators January 17, 2020

Control Engineering hot topics, December 2019

Control Engineering's most clicked articles in December 2019 included stories about the System Integrator Giants, SIY winners, Engineers' Choice finalists, automation infrastructure, and more. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
System Integrators January 10, 2020

System integrator helps customer with 3-D printing

Seven answers: 3-D printing and additive manufacturing concepts created differentiation and kept costs down. The project also helped reduce product weight by 20%, and a more ergonomic product with a soft touch grip delivered better market position without compromising on margins.

By Amit Chadha
System Integrators January 9, 2020

Fostering long-term relationships in the system integration industry

It may take more effort to build a long-term relationship, but it pays off in the long run as the customer views the integrator as a trusted advisor and part of the team.

By Ian Burns
System Integrators January 8, 2020

System integrator relationships key to manufacturers’ competitive advantage

There are many reasons why it’s better to have a deeper, strategic partnership with an integrator that goes beyond an individual project; here are a few.

By Greg Young
System Integrators January 7, 2020

Attracting and retaining top talent in the system integration industry

System integrator offers a successful approach to attracting, recruiting, training and retaining excellent engineering talent.

By Mary Bergjans
System Integrators December 23, 2019

Strategies for integrating OEM equipment in water/wastewater projects

System integrators face common challenges with incorporating original equipment manufacturers (OEM) equipment into automation projects, but there are some proven strategies to drive success.

By Stephen Goldsworth
System Integrators December 22, 2019

Bringing innovation and technology to Kentucky Distillers

System integrator gives advice on complying with Class 1, Division 1 as well as how to work with bourbon distillers in Kentucky.

By James Smith
System Integrators December 20, 2019

System integrator upgrades spray dryer controls

Control system upgrade of spray dryer improves product quality and profitability.

By Michael McEnery
System Integrators December 19, 2019

Designing an equipment model

System integrator offers expert advice on designing equipment and procedural batch models.

By John Parraga
System Integrators December 18, 2019

Partnering with Tillamook Creamery

Claiming the role of the system integrator in the digital transformation.

By Michael Gurney
System Integrators December 17, 2019

Short timeline for automation infrastructure

System integrator assembled a diverse collection of technologies to meet an aggressive schedule.

By Jim Meyers
System Integrators December 16, 2019

System integrator expands brewery can line

Wicked Weed Brewing increased production by a factor of five.

By Eric Casciaro
System Integrators December 14, 2019

System integrator partners with Rockline Industries to increases OEE

Each of five manufacturing cells have demonstrated an OEE increase of more than 20% compared to the prior system implementation

By Robbie Kerfoot
System Integrators December 9, 2019

2020 System Integrator Giants

The overall gross revenue for the top 100 system integrators and their parent companies topped $26.4 billion as most businesses saw growth.

By Jack Smith
System Integrators December 9, 2019

System integrators at their best

The December issue of AppliedAutomation focuses on system integrators (SIs) providing quality work to their customers.

By Jack Smith
System Integrators November 27, 2019

System integrator upgrades complex batch system

Canadian food & beverage company, Grober Nutrition, expanded to the U.S. with the help of Optimation Technology Inc., and keeps growing.

By Jennifer Palumbo
System Integrators November 10, 2019

Great engineering includes more than engineering

Integrator Update: Is that really an apples-to-apples quote comparison? System integration firms have audits based on best practices and benchmarks to ensure business and professional services are at the highest level. A 25-year-old association for education and information sharing helps.

By Stephen M. Goldberg
System Integrators October 8, 2019

Packaging system integration advice

A vegetable processor packaging project included integration of weighers, baggers, robotic case loaders, case formers and closers, robotic palletizing and conveyors. Packaging, records and raw materials were updated and automated across eight sites. Seven bakery lines converge in one packaging area that fills 20 cases per minute.

By Mark T. Hoske
System Integrators October 8, 2019

Packaging system integration advice from NCC Automated Systems

Case study: A vegetable processor packaging project included integration of weighers, baggers, robotic case loaders, case formers and closers, robotic palletizing and conveyors. Changeovers happen regularly.

By Kevin Mauger
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
System Integrators June 5, 2019

System integrators use specialized skills for complex vision applications

System integrators across the industry are fielding more requests to develop complete and detailed systems, which require them to stay ahead of a fast-moving curve.

By Winn Hardin
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
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
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
System Integrators January 8, 2019

Engineer lights up the town

Caleb Otto used his engineering background and love of holiday tradition to set up a musical light display at his family home.

By McKenzie Burns
System Integrators November 17, 2018

How integrators are staying ahead of machine and embedded vision trends

There are many innovations available for integrators to choose from as machine and embedded vision technology continues to evolve.

By AIA
System Integrators November 21, 2017

System Integrator Corporate Close-Ups: Adaptive Resources

We apply domain knowledge and fundamental science to minimize variance and maximize results.

System Integrators December 14, 2016

Integro Technologies, Salisbury, N.C.

Integro Technologies is the 2017 System Integrator of the Year for the Mid-Sized System Integrator Technology. President and CEO Shawn Campion and CFO Tom Campion share some of their success stories and advice.

By CFE Media
System Integrators December 14, 2016

Panacea Technologies, Montgomeryville, Pa.

Panacea Technologies is the 2017 System Integrator of the Year for the Small System Integrator Technology. Vice president Abhijit Jog shares some of the company's success stories and advice.

By CFE Media
System Integrators December 14, 2016

How to find the right recipe for successful system integration solutions

The success of a bourbon plant's system integration requires a smooth combination of controls and information.

By Bob Vavra, content manager, CFE Media
System Integrators November 26, 2016

HMI PLCs for small- and medium-sized machines

Turck's TX500 human-machine interface (HMI) programmable logic controllers (PLCs) are designed for machines whose processes have to be controlled, displayed and operated locally.

By Turck
System Integrators October 18, 2016

Controlling the Smart Grid

Think again about electricity flow: How is the U.S. Grid Modernization Initiative progressing? Read eight things you should know about controlling the flow of electricity on the Smart Grid and why. Monitoring and control are at the core.

By Mark T. Hoske
System Integrators October 13, 2016

EC: EFC3610 Frequency Converter (VFD)

Motion Control — Drives, motor control centers: The EFC3610 frequency converter is a variable frequency drive that can be integrated into many types of applications and machines as compact units for speed and torque control. This is a Control Engineering 2017 Engineers’ Choice Awards Finalist.

System Integrators October 10, 2016

Top 5 Control Engineering articles October 3-9: PID velocity, VFD software advantages, SIF validation, more

Articles about PID velocity, VFD software advantages, SIF validation procedures, process control simulation, and a system integrator acquisition were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from October 3-9. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
System Integrators September 24, 2016

Advice on implementing and controlling VFDs for large boiler motors

Variable frequency drives (VFDs) have become ubiquitous in manufacturing, and there are many aspects to consider when implementing and controlling them for large boiler motors.

By Chris Hardy, Cross Company
System Integrators September 12, 2016

How Anchor Glass improved plant and energy efficiencies with a modern DCS

System integrator Stone Technologies addresses data management and energy savings, higher quality, and easier changeovers with a modern distributed control system (DCS) for a glass bottle manufacturer that monitors more than 1,000 data tags and 2,600 detailed and manageable alarms. Overall energy savings from an upgrade project is more than $1.1 million annually; about 15%, or more than $165,000, is due to tighter temperature controls.

By Jeffrey Warning
System Integrators July 19, 2016

Series of dc contactors for protecting electrical circuits

Thomas & Betts' Jennings JEV250, JEV400 and JEVB500 series of dc contactors are designed to extend mechanical and electrical life and are designed to protect the electrical circuit whether it is charging or discharging.

By Thomas & Betts
System Integrators July 17, 2016

Using integration standards in smart manufacturing

Smart manufacturing is not very smart if it doesn't use communication and integration standards to connect equipment, people and processes in the manufacturing enterprise.

By Conrad Leiva
System Integrators July 6, 2016

Integrating multiple control systems

Control system integration: Very few plants have one monolithic controller running everything. Instead, many have subsystems which need to be interconnected for maximum effectiveness.

By Tim Gellner
System Integrators June 21, 2016

Simple tips for project estimating

For successful automation projects, lean on subject matter experts and historical data to develop the most accurate project estimate possible.

By Jason Montroy, Maverick Technologies
System Integrators June 19, 2016

Contact amplifier for automation and industrial process control applications

Mantracourt's LCD20 load cell DIN rail signal amplifier has standard analog outputs of 4 to 20mA and 0 to 10 V with two digital inputs and has a specification to match most load cells, pressure or strain gauges.

By Mantracourt
System Integrators June 12, 2016

Symmetrical motor and drive cable

The Lapp Group's Ölflex variable frequency drive (VFD) 2XL symmetrical motor and drive cable is designed for high horsepower applications such as pumps, compressors, conveyors, elevators, and extruders.

By The Lapp Group
System Integrators June 11, 2016

Motion controller for EtherCAT applications

Galil Motion Control's DMC-52xx0 EtherCAT master is a 32-axis motion controller designed with the ability to control up to 32 drives and two input/output (I/O) modules and is designed to solve complex motion problems.

By Galil Motion Control
System Integrators June 2, 2016

Group launches award for smart manufacturing examples

Manufacturing Enterprise Solutions Association (MESA) International seeks examples about making manufacturing smarter, highlighted in its Smart Story Awards.

By MESA International
System Integrators May 27, 2016

Magnetic-drive regenerative blowers for boosting natural gas pressure

Ametek Dynamic Fluid Solutions' (DFS) Rotron MD101 magnetic-drive regenerative blowers are designed to boost natural gas pressure for a wide range of manufacturing operations as well as gas, vapor, and fume recovery and solid material transport.

By Ametek Dynamic Fluid Solutions
System Integrators May 5, 2016

Data analytics for manufacturing business

Interview with Jagannath Rao, President at Siemens Customer Services Division, at Hannover Messe.

By Siemens
System Integrators May 4, 2016

Legal plan for members of system integration group

The Control System Integrators Association (CSIA) announced that every CSIA member, beginning April 1, 2016, was automatically enrolled in a new program, the CSIA|Legal Plan, which allows members to have access to legal advice if needed.

By CSIA
System Integrators May 3, 2016

Modern control valves offer communications, diagnostics

Better designs, modern materials, on-board intelligence, and communications in modern pneumatic control valves create opportunities and benefits for machine designers but also create new challenges that need to be addressed. Safe, efficient pneumatic automation systems increase machine performance and operational reliability, reducing compressed air costs by almost half, in one example.

By Sean O'Grady
System Integrators April 19, 2016

Integrated Drive Systems

Maximize performance and simplify the process. Shift your perspective with solutions from a single-source.

By Siemens
System Integrators March 17, 2016

Funding for energy-efficient electric motor programs

The Energy Department announced up to $25 million in available funding aimed at advancing technologies to increase the efficiency of electric motors.

By U.S. Department of Energy
System Integrators February 16, 2016

Nine things to consider when specifying a servo system

Cover story: This tutorial will help with selecting a servo system that will perform at the optimal level for the selected application. Ensure these areas are addressed.

By Jerry Tyson and Michael Miller
System Integrators January 26, 2016

Modular switch range for complex industrial applications

EAO's Series 61 are modular switch ranges designed for applications with high temperature variations or mechanically demanding environments.

By EAO
System Integrators January 1, 2016

When moisture matters

Inside Process: Learn why moisture content can affect the quality and cost of the final product and how a near infrared moisture meter can help.

By Brendan Quigley
System Integrators December 28, 2015

Top 5 Control Engineering articles, December 21-27: Engineers’ Choice finalists, deploying smart HMIs, System Integrator Giants, more

Articles about the Engineers' Choice finalists, deploying smart HMIs, the 2015 System Integrator Giants, and fixing PID were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from December 21-27. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
System Integrators December 12, 2015

Variable frequency drives increasing efficiency

Ask Control Engineering: How can variable speed drives increase efficiency? Links to resources on variable speed drives are provided below.

By Chris Vavra
System Integrators December 10, 2015

System Integrators of the Year: The future is today for 2016 winners

The System Integrators of the Year combine technology with a customer-centric approach. See roundtable video discussion.

By Bob Vavra, Content Manager, CFE Media
System Integrators December 10, 2015

At a time of transformation, CSIA helps members thrive

SI companies will have to adapt to the new realities of higher IT content, an increasing practice of code-sharing, and the use of public domain components-and move to a subscription-based delivery business model to ensure survival and leverage this great opportunity for years to come.

By Jose M. Rivera, CEO, Control System Integrators Association
System Integrators December 6, 2015

Precision positioning systems for optimized performance in ultra-high vacuums

Sophisticated, vacuum-compatible motion devices are increasingly being used by product designers and incorporated into a widening range of ultra-high vacuum applications. Now, the latest vacuum-compatible motion control devices deliver an even broader product development capability for OEM designers of ultra-high vacuum systems.

By Scott Jordan and Stefan Vorndran
System Integrators November 6, 2015

Water, raw aluminum produce steam, hydrogen, alumina

All subsystems of a technology innovation project called Enerclean are communicating through the centralized supervision system, and all are connected via OPC Unified Architecture. The project is still in the experimental stage, but the conditions for its industrialization are very good.

By Daniele Suffritti
System Integrators October 5, 2015

Current motor starting methods: Advantages and disadvantages

Inside Machines: In low- and medium-voltages, three-phase induction motors are the most widely used, due to availability, simplicity, robustness, and low cost. Starting and stopping “industrial-standard motors” and other operations present great challenges for many companies. Companies can handle these challenges depending on specific conditions.

By Andreas Fornwald
System Integrators September 29, 2015

Driving greater efficiency through a variable speed future

Adding a variable frequency drive (VFD) is easier than it used to be. Because of the high power factor and efficiency of permanent magnet (PM) motors, it is important to select a VFD based on the motor horsepower, not on motor current.

By Sean Gaffney
System Integrators August 20, 2015

Standard for industrial control panel builders changing

UL 508 is being phased out and replaced by UL 60947-4, which is designed to harmonize international standards by UL, the Canadian Standards Association, and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) in Europe.

By Tom Fowler
System Integrators August 13, 2015

Power module for high voltage dc applications

The TDK-Lambda PH-A280 series of dc-dc power modules by TDK Corp. feature high voltage dc input that operates from a wide range dc input of 200 to 425 V dc. Used in high voltage dc current (HVDC) applications, the PH-A280 range now includes 3.3 V, 15 V and 28 V outputs.

By TDK Corporation
System Integrators June 15, 2015

Current, former CEOs of CSIA working on new initiatives for organization

José M. Rivera and Robert Lowe, the current and former CEOs of the Control System Integrators Association, respectively, have taken on their new roles with the organization with enthusiasm over the last few months.

By CSIA
System Integrators June 12, 2015

Explore controls up front to improve profits

Exploring and defining desirable controls early in a project cycle, more time is afforded to take advantage of creative ideas, thereby enhancing both productivity and profitability while reducing potential for errors that could jeopardize both. Controls are critical to any project in six main ways.

By Mark Goldstein, Rich Ryland
System Integrators June 11, 2015

Four tips on automation and control integration

Think Again: Spend money on the right things, hire the right people, develop a common infrastructure, be nimble or die: these were among best bits of advice from the 2015 CSIA Executive Conference. See related video: "Redesign processes first, then apply automation to solve problems."

By Mark T. Hoske
System Integrators May 28, 2015

Railroad axle manufacturing retrofit

Remanufacturing and updating a three-stage lathe was more beneficial than purchasing a new modern machine. Everything was already in place; it just needed updated drives, and hydraulic systems.

By John Meyer
System Integrators May 16, 2015

CANopen safeguards: Mapping process data objects

CANopen is a communication protocol and device profile specification for embedded systems used in automation that includes mechanisms to secure signal integrity. This part 2 of 2 discusses process data objects mapping and how the CANOpen protocol allows for fewer errors in traditional analog instrumentation. Part 1 is a Digital Edition Exclusive in the Control Engineering May 2015 issue, and is linked below.

By Dr. Heikki Saha
System Integrators May 12, 2015

Designing control: Smart sensors and data acquisition

Smart sensors enable accurate, efficient, and expansive data collection. Smart sensing solutions can preserve signal integrity in harsh industrial environments and give customers quick and easy solutions for test and measurement and other big data applications.

By John Lehman
System Integrators May 5, 2015

How to cycle three or more pumps and fans

Cycling motors on and off could be a way to meet demand; minimize starts, stops, and run time; and equalize run time between motors using a scheme.

By Chris Hardy, Cross Company Integrated Systems Group
System Integrators March 27, 2015

Finding system integrators for machinery, system projects

When mapping out a new machinery or system project it is critical that the correct decisions are made before beginning design. The choices of products, vendors and service providers can make or break a project before it even gets off the ground.

By Frank Lamb, Automation Primer
System Integrators March 24, 2015

Why team communications fail

Communications issues between team members or customers delay projects and increase frustration levels. See tips on how to address popular miscommunications and avoid them in the future.

By Bruce Brandt
System Integrators March 19, 2015

System integrator recognized for business performance in Canada

Callisto Integration was named one of Canada's Best Managed Companies in 2014 for excellence in business performance.

By Callisto Integration
System Integrators March 18, 2015

CSIA names José Rivera as organization’s CEO

José M. Rivera has accepted the position of CEO for the Control System Integrators Association (CSIA) and will assume the role starting March 23. He was selected after a task force composed of five system integrators that went through a wide search by a task force composed of five system integrators. He has previously worked for Schneider Electric, Emerson Electric, and Siemens.

By CSIA
System Integrators March 17, 2015

Automation resource taxation

Today’s engineers are faced with having to keep up on new technologies as well as maintaining older systems, and oftentimes integrating the two. See three examples on automation resource taxation.

By Art Howell
System Integrators March 17, 2015

Controls retrofit boosts printing production for packaging manufacturer

To re-establish a laminator’s typical production rates, a company chose to complete a partial retrofit of the controls technology on the machine, which is an adjunct system to the main press. New controls added an estimated 10 years to machine lifespan, avoided $70,000 in parts costs, and increased output by 75%, among other benefits. This is part of the Control Engineering March 2015 cover story.

By Naser Suleiman and Paul Szeflinski
System Integrators March 13, 2015

CSIA adds six companies to organization

The Control System Integrators Association added five companies from five different countries as well as a new partner member to their organization.

By CSIA
System Integrators March 10, 2015

The pros and cons of using a virtualized machine

A virtualized machine can be a great help in maintaining a system, but the pros and cons of using one should always be taken into consideration.

By David Ward, Cross Company
System Integrators March 6, 2015

CSIA membership continuing sustained growth

The Control System Integrators Association (CSIA) reported a five-year period of sustained membership; worldwide membership has doubled for the association in that timespan.

By CSIA
System Integrators March 3, 2015

Advanced regulatory versus model-predictive control

Some currently practicing control engineers may be regarding the features and capabilities of advanced regulatory control (ARC) as inferior to model-predictive control (MPC)—but are they really?

By Jim Ford
System Integrators February 5, 2015

CSIA adds 6 control system integrators to organization

The Control System Integrators Association (CSIA) added six companies and five partner members from five countries to the organization.

By CSIA
System Integrators February 3, 2015

6 version control best practices

Team projects require shared documents and programs, but poor version control can slow progression. See six best practices for version control.

By Tyler Bullock
System Integrators January 27, 2015

Control system documentation: Don’t trust, field verify

When referring to control systems, the only things that engineers can rely on are what is in the field and the live configuration running in a controller.

By Jay Griffin
System Integrators January 23, 2015

Model-based design of CANopen systems: mechatronics

Technology Update: Co-existing, multiple disciplines for mechatronic system design hinder the use of software-oriented modeling principles, such as UML, but modern tools may be integrated into a working tool chain. (Part 1 of 2)

By Dr. Heikki Saha
System Integrators January 21, 2015

Advanced PLC for machine control applications

ABB's AC500 PM595 is a PLC designed to handle demanding machinery and motion automation control and communication tasks. like maintenance-free controllers in harsh conditions to safety-critical applications in equipment.

By ABB
System Integrators January 20, 2015

Agile manifesto: Engineering, procurement, construction firm vs. systems integrator

The agility described in the “Manifesto for Agile Software Development” has clear advantages, but what does it mean for production facility automation?

By Scott Hayes
System Integrators January 8, 2015

Global Automation and Manufacturing Summit held in China

The summit was held along with the 2014 Product of the Year Award, Engineers' Choice Award, and Control Engineering China's System Integrator Giants in Shanghai. The event also marked Control Engineering’s 60th anniversary. Also see: Global chemical industry needs integrated engineering.

By CFE Media
System Integrators December 18, 2014

From soup to nuts and bolts: Elements of successful system integration

Technology has changed, but the dynamic of a successful system integration (SI) project should be as easy as mixing chicken and noodles. How? Be receptive to new technologies, develop and share system integration goals, and use standards and controls to help operations, and transform data into information.

By Bob Vavra, Content Manager, CFE Media
System Integrators December 16, 2014

Power connectors with RFID-equipped housings

Harting's Han HPR heavy duty power connector lineup includes UHF RFID-equipped housings that allows users to track data in demanding environments and wet areas or where sensitive interconnections have to be shielded.

By Harting
System Integrators December 16, 2014

Assembling a start-up team for success

Most traditional startup teams are composed of process engineers, controls engineers, electricians, and mechanists—but don't forget to consider plant personnel, too.

By Ryan Harris
System Integrators December 12, 2014

Top 5 Control Engineering articles, November 11 to December 11: Tuning PID loops, improved beer through automation, smart devices, more

Articles about tuning PID loops, improved beer through automation, manually configuring smart devices, the 2015 System Integrators of the Year, and ladder logic were Control Engineering’s top 5 reader favorites from November 11 to December 11. You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
System Integrators December 10, 2014

System Integrator of the Year: Malisko Engineering

Malisko Engineering is the 2015 System Integrator of the Year in the small system integrator category.

By CFE Media
System Integrators December 10, 2014

System Integrator of the Year judges

Eight judges were involved in selecting the 2015 System Integrator of the Year winners.

By CFE Media
System Integrators December 10, 2014

2015 System Integrators of the Year

Maverick, Polytron and Malisko Engineering help lead clients into the new world of automation. CFE Media's judges have again chosen three companies to receive the 2015 System Integrator of the Year award in three categories: more than $17 million in annual revenue, $10 million to $17 million annual revenue, and up to $10 million annual revenue.

By Vance VanDoren, PhD, PE
System Integrators December 4, 2014

CSIA adds 9 companies to organization

The Control System Integrators Association (CSIA) has added nine companies and another company joined as a partner member.

By CSIA
System Integrators December 2, 2014

Fundamentals of integrating vs. self-regulating processes

Sometimes a process is easier to control if it “leaks.” Here’s a look at why.

By Vance VanDoren, PhD, PE
System Integrators October 21, 2014

Avoid the pitfalls of ‘reuse’ on your automation project

When used appropriately, reuse can dramatically reduce the upfront engineering time and cost for a new project.

By Jason Montroy
System Integrators October 17, 2014

Predictive maintenance leverages data to revolutionize operations

Technology Update: It is crucial to act on insights to yield the full benefits of data-enabled predictive maintenance. Plant data is a largely untapped but powerful tool that facility managers can leverage to implement a highly efficient maintenance regime across their plant, from an individual machine to an entire facility.

By Andy Roxburgh
System Integrators October 7, 2014

Electrical power measurement on 3-phase motors

Testing drive-and-motor systems is a three-step process.

By Bill Gatheridge
System Integrators September 29, 2014

Companies collaborate on factory automation systems

Intel Corp. and Mitsubishi Electric Corp. announced a collaboration to develop next-generation factory automation (FA) systems designed to improve productivity and decision-making on the plant floor.

By CFE Media
System Integrators September 22, 2014

Evolution of system integrator programs

Automation company programs help system integrators access technologies and expertise. Bachelor Controls Inc., a Solution Partner in the Rockwell Automation PartnerNetwork program, designed and delivered a solution to get a new King’s Hawaiian plant up and running in 10 months.

By Mark Moriarty
System Integrators September 11, 2014

Stainless molded connectors with IP67 rating

Omega’s PR-22 probes with M12 molded connectors can be used with compression fittings, spring loaded fittings and thermowells and are IP67-rated, which allows them to be used in measured automated processes.

System Integrators September 9, 2014

Thermal mass flow measurement in compressed air applications

Compressed air is very common in all industrial facilities and there has been a major push to identify machine and plant air leaks in an attempt to reduce power costs.

By Jim Bowser
System Integrators August 26, 2014

Enhancing piping, instrumentation diagrams to fit your needs

Process overview documents don’t always include everything you may need for a project, so don’t be afraid to add your own grubby little sketches.

By MayAnn Stroup
System Integrators August 18, 2014

CSIA adds four companies to organization

The Control System Integrators Association (CSIA) certified two companies and four companies from three countries also joined the organization.

By Control System Integrators Association
System Integrators August 11, 2014

6 Steps to Designing a Flexible Control System with ISA-88

Having the guidelines of ISA-88 hierarchy and equipment structure, how can this basis be used to make a flexible design? The answer is very simple: by following the ISA-88 strategy and isolating the Equipment Module (EM) functions into simple and finite processes that encompass all of the possible operating criteria.

By Robbie Peoples
System Integrators August 8, 2014

Modular wiring solution for process automation

Turck's modular powerfast cordsets and accessories enable flexible design and modification in process automation applications.

System Integrators August 6, 2014

Advanced PID Loop Tuning Methods

Some PID loops cannot be satisfactorily tuned by adjusting the three primary constants. When combined with good basic tuning, advanced methods can improve stability, responsiveness, and limit overshooting.

By Chris Hardy, Cross Company Integrated Systems Group
System Integrators August 6, 2014

Single and 3-sphere AC power modules

Siemens' PM240-2 230v single and 3-phase AC power modules are designed for Sinamics G120 drives.

System Integrators July 16, 2014

Load sharing power supply adds reliability

Product Exclusive: Dataforth’s MAQ20 Industrial Data Acquisition & Control System offers an accessory Load Share Power Supply Module to ensure users’ power supply requirements are met. The MAQ20 system has DIN rail mounted, programmable, multi-channel, signal conditioning input and output modules and communications modules. System power is connected to the communications module and powers the I/O modules.

System Integrators July 7, 2014

CSIA certifies first company from Africa

The Control System Integrators Association (CSIA) announced that GIL Automation from Nigeria is the first member in Africa to become CSIA certified. In addition, 12 system integrator companies from six countries have joined the group.

By Control System Integrators Association
System Integrators May 23, 2014

Borrow, invest, expand, grow: Advice for system integrators

Manufacturing economics: System integrators should borrow until it hurts, invest in good employees and systems, and use this time of prosperity to expand, advised Alan Beaulieu, president, Institute for Trend Research, at the CSIA Executive Conference in April in San Diego.

By Mark T. Hoske
System Integrators April 23, 2014

CSIA adds 20 companies from 12 countries

The Control System Integrators Association (CSIA) welcomed 20 companies to the organization from 12 countries as well as 13 new partner members.

By Control System Integrators Association
System Integrators April 17, 2014

Finding system integration resources

System integration is very common in automation, and there are plenty of resources out there.

By Jack Smith
System Integrators April 1, 2014

New ideas for quality management: Part 4

Laboratory information management systems are ideal for facilities that are looking to improve overall lab performance. Does LIMS make sense for you?

By John Clemons
System Integrators March 20, 2014

6 reasons why system integration is not a commodity

Integrator Update: Reduce risk and improve results by not treating automation and control system integration as a commodity; six reasons follow explaining why system integration shouldn’t be treated as a commodity.

By Robert Lowe
System Integrators February 20, 2014

Can and should vendors fill the engineering gap?

Suffering a technical brain drain? Here are five specific ways customers can get effective help from vendors and distributors.

By Gary Kirckof
System Integrators February 17, 2014

DC power supplies

The 787 Epsitron ECO power supplies have three Ex approvals and feature DIN rail mount metal housing and monitoring with two LEDs for status indication.

System Integrators January 7, 2014

DIN rail power supplies for low power applications

The TDK-Lambda DRB series of DIN rail power supplies by TDK Corporation are designed for industrial, building automation, and process control applications that require low power.

System Integrators January 6, 2014

Ametek acquires test and measurement manufacturer

Ametek has acquired the Teseq Group, a Swiss-based test and measurement instrumentation manufacturer, for $92 million.

By Ametek Inc
System Integrators December 17, 2013

Outlook is positive for system integrators, CSIA

Automation Integrator Guide Improved demand, fewer project delays, and a more positive outlook for 2014 are what members of the Control System Integrators Association (CSIA) surveyed by JP Morgan in October expected, with 80% of respondents expecting revenue growth in the next 12 months.

By Bob Lowe, Lynda J. Patterson, FASAE, CAE
System Integrators December 12, 2013

Koch Industries completes Molex acquisition

Koch Industries, Inc. has completed their $7.2 billion acquisition of Molex, which will be an indirect wholly-owned subsidiary of Koch Industries.

By Control Engineering
System Integrators December 4, 2013

CSIA adds 10 companies from 4 countries

The Control System Integrators Association (CSIA) welcomed ten new companies to the organization from four different countries as well as two new partner members.

By Control System Integrators Association
System Integrators December 3, 2013

Penny wise and pound foolish

A few appropriate costs early in a project can create major savings down the road and avoid a whole lot of aggravation in the process.

By Bruce Brandt
System Integrators November 23, 2013

Actuator sensor interface modules

Molex's Brad SST Actuator Sensor Interface (AS-i) modules are designed provide an open fieldbus solution between the PLC backplane and field I/O devices such as actuators, sensors, and encoders.

System Integrators November 21, 2013

RFID transponder for large-scale deployments

The VT92 radio frequency identification (RFID) transponder by Harting has a read range of 5 m and has an IP69K housing that make it useful for extreme conditions in automation and medical applications.

System Integrators November 18, 2013

Science, it just works

Some operational myths seem to live on even in the face of evidence to the contrary. How many of them are changing the way you work?

By Bruce Brandt
System Integrators November 4, 2013

Create value through software reuse

Value of software standards was among automation system integration topics discussed by Callisto Integration at a recent software conference. Video is 3:08 minutes.

By Callisto Integration
System Integrators October 31, 2013

Multi-LED pushbutton switch

Electro-Mech’s SW44925 multi-LED pushbutton switch assembly is capable of display configurations in full, split, or quad segments and is rated to IP64 protection standards.

System Integrators October 23, 2013

CSIA adds 12 new members from 4 countries

The Control System Integrators Association welcomed 12 companies to the organization from four countries.

By Control System Integrators Association
System Integrators October 21, 2013

PID math demystified, part 3: More on derivative control

Consider how a PD controller would work, without an integral function. Would you ever want to use that approach?

By Scott Hayes
System Integrators October 3, 2013

Engineering packaging services

Jedson Engineering, in the Pack Expo Processing Zone pavilion, discussed how the full-service engineering, design, procurement, and construction management company provides services specific to the packaging industry. Engineers there specialize in the development, design, and integration of high-speed, automatic packaging equipment.

System Integrators September 25, 2013

CSIA member news: Sept. 17

The Control System Integrators Association welcomes companies to association, recognizes recertified firms.

By Control System Integrators Association
System Integrators September 10, 2013

SAIC Inc. announces split into SAIC and Leidos to better target services

SAIC Inc.'s board of directors approved spin-off of its services business into Leidos Holdings in a stock and cash transaction, to be finalized Sept. 27. Leidos is to become a new system integration firm. SAIC is a two-time winner of the System Integrator of the Year Award and ranked 16 in the System Integrator Giants listing from Control Engineering.

By SAIC Inc
System Integrators August 19, 2013

Managing chaos

When too many alarms turn our control rooms chaotic, the problem is often of our own making, but so is the solution. Here are practical tips on launching an alarm management program.

By Bruce Brandt
System Integrators August 2, 2013

CSIA announces new members

The Control System Integartors Association announced companies that have joined the association or have become certified or recertified.

By Control System Integrators Association (CSIA)
System Integrators July 25, 2013

Metric ring terminals

Molex's metric ring terminals are designed for universal use with metric-size studs in the industrial, automotive, and consumer industries and have tin-plating to prevent oxidation.

System Integrators July 22, 2013

Unsealed connector system for electronics

The MX150 unsealed connector system by Molex is designed for limited space applications and achieves space-savings over traditional USCAR interfaces and optimum performance for mid-power harness applications.

System Integrators July 17, 2013

Closed current switch series have low fixed trip point

The CR9400 Series and CR9480 Series of Normally Closed Current Switches by CR Magnetics have a low fixed trip point and are fully isolated and self-powered.

System Integrators July 10, 2013

Fixed dome HD IP camera

Moxa's VPort P26A-1MP-T is a fixed dome HD IP camera with EMI and surge protection designed for harsh, outdoor environments.

System Integrators July 9, 2013

Molex celebrates 75th anniversary

Molex's 75th anniversary highlights its continuing diversity globally as the company continues to develop technologies in communications, electronics, automotive, and aerospace engineering.

By Molex Incorporated
System Integrators July 3, 2013

Washdown connectors for harsh conditions, cordsets

Belden's Lumberg Automation brand wash-down connectors are optionally available as single-ended or double-ended actuator/sensor cord sets and are resistant to chemicals and cleaning agents.

System Integrators June 24, 2013

Customer demands push distributors past products

Distributors offer a wide range of services in response to customers’ changing needs. See customer advantages and distributor checklist.

By Neal Cronin
System Integrators June 24, 2013

Machine safety: NRTL certified convergence of machine control and the safety-related parts combined

Does a Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory (NTRL) certify machine control systems? OSHA has identified 15 organizations qualified to test and certify products for use in safety applications for the U.S. work force. There's a link between machine safety and productivity.

By JB Titus
System Integrators June 22, 2013

Service offerings expand from automation distributors

Today’s automation distributors offer more than warehouses full of the latest gadgets, providing a diversity of services to ease buying, installation, start-up, and more.

By Vance VanDoren, PhD, PE, Frank Hurtte, Todd Carswell
System Integrators June 17, 2013

21 legal takeaways for the automation industry

Legalities: Automation projects are like construction projects, know your project delivery method, and standard contracts don’t work are the first three of 21 points of advice.

By Mark Voigtmann
System Integrators June 17, 2013

Machine Safety: For a safe machine, I’ll just install a small safety PLC

To mitigate a machine hazard, might it work to install one small safety PLC, then slave the other distributed standard PLCs to the safety PLC? Would that avoid the need for a risk assessment for the whole machine and create compliance? The answer is no. At least seven steps follow a risk assessment.

By JB Titus
System Integrators June 12, 2013

A more systematic approach to energy efficiency

Siemens suggests that efforts to improve efficiency need to examine complete drive systems from one end to the other. Improving just the motor may not yield the largest improvements. Video: Siemens’ Michael Young offers an overview of the systematic approach.

System Integrators June 11, 2013

Packaging company saves thousands on vacuum system costs

Inside Machines: Energy audits estimate at least 25% reduction in annual operating costs for bag-making machines after adding motor drives and a new monitoring system.

By Charles Landry
System Integrators June 6, 2013

Will your automation business survive, thrive?

Accounting for engineers: Beyond engineering, system integrators and other automation and controls companies rely on non-operational skills, like finance, to stay afloat. Accounting can be obtuse, and a mid-market business can sink—unseen—into insolvency, without attention to key metrics, said Nick Setchell, CEO, Practice Strategies, at the CSIA 2013 Executive Conference. Video gives more advice.

By Mark T. Hoske
System Integrators June 6, 2013

Products used in high-speed wireless control and monitoring for carts

At a Johnson Controls automotive supply plant, industrial wireless communications from ProSoft Technology decreases downtime by 50% in a mobile cart application.

By Victor Garcia
System Integrators June 6, 2013

High-speed wireless control and monitoring for carts

At a Johnson Controls automotive supply plant, industrial wireless communications prevent wire breaks and decrease downtime by 50% in a mobile cart application.

By Victor Garcia
System Integrators June 4, 2013

CSIA adds new members

The Control System Integrators Association (CSIA) added 13 integrator members from three different continents and six different countries.

By Control System Integrators Association
System Integrators May 31, 2013

Powering reliable entertainment

Mission-critical entertainment may seem like a misnomer, until considering that commercial time for some venues exceeds $1 million per minute, meeting or exceeding downtime costs for many major manufacturing sites.

By Greg Hookings
System Integrators May 31, 2013

Products powering reliable equipment

Mission-critical entertainment includes products from Mitsubishi, such as Mitsubishi Q00J CPU, Q62DAN Analog Module, QX80 Input Module, QY10 Output Module, Modbus Master, and GT16 HMI.

By Greg Hookings
System Integrators May 24, 2013

Industrial networking: One network for full enterprise connectivity

Industrial networking goes beyond connecting the back office to the plant floor. Today’s networking technology delivers fast, secure, and reliable data transfer factory-wide, so users can proactively improve efficiency and productivity.

By Karie Daudt
System Integrators May 20, 2013

Company expands Colorado headquarters

Freewave Technologies has moved to its new corporate headquarters in Boulder, Colorado, to help expand its operations.

By Freewave Technologies
System Integrators May 14, 2013

Tear down the walls, literally

Walls in work areas can hurt direct and indirect communications for dynamic, fast-paced teams and projects. Without a wall, lift your head, get an answer, and return to work.

By Callisto Integration
System Integrators May 10, 2013

Machine vision speed, quality, innovation

Advanced applications for machine vision in automotive, robotics, quality, and safety use hybrid technologies, vision for robotic or machine guidance and in-line part inspection, and 3D imaging. Technology and imaging standard advances help.

By Mark T. Hoske
System Integrators April 19, 2013

Working in the cyber security red zone

Do you have enough first responders within your company when it comes to dealing with cyber security incidents and network violations? How can you make sure you aren’t developing critical staffing gaps?

By Tim Conway
System Integrators April 15, 2013

Seven system integration firms join CSIA

Seven system integration firms from five continents joined the organization while three companies were named partners and three more companies were recertified by the CSIA.

By Control System Integrators Association
System Integrators April 12, 2013

Company becomes certified robot integrator

Factory Automation System was named as a Certified Robot Integrator by the Robotic Industries Association; they are the 12th systems integrator to receive RIA certification.

By Robotic Industries Association
System Integrators April 3, 2013

Pluggable connector system

The picoMax eCom by Wago support OEMs and carry straight and angled pins for horizontal and vertical PCB mounting. They function like a pluggable connector and are designed for automation and measurement devices.

System Integrators March 25, 2013

Cable technology for servo motors

The Topserv Hybrid PVC and PUR cables by Helukabel combine power and feedback cables and combine power conductors and break pairs with an encoder cable element.

System Integrators March 22, 2013

Open-source robotic software advances at kickoff meeting

ROS-Industrial Consortium (RIC) kickoff meeting included 25 people representing 14 organizations interested in fostering advanced manufacturing technologies enabled by ROS-Industrial open-source software.

By ROS-Industrial Consortium
System Integrators March 15, 2013

Spring terminals added to signal conditioners

Pepperl+Fuchs has added spring terminals to their KC Series Signal Conditioners to simplify installation. The conditioners are also available with screw terminals and loop-powered and analog isolators.

System Integrators March 15, 2013

CSIA recertifies two firms

The Control System Integrators Association (CSIA) recertified Integrity Integration Resources and Thermo Systems, LLC.

By Control System Integrators Association
System Integrators March 8, 2013

Emulation, beyond simulation, for motion control

Get to market in half the time using emulation, even with highly complex motion control installations.

By Brent Stromwall
System Integrators February 18, 2013

Beaulieu named keynote speaker for CSIA conference

Alan Beaulieu, an economist, will focus on "objective reality" in regards to the manufacturing industry in his keynote address at the 2013 CSIA Executive Conference.

By Control System Integrators Association
System Integrators February 15, 2013

DC-DC converters

Murata Power Solution's MEJ2 series DC-DC converters offer strong energy efficiency while meeting electrical safety and medical standards.

System Integrators February 14, 2013

Automation company expands operations

ControlTech Automation is adding a second plant in North Atlanta to meet demand for control panels and electrical automation services.

By ControlTech Automation
System Integrators February 7, 2013

Dual rate media converter

The FCU-3102SFP-SFP-DR dual rate media converter by Antaira can also function as a speed converter and supports 100 Mbps and Gigabit SFP.

System Integrators February 6, 2013

CSIA certifies two companies

The Control System Integrators Association (CSIA) certified Electro Controles del Noroeste SA de CV and P.J. Kortens and Company Inc.

By Control System Integrators Association (CSIA)
System Integrators February 4, 2013

Timers and monitors get new housing for rugged applications

ABB has added a new housing for its time, measuring, and monitoring relays. The housing comes in double-chamber cage connection and push-in terminals for rugged applications.

System Integrators January 31, 2013

System integrators worldwide expect revenue growth in 2013

More manufacturers will look to experts like CSIA members for help in managing risk and automating their industrial equipment and systems.

By Source: Control System Integrators Association
System Integrators January 22, 2013

Flame-retardant cable ties

The Ty-Rap Flame Retardant Cable Ties from Thomas and Betts meet the UL94V-0 flammability rating standard and are designed to withstand extreme heat and cold conditions.

System Integrators January 18, 2013

Environmentally friendly cables

EcoCable and EcoFlex by Alpha Wire are nonhalogenic and meet RoHS and WEEE requirements. They are designed to be lighter and smaller than traditional PVC cable and can be used in extreme temperatures.

System Integrators January 16, 2013

Converging automation standards

Competing standards and protocols often cover the same ground but are not compatible, to the dismay of end users. Sometimes they can be brought together to benefit vendors and users.

By Peter Welander
System Integrators January 10, 2013

CSIA recertifies, adds new members

The Control System Integrators Association (CSIA) recertified four companies, and added six new companies to the association.

By Control System Integrators Association
System Integrators January 10, 2013

Sensor cable line expanded

AutomationDirect has expanded its line of M12 cables, receptacles, connectors, and bulkhead receptacles with expanded lengths and increased pole-shielded versions.

System Integrators January 8, 2013

Surface flush mount added to emergency stop buttons

The Surface Flush Mount E-Stop emergency stop buttons by Banner Engineering feature EZ-Light Logic and multiple E-stops can be connected via for system-wide control and safety.

System Integrators December 26, 2012

Company to provide Li-ion batteries for satellites

Saft has been contracted by Boeing to provide Li-ion batteries for four small platform GEO satellites.

By Saft
System Integrators December 19, 2012

Automatic transfer switches

The Zenith Controls ZT30 UL automatic transfer switches (ATS) by General Electric features a Quick Make/Quick Break design that enables manual operation and reduces a user's exposure to arc flash.

System Integrators December 17, 2012

Success of CSIA continues to grow

Automation Integrator Guide 2013: Promoting members to prospective clients, enhancing the value of membership, and reaching out to control system integrators around the globe are the leading initiatives of the Control System Integrators Association for 2013.

By Bob Lowe and Lynda J. Patterson, FASAE, CAE
System Integrators December 13, 2012

Actuated, midget-style fuse holders

The CC and Midget-Style Fuse Holders by Wago use Cage Clamp Spring Pressure and have maintenance-free, vibration-proof connections. They are also feature a DIN-Rail mount clip for easy installation and removal.

System Integrators December 6, 2012

Making HART communicate

HART-enabled process instrumentation is everywhere, but how does it communicate? New chip designs support this time-tested protocol.

By Tracey Johnson
System Integrators December 5, 2012

Industrial panel UPS for manufacturing, water, wastewater, automation applications

The DIN Rail Industrial Panel UPS by Schneider Electric features an integrated dry contact and hardwired IO and is designed for industrial segment and automation control markets.

System Integrators November 30, 2012

Visual pushbutton configurator

Newark element14 and Schneider Electric have collaborated to create a visual pushbutton configurator that will give engineers access to Schneider's pushbuttons, lights, and switch assemblies.

System Integrators November 30, 2012

Safety interlock switches, up to 6 contacts

The D4SL-N Safety Interlock Switches by Omron STI is available with up to 6 contacts, can be mounted in any direction and allows users to change the key insertion point without detaching the head.

System Integrators November 28, 2012

Global cellular M2M connections growing to more than 325 million by 2016

Mobile operators are intently focused on developing and expanding their activities in the cellular M2M market as a key growth opportunity in the face of increasing saturation and maturity of the core mobile voice/data services market.

By Source: IMS Research (acquired by IHS)
System Integrators November 27, 2012

Virtual remote monitoring solution

The Virtual Support Engineer service from Rockwell Automation is designed to remotely identify and resolve technical issues for OEMs in a secure environment.

System Integrators November 15, 2012

When enough is enough, please just stop

Engineering and IT Insight: Knowing when to stop a software project is among the most difficult things to do in manufacturing IT or with control software; no one wants to be associated with failure. Yet ignoring obvious evidence will just make it worse. Here how to know if it is time to stop, reboot, or restart.

By Dennis Brandl
System Integrators November 15, 2012

Custom high torque gear motors

Applimotion offers custom gear motors for high-torque, low-speed, and low-profile applications, combining precision gearing and direct-drive frameless motor kits, as an alternative to a servo motor with a traditional gear box.

System Integrators November 12, 2012

EC: Simatic HMI Comfort Panels

Hardware - Integrated HMI controllers: Four-inch by 22-in. high resolution, 16 million color displays with wide viewing angle whose widescreen HMI Panels that rival the picture quality of retail displays. This is a Control Engineering 2013 Engineers' Choice Awards Honorable Mention.

By Control Engineering
System Integrators November 12, 2012

EC: GreenChoice LSZH-Jacketed Cables

Network Integration - Network hardware: GreenChoice LSZH-jacketed cables are low smoke zero halogen (LSZH) versions of Belden's most popular and reliable Classics cables and are extremely useful in control and instrumentation applications or anywhere else you find the Belden Classics counterparts. This is a Control Engineering 2013 Engineers' Choice finalist.

By Control Engineering
System Integrators November 12, 2012

EC: mbNET

Network Integration - Network hardware: mbNET is a set of hardware, software and portal-server building blocks that revolutionizes the remote maintenance market and solves the decade old problem of reliable and affordable remote access to industrial equipment. This is a Control Engineering 2013 Engineers' Choice finalist.

By Control Engineering
System Integrators November 12, 2012

EC: Datapaq Q18 Radio Telemetry System

Network Integration - Wireless products: Using radio-frequency technology, the Datapaq Q18 Radio Telemetry System provides live, real-time temperature data transmission from inside industrial heating or cooling processes in a wide range of industries. This is a Control Engineering 2013 Engineers' Choice finalist.

By Control Engineering
System Integrators November 12, 2012

EC: NL5000-T

Network Integration - Wireless products: The NL5000-T is a high performance radio transceiver designed for voice and data communications. This is a Control Engineering 2013 Engineers' Choice finalist.

By Control Engineering
System Integrators November 12, 2012

EC: NL900PRO

Network Integration - Wireless products: The NL900PRO transceiver is a radio that sustains a standard asynchronous serial data stream between two or more radios out of the box. This is a Control Engineering 2013 Engineers' Choice finalist.

By Control Engineering
System Integrators November 12, 2012

EC: KEPServerEX v5.9

Software - Applications: KepServerEx is a flexible and scalable solution for connecting, managing, monitoring, and controlling diverse automation devices and software applications. This is a Control Engineering 2013 Engineers' Choice Award winner.

By Control Engineering
System Integrators November 9, 2012

One software is expected to unite company’s automation architecture

Rockwell Automation Studio 5000 unified engineering and design environment is expected to develop into one standard software for future users of the Rockwell Automation Integrated Architecture.

System Integrators November 7, 2012

Leader Under 40: Derrick Himmelberg

Project Engineer, Matrix Technologies Inc. - BS Biomedical Engineering, University of Toledo

By Control Engineering
System Integrators November 6, 2012

Automated container handling in port terminals

Automation Integrator Guide: Motion control and automation integration challenges reside where containers are stacked. Multiple automation container terminals operate and more are in development, presenting a grand-scale motion control opportunity.

By Paul Blaiklock
System Integrators November 6, 2012

Vendor integrator partnerships: System integrators partner with automation suppliers

System integrators are often courted by automation suppliers, but what’s in it for those involved?

By Tim Roberts and John Raynes
System Integrators October 26, 2012

Mil-spec cordsets for rugged applications

Turck's Mil-spec cordsets are designed to reduce downtime and maintenance costs by eliminating field assembly, soldering and wiring. They meet NEMA standards as well as IP67 and IP68 standards.

System Integrators October 22, 2012

Scoping automation and control projects

A decision to leverage the relatively small cost of a quality scope and solid conceptual design can create significant long term savings and achieve an optimum solution.

By Shane Hudson
System Integrators October 19, 2012

Industrial PoE switch

The EDS-G205A-4PoE from Moxa features is designed for high-performance PoE applications and features 5 Gigabit ports and has short circuit detection to prevent burnouts.

System Integrators October 19, 2012

Electrical planning software

Winsta by Wago is a modular wiring connection system that merges design, electrical architecture management and usability that comes in two versions with a plug-in to improve Winsta planning and functions.

System Integrators October 19, 2012

Do your projects follow Wright’s Law?

IT and Engineering Insight: Moore’s Law says semiconductor technology doubles every 18 months with corresponding decreases in cost and increases in functionality and performance. There is a similar rule for other industries and projects, called Wright’s Law.

By Dennis Brandl
System Integrators October 16, 2012

Omega Engineering opens office in Shanghai

Omega Engineering opened their Shanghai, China, office in late September 2012 as part of the company's plan to expand their business and operations in the country.

By Omega Engineering
System Integrators October 15, 2012

Power supplies are field programmable, have readouts, maintenance alarm

Product Exclusive: New EZAutomation Smart Power supply field programmable 30 W, 60 W, and 90 W power supplies include built-in displays for current and voltage readout and pushbuttons for setting current limit, with DIN-rail mounting. They can show operating life left, based on usage.

System Integrators October 11, 2012

Automation service contracts: Extend in-house engineering

Remote support, distribution or direct, upgrades, and software are among key automation service contract considerations.

By Mark T. Hoske
System Integrators October 5, 2012

Secrets of effective HMI design

Creating an interface that’s effective and efficient, and maybe it will look nice too.

By William Zupon
System Integrators October 4, 2012

Compact RFID readers have standard interface

Simatic RF200 is a compact RFID system that consists of cost-effective HF-readers, especially designed for intra logistics and small assembly lines, with an IO-Link interface.

System Integrators October 3, 2012

Power quality and energy analyzer

The Fluke 437 Series II 400 Hz Power Quality and Energy Analyzer is designed specifically for technicians in avionics and defense, like submarine, aircraft, military ship, and other transport applications, where 400 Hz measurements are mission critical.

System Integrators October 2, 2012

CSIA welcomes new members: 4 system integration firms, 2 participating members

The Control System Integrators Association (CSIA) has added four system integration firms and two participating members to the group.

By Control System Integrators Association (CSIA)
System Integrators September 27, 2012

Company builds oil industry experience through partnership

Business for Patti Engineering has increased due to strength of engineering team, its partnership with AWC, and new oil drilling technology projects.

By Patti Engineering
System Integrators September 21, 2012

Permanent magnet servomotors versus induction motor systems

Motor selection: When deciding on the use of permanent magnet (PM) servomotors or induction motor systems, consider dynamic performance, torque density, inertia matching, and control schemes.

By Lee Stephens
System Integrators August 30, 2012

Automation, system integrator experts wanted for international standards development

The U.S. Technical Advisory Groups are looking for experts to work on international standards in automation, particularly those concerned with industrial data, automation systems and integration, and enterprise systems and automation applications.

By Source: American National Standards Institute (ANSI)
System Integrators August 29, 2012

Capacitor batteries for intelligent UPS

The Quint UPS-IQ line by Phoenix Contact now uses capacitor batteries, which have an operational lifespan of up to 20 years and can operate between -20 and 60 degrees Celsius.

System Integrators August 22, 2012

What’s the SIC code for Industrial Automation and Control Systems Integrators?

CSIA has advocated for a NAICS code for automation and control system integrators.

By Mark T. Hoske
System Integrators August 21, 2012

Phoenix Contact names vice president, general manager

Spencer Bolgard joins Phoenix Contact as the company's vice president and general manager. Prior to joining Phoenix Contact, he was the vice president of sales and marketing for Cooper Industries.

By Phoenix Contact
System Integrators August 10, 2012

Keeping Your Documentation Current

If you’re planning any kind of control system upgrade or migration, make sure your plant documentation is in order.

By Bruce Brandt
System Integrators August 6, 2012

When outsourcing is slow-sourcing

Engineering and IT Insight: You cannot improve what you don’t measure, so at the very least it is important that every outsourced support organization includes a measurable feedback policy for each issue. Also consider these three steps.

By Dennis Brandl
System Integrators July 24, 2012

Rack handle for rack-mount products

The Piton Rack Handle by Piton Engineering is designed to provide handles and captive fasteners for rack-mount products. It is EIA-310, RoHS and NEBS compliant.

System Integrators July 20, 2012

Certification boot camp: System integrators prepare for the CSIA certification audit

Control system integration firms that want to excel in business as well as technology have been invited to enroll in the CSIA Boot Camp, Sept. 27-28, 2012, in Orlando, Fla.

By Source: Control System Integrators Association
System Integrators July 19, 2012

Power supply, 20 A, 24 V DC, with 94% efficiency

The CPS20 power supply from PULS is rated 20 A and at 24 V DC. It is efficient up to 94% and has a wide range AC input.

System Integrators July 6, 2012

Technologies used: Motion control system for Boeing 787 assembly

Advanced Integration Technology (AIT) worked on a Boeing final 787 body join assembly project, applying Siemens high-level Sinamics drives platform and Simotion motion controller system, failsafe CPU, and distributed I/O, running over a Profinet industrial Ethernet network.

By Mark T. Hoske
System Integrators July 6, 2012

Motion control system for Boeing 787 assembly

Advanced Integration Technology (AIT) uses advanced motion controls on Boeing final 787 body join assembly project. It uses a high-level drives platform and motion controller system, failsafe CPU, and distributed I/O, running over Profinet network.

By Mark T. Hoske
System Integrators July 3, 2012

Industrial extender communicates over CAT-5 more than 1 km

The SED-1010S by Aaxeon Technologies transfers data to devices up to 1.2 km from a high-speed RS232 over CAT-5 extender.

System Integrators July 2, 2012

Power Supply Selection

Tips and Tricks: When selecting your next ac-dc industrial power supply, don’t overlook these five important considerations, including hours of operation and...

By Mel Berman
System Integrators June 29, 2012

Cyber security insurance

Legalities: Don’t think the threat of industrial security breach isn’t real. Now there’s insurance to help mitigate financial risks related to cyber security and other threats to control system integrators and their clients.

By Graeme Newman
System Integrators June 15, 2012

Terepac, Rockwell Automation to deliver micro circuits, support Internet of Things

Rockwell Automation boosts Terepac micro circuit production for Internet-enabling small devices.

By Mark T. Hoske
System Integrators June 13, 2012

Holding company to acquire Intelligrated

Permira has acquired Intelligrated in a deal said to be worth more than $500 million. The investment will allow Intelligrated to expand North American and global operations, the company said.

By Mark T. Hoske
System Integrators June 11, 2012

System integrator services agreement at Dow Chemical

Maverick Technologies has agreed to a multi-year deal with The Dow Chemical Company to provide services for Dow projects globally.

By MAVERICK Technologies control system engineering team
System Integrators June 8, 2012

Textile automation adds to thread-thin profits

Pennies on the dollar is the price for textile automation retrofits, compared to new machinery, according to Patti Engineering’s work at Inman Mills manufacturing.

By Georgia H. Whalen
System Integrators June 8, 2012

Project details: Textile automation at Inman Mills

Inman Mills is the sixth of seven textile manufacturing facilities Patti Engineering Inc. has modernized with custom designed automation technology. Technologies used include...

By Georgia H. Whalen
System Integrators June 8, 2012

Electrical connectors: Global distribution agreement

Harting has reached an agreement with Digi-Key, which will expand availability of Harting electronic and electrical connectors.

By Chris Vavra
System Integrators May 24, 2012

Integrated DC-DC converters

Enpirion's EN2300 family of 12 Volt DC-DC converters use PowerSoC technology for better system integration.

System Integrators May 23, 2012

Choosing the right system integrator: 3 categories of needs

While finding an integrator that can meet project specifications is important, finding an integrator that you are compatible with is equally as important. Heed these 3 categories of needs.

By Tim Wilborne
System Integrators May 23, 2012

Reduce human errors: Get out of the typing pool

Engineering and IT Insight: Error-proofing can include adding automation to processes that are dangerous, dirty, exacting, or repetitive. Manual entry of signatures, dates, and times is a candidate. Use keyboard wedges to scan predefined reason codes, enter user IDs, and provide biometric identification. Convert voice to text to reduce errors and speed manual data entry.

By Dennis Brandl
System Integrators May 21, 2012

ABB acquires Thomas and Betts

ABB's completed acquisition of Thomas and Betts is estimated to bring in $6.6 billion in annual revenue. The merger allows ABB to continue their expansion in the U.S. market and it gives Thomas and Betts a foothold in Europe and Asia.

System Integrators May 17, 2012

Choosing the right system integrator: Criteria to help

Not all systems integrators for factory automation and process controls devices, systems, and software are created equal, and finding the best fit can be a real challenge.

By David McCarthy
System Integrators May 15, 2012

Switched-mode power supply: wall mounted, single phase, IP20

Siemens Sitop PSU100D switched mode power supply eliminates traditional rail mounting while meeting basic power supply requirements and is cased in aluminum for IP20 protection.

System Integrators May 11, 2012

Video: Machine vision-motion system draws a line on quality

Pencil production via National Instruments shows synchronized integration of machine vision and motion systems.

By Mark T. Hoske
System Integrators May 7, 2012

Video: Tips for engineering maintenance and service contracts

Brief video outlines key advice for engineering maintenance and service contracts for automation, controls, or operations engineering, offered by Mark Voigtmann, general counsel for Control System Integrator Association (CSIA), and attorney with Faegre Baker Daniels.

By Mark T. Hoske
System Integrators May 2, 2012

Record participation marks CSIA 2012 executive conference

System integrators at CSIA 2012 Executive Conference gain engineering, business skills in record numbers. Speakers at the Control System Integrators Association annual meeting mixed optimism and concern as manufacturing and economic indicators for the near future look good.

By Source: Control System Integrators Association
System Integrators April 25, 2012

Machine vision cameras, controllers, software

High-performance NI 177x Smart Cameras, the NI CompactRIO embedded control and acquisition platform, and the NI Vision Development Module library are among machine vision tools from National Instruments. See link to vision-motion design tutorial.

System Integrators April 24, 2012

Automation integration services: Consider workload, risks

While it may seem logical to keep as many services in-house as possible, factors to consider include workload, forecasting work, schedule, deadlines, expertise, design quality, liability, and risk. See checklist.

By John Koehler, Melissa Striet, Process Plus
System Integrators April 24, 2012

Control Panel Design: Tips and Tricks

Enclosure ratings, filters, input and output, networking, and safety are among enclosure design considerations.

By David McCarthy
System Integrators April 24, 2012

Welcome to the Real World Engineering blog.

Once you leave engineering school and move into the trenches, you'll appreciate the collective experiences of this group.

By Paul Galeski
System Integrators April 18, 2012

Cooler enclosures add performance, reliability

Enclosure design: Control, electronics, network, and data center enclosures require temperature control techniques for reliable performance. Isolating high-temperature components is an increasingly popular method.

By Brian Mordick
System Integrators April 18, 2012

Cabinet electronics: Thermal considerations

Smaller components packed into enclosures generate the same amount of heat. Properly cooling the electronics, which have varying levels of temperature sensitivity, boosts system longevity and reliability, and reduces the risk for failure. Heat exchangers are compact, efficient thermal management solutions for sealed electronic enclosures.

By W. John Bilski
System Integrators April 11, 2012

Video: Integrated system benefits, screwdriver leads to design changes

By integrating systems, designs can be less complex and more energy efficient. Here are examples. Also learn how a screwdriver resulted in design changes that decrease downtime later.

By Mark T. Hoske
System Integrators April 10, 2012

Monitoring system for transformers

The Intellix BMT 300 by GE is a bushing monitoring system designed to help improve power reliability at utilities, industrial metals businesses and petrochemical companies.

System Integrators April 6, 2012

Rugged runtime battery bank option

Falcon Electric's SSGB-1S40-5U 40AH battery bank is a rugged battery that can last up to 40 Amp Hour (AH) maintenance-free and is designed to operate in harsh conditions.

System Integrators April 5, 2012

RFID controller with CC-Link

Pepperl+Fuchs' IC-KP2-2HB18-2V1D IdentControl compact RFID Controllers feature CC-Link communication, which is used often with Mitsubishi PLCs.

System Integrators April 2, 2012

Power conversion design help

Tips and tricks: Setting up a power conversion circuit requires forethought to avoid headaches. Advice follows to ensure control loop stability.

By John Bottrill
System Integrators March 31, 2012

Enclosures for hazardous locations

Pentair's Hoffman brand Zonex, IECEX- and ATEX-Certified Enclosures are designed for applications where increased safety is needed to safely house electrical components in hazardous areas.

System Integrators March 31, 2012

Express serial cards to replace existing products

Aaxeon's multi-port RS-232 and 2-port RS-232 + 1 port parallel Express Serial Cards will replace the MSC-204A1 and MSC-202ALP.

System Integrators March 28, 2012

Customizable mobile identification: Bar codes, RFID

Balluff's RFID handhelds have two software solutions that allow users to customize RFID and bar code to personal preference.

System Integrators March 28, 2012

Reservoir Modelling Solution

RMS 2012 comes with new seismic inversion, seismic attributes, and field planning capabilities to help operators generate more accurate and realistic reservoir models and increase recovery rates

By Emerson Process Management
System Integrators March 28, 2012

Advancing electronic paper designs for factory automation, conveyors

Pervasive Displays and Energy Micro have formed an alliance to combine their technologies to develop a cost-effective prototype for low energy electronic paper solutions. Electronic paper provides instant updates and ultra-low-powered operations for information displays in many applications, including manufacturing.

System Integrators March 19, 2012

Continuous motion silicone cables for windmill applications

Cicoil’s Highly Flexible Silicone Cables are designed for continuous motion and harsh weather conditions.

By Cicoil
System Integrators March 19, 2012

Machine builder Blentech cuts machine commissioning time in half

Inside Machines: Integrated control architecture helps reduce installation time and improve machine performance for food equipment manufacturer, in part, by reusing code.

By Sandy Holden
System Integrators March 16, 2012

Kohler Power Systems buys generator company in Brazil

Kohler Co. expands its global presence with South American purchase of Maquigeral of Brazil. The acquisition adds sale channel, 30-750 kVA generators, and uninterrupted power supply services.

By Kohler Power Systems
System Integrators March 15, 2012

CSIA grows in numbers, internationally

Control System Integrators Association (CSIA) is growing in members, international presence, conference participation, and organizational mission, helping automation system integrators and their customers, according to CSIA.

By Robert Lowe
System Integrators February 29, 2012

Signal converter series: 5 amp or low voltage to 4-20 mA

NK Technologies' CTC Series Signal Converters allow users to convert a CT Signal to a standard 4-20 mA two-wire, loop-powered signal easily.

System Integrators February 27, 2012

Control line lightning and surge protectors

L-com's single stage AC/DC control line lightning and surge protectors protect 8 individual single-ended AC or DC control lines using grounding lugs to provide tie points.

System Integrators February 20, 2012

CSIA forecasts manufacturing growth in 2012

Control system integrators are seeing companies invest in business system capability, according to the Control System Integrators Association (CSIA).

By CSIA
System Integrators February 16, 2012

High-speed servo wicketer introduced to North, South America

The 5750 High Speed Servo Wicketer by Hudson-Sharp is making its debut in North and South America. It can cycle over 400 cpm and can be programmed to automatically remove debris to prevent delays.

System Integrators February 14, 2012

Motion control system software configures, analyzes, tunes

GalilSuite is designed to configure, analyze, and tune Galil motion control systems. The software comes with terminal, editor, tuner, scope and watch tools to streamline operations for motion controls.

System Integrators February 10, 2012

Green power supplies for communication

The GWS500 500 W power supply by TDK-Lambda Americas is designed for industrial, broadcast, and communications applications while fulfilling the energy saving requirements of the ErP Directive.

System Integrators February 6, 2012

Vehicle networks: New version of CAN truck gateway specification

CAN in Automation released version 3.0 of the CAN truck gateway specification. The profile specification is based on the ISO 11992 series.

System Integrators February 4, 2012

Siemens offers more for RuggedCom than Belden

RuggedCom has come to an agreement with Siemens, allowing the company to make an offer to purchase all RuggedCom's common shares for $440 million, which would give Siemens a 13.6% ownership share. Siemens' offer was higher than Belden, which made an unsolicited offer in December 2011.

System Integrators January 28, 2012

USB to SPI protocol converter

Microchip Technology Inc.'s MCP2210 is a USB to SPI protocol convertor that allows connectivity to machines with SPI connectivity using a USB cable. It is compatible with Microsoft Windows, Linux, and Apple Macintosh operating systems.

System Integrators January 26, 2012

Current transducers for DC monitoring

DT Series Current Transducers from NK Technologies have a large aperture design, making it easy to monitor any circuit up to 1200 amps. It has a DIN-rail mount enclosure for easy installation.

System Integrators January 11, 2012

USB cable with bulkhead connector

L-com's USB 3.0 cable assemblies have added a type A female bulkhead.

System Integrators December 12, 2011

Video: Key issues and drivers in automation

Automation trends, issues, and advice are covered in a short Molex video with Control Engineering.

By Mark T. Hoske,
System Integrators December 9, 2011

Timer relay module

The 859 Series DIN-rail Timer Relay Module from Wago has On-/Off-Delay timer modes and multiple time ranges for switch and package de-bounce sensors.

System Integrators December 8, 2011

Speed Product Development

Application Update: Tap the expertise of suppliers for help in selecting and specifying dc motors and other complex components can lead to significant time and cost savings.

By Kenn Langosch
System Integrators December 4, 2011

Digital panel meter with dual functions

The PAX2D digital panel meter from Red Lion features a dual counter and dual rate meter with a third counter and rate display that can perform math functions.

System Integrators December 1, 2011

Software platform compatible with vision sensors

Crimson 3.0 software platform from Red Lion Controls is now compatible with iVu Plus TG vision sensors from Banner Engineering.

System Integrators November 21, 2011

Servo IO terminal for motor control

The EL7201 integrates a servo drive for motors up to 200 W into a 12mm I/O terminal housing for the EtherCAT terminal system.

System Integrators November 18, 2011

Smart grid technologies forecast as market driver

Smart grid technologies are forecast to be the strongest market driver for low voltage contactors with an estimated market revenue of over $5 billion by 2016, said IMS Research.

System Integrators October 2, 2011

High voltage power supply: Enhanced interface options optimized for process systems

UltraVolt has unveiled the –I5 and –I10 options, redefining its current high-voltage power supply line.

By Source: UltraVolt Inc.
System Integrators September 28, 2011

Data acquisition device for temperature and voltage sensors

Measurement Computing offers a new low-cost 24-bit multifunction USB DAQ.

System Integrators August 31, 2011

Coordinated valve controls write messages on water wall: Optimation

Integration project: Valves, controller spell out messages in a waterfall.

By Jennifer Palumbo
System Integrators August 26, 2011

Efficient development through physical modeling

B+R Automation and Maplesoft are integrating products to reduce costs and individual effort, time for simulation-based developments.

System Integrators August 10, 2011

Technology repair services lab opens

Intelligrated's new lab in Cincinnati, Ohio, offers product repair services and a hands-on technical support environment for electronics and computers, with hands-on access to VFDs, PLCs, and other devices and systems for faster troubleshooting.

System Integrators August 9, 2011

Enclosures for automation, robotics

Hemco's new enclosures have a flexible, modular design with available accessories useful for automation and robotics.

System Integrators August 6, 2011

Enclosures have high-impact, UV-resistant polycarbonate materials

Integra Enclosures new products measure 24x24x10 inches, are high-impact, UV-resistant polycarbonate materials, and are first of their kind, to the U.S. market, the company said.

System Integrators August 5, 2011

Easy-mount level sensors

Cyclonaire released a group of level sensors designed for new and retrofit applications and they have mounting and probe options.

System Integrators August 4, 2011

CAN interfaces for harsh environments

Kvaser in Sweden released their Rugged CAN to USB interfaces for engineers performing remote diagnosis, network troubleshooting.

System Integrators July 28, 2011

Explosion-proof control panels

Control panels designed by Ross SysCon are explosion-proof, more efficient, and have a small, more compact design, the company said.

System Integrators July 19, 2011

Research on regenerative drives and low harmonic solutions

IMS Research suggests the Asia Pacific region could grow by as much as 18% in 2011 in the area of regenerative drives and low harmonic solutions.

System Integrators July 14, 2011

CFE Media agreement shares CSIA associate, certified member expertise with readers

CFE Media agreement shares CSIA associate and certified member expertise with Control Engineering, Plant Engineering readers.

By Source: CSIA and CFE Media
System Integrators July 13, 2011

2012 System Integrator of the Year: Call for entries

Last call: Deadline is Aug. 1: If you’re part of a contract engineering firm or an engineering division of a larger company that can design and implement computerized control systems for industrial machinery, manufacturing lines, or other automated facilities that produce either a commodity or a finished product, Control Engineering urges you to enter its 2012 System Integrator of the Year competition.

By Control Engineering
System Integrators June 26, 2011

Soft start controllers reduce energy costs, increase system life

Eaton DS7 soft start controller is designed to reduce energy costs and increase system life.

System Integrators June 21, 2011

Advanced Motion Systems extends reach for B+R Industrial Automation

Advanced Motion Systems Inc. joined B+R's partner network, expanding B+R operations in Upstate New York, which is AMS' main headquarters.

System Integrators June 16, 2011

Machinery Initiative aims to ease integration, promote productivity in industrial networking, manufacturing

ODVA has launched Machinery Initiative as SERCOS International and OPC Foundation participating as Alliance Partners, to ease machinery integration into the industrial manufacturing ecosystem.

System Integrators June 10, 2011

Software offers deep levels of computational abilities, enhancements

Maplesoft Maple 15 offers over 270 new mathematical functions, thousand enhancements to existing algorithms.

By SOURCE: Maplesoft
System Integrators May 13, 2011

Multi-wire connectors protect against dirt, stress in industrial environments

AutomationDirect's ZIPport product line has been expanded to include heavy duty multi-wire connectors to protect against dirt, moisture and mechanical stress.

System Integrators May 10, 2011

Family of compact single, dual output dc/dc converters

MicroPower Direct's A600ERU series output 6 W dc/dc converters include an ultra-wide 4:1 input range and tight regulation.

System Integrators April 19, 2011

CSIA 2011 Conference: 2 years of opportunities inspire performance

Control System Integrators Association (CSIA) 2011 Executive Conference, April 27 – 30, in Orlando, FL, is titled, “Inspiring Performance.” Guest speakers and 17 CSIA members will share their knowledge.

System Integrators February 23, 2011

Do end users benefit from system integrator certification?

End users do perceive benefits when system integrators receive CSIA certification, according to research on end users and interviews by Control Engineering. See graphic.

By Vance VanDoren, PhD, PE, Control Engineering
System Integrators December 31, 2010

Flow switch/monitor for gas, liquid process sampling systems

The Model FS10A Analyzer Flow Switch/Monitor features a SP76 adapter for NeSSI systems, designed to be easily incorporated into gas and liquid process sampling systems.

System Integrators December 23, 2010

What is certification supposed to do?

Why should I look for a company that carries some sort of certification? What does that mean?

System Integrators December 16, 2010

Automation Integrator Guide, 2011 articles

The Automation Integrator Guide 2011 articles included with December 2010 print and digital edition of Control Engineering and Plant Engineering are linked in this table of contents, with a connection to the often updated Automation Integrator Guide online directory to automation system integrators.

System Integrators December 13, 2010

Video: Meet the 2011 System Integrator of the Year Winners

Control Engineering’s Vance VanDoren talks to the presidents of the winning companies, Martin Control Systems, ASECO Integrated Systems, and Maverick Technologies.

System Integrators December 13, 2010

Video: Bosch Rexroth integrates machine, motion control

Integrating machine and motion control saves time and money in machine design, according to Dan Throne, Bosch Rexroth industry sector manager for food packaging and printing industries. See a 2:33 minute video.

System Integrators December 7, 2010

OPC: The next generation

Open connectivity through open standards began as a way for suppliers to achieve interoperability from factory floor devices to first-tier visualization applications. This is part of a Control Engineering December cover story.

System Integrators December 7, 2010

Integrated operations, process data portal drive production improvements for energy giant

Working with Goodtech Solutions, an AspenTech system integration partner, Statoil launched an integrated operations initiative that included implementing an AspenTech manufacturing execution system (MES) across 18 sites and establishing a process data portal to address data availability challenges and increase production. The company considers an MES fundamental to...

System Integrators November 16, 2010

Leaders Under 40, Control Engineering class of 2010

Meet the next generation of manufacturing automation and controls leaders. Control Engineering highlights 19 young professionals from around the globe who are making their marks in everything from system design to academia. These leaders aim to inspire others to get involved in engineering and resolve local and global challenges through smarter applications of automation and control technologies.

System Integrators November 15, 2010

Jose Vazquez, among Control Engineering Leaders Under 40 for 2010

Want to meet the next generation of manufacturing automation and controls leaders? In November 2010, Control Engineering highlights 19 young professionals from around the globe who are making their marks in everything from system design to academia. These leaders aim to inspire others to get involved in engineering and resolve local and global challenges through smarter applications of automation and control technologies. Meet Jose Vazquez ...

System Integrators November 15, 2010

Atul Upare, among Control Engineering Leaders Under 40 for 2010

Want to meet the next generation of manufacturing automation and controls leaders? In November 2010, Control Engineering highlights 19 young professionals from around the globe who are making their marks in everything from system design to academia. These leaders aim to inspire others to get involved in engineering and resolve local and global challenges through smarter applications of automation and control technologies. Meet Atul Upare ...

System Integrators November 15, 2010

Ken McLaughlin, among Control Engineering Leaders Under 40 for 2010

Want to meet the next generation of manufacturing automation and controls leaders? In November 2010, Control Engineering highlights 19 young professionals from around the globe who are making their marks in everything from system design to academia. These leaders aim to inspire others to get involved in engineering and resolve local and global challenges through smarter applications of automation and control technologies. Meet Ken McLaughlin ...

System Integrators November 15, 2010

Kevin Lomeli, among Control Engineering Leaders Under 40 for 2010

Want to meet the next generation of manufacturing automation and controls leaders? In November 2010, Control Engineering highlights 19 young professionals from around the globe who are making their marks in everything from system design to academia. These leaders aim to inspire others to get involved in engineering and resolve local and global challenges through smarter applications of automation and control technologies. Meet Kevin Lomeli ...

System Integrators November 15, 2010

Erik Lince, among Control Engineering Leaders Under 40 for 2010

Want to meet the next generation of manufacturing automation and controls leaders? In November 2010, Control Engineering highlights 19 young professionals from around the globe who are making their marks in everything from system design to academia. These leaders aim to inspire others to get involved in engineering and resolve local and global challenges through smarter applications of automation and control technologies. Meet Erik Lince ...

System Integrators November 15, 2010

Dean Ford, among Control Engineering Leaders Under 40 for 2010

Want to meet the next generation of manufacturing automation and controls leaders? In November 2010, Control Engineering highlights 19 young professionals from around the globe who are making their marks in everything from system design to academia. These leaders aim to inspire others to get involved in engineering and resolve local and global challenges through smarter applications of automation and control technologies. Meet Dean Ford ...

System Integrators November 15, 2010

Chris Elston, among Control Engineering Leaders Under 40 for 2010

Want to meet the next generation of manufacturing automation and controls leaders? In November 2010, Control Engineering highlights 19 young professionals from around the globe who are making their marks in everything from system design to academia. These leaders aim to inspire others to get involved in engineering and resolve local and global challenges through smarter applications of automation and control technologies. Meet Chris Elston ...

System Integrators October 14, 2010

Non-metallic enclosures, custom built, for machine builders, OEMs

Designers of industrial machinery who use enclosures for electrical controls face challenges in enclosure weight, safety, and budget. UL listed PVC in sheet form and CAD/CAM software help with low-cost, quickly made custom enclosures, said Midwest Plastic Fabricators.

System Integrators August 17, 2010

HMI support for sanitary environments

Overhead suspension system designed to withstand high temperature washdowns and protect electronics.

System Integrators August 15, 2010

Automation Integrator Guide 2010

Supplement to December 2009 Control Engineering

System Integrators August 13, 2010

Video clip: Robotic programming with graphical programming software

Four robots (Denso, Epson, Kuka, and Mitsubishi) cooperate in this desktop-sized demo workcell after two days of effort using graphical programming software.

System Integrators July 22, 2010

Pluggable surge protection for photovoltaic systems from Phoenix Contact

Phoenix Contact’s Valvetrab MS surge arresters protect photovoltaic systems up to 1000 V. The VAL-MS 1000DC/2+V-FM protects two-position dc voltage systems up to 1,000 volts. Other voltages are available.

System Integrators July 13, 2010

Ignition: How to connect to KepServerEx 5.2 via OPC-UA

Human-machine interface, SCADA, and manufacturing execution system connections to OPC-UA are easier with Ingition software, says Inductive Automation.

System Integrators June 29, 2010

2011 System Integrator of the Year Awards: Open for entries

Automation system integrators - download and return the nomination form for the 2011 System Integrator of the Year award from Control Engineering.

System Integrators April 14, 2010

B&R: Robust new power supplies for industrial applications

B&R Industrial Automation's new line of compact, DIN rail mountable power supplies ranges from 2.1 A single-phase to 40 A three-phase and can handle input voltages of 100-240 V ac for single-phase devices to 400-500 V ac for three-phase devices.

System Integrators March 25, 2010

NASA scientist is keynote speaker at CSIA’s "Aim Higher" Conference

At the CSIA conference, NASA's Kalmanje KrishnaKumar will present "Intelligent Control Systems: Shaping the Future of Aeronautics and Space Exploration."

By Mark T Hoske
System Integrators March 19, 2010

Lapp Group’s Skintop MS-M Brush cable gland

A 360° brush contact design offers optimal low resistance screen contact in a cable gland, providing full grounding coverage: Lapp Group's Skintop MS-M Brush.

System Integrators March 9, 2010

System integration: Model-based design tools write control software for industrial equipment

A partnership between Rockwell Automation and The MathWorks helps PLC-based machine builders benefit from simulation software, reducing design time 50%.

By Mark T. Hoske, Renee Robbins
System Integrators March 9, 2010

C&K rugged, sealed pushbutton switch

C&K Components illuminated pushbutton switch: 1 million actuations.

System Integrators March 4, 2010

OPC simplifies integration of process vision, quality control systems

Swiss automation engineers use OPC DataHub to enhance Kimberly-Clark production facility.

By Renee Robbins
System Integrators March 2, 2010

Elma New MiniBox 34 compact enclosure family

Highly flexible modular enclosure design has simple, rugged aluminum construction for desktop or wall-mounted applications, says Elma Electronics Inc.

System Integrators March 1, 2010

AutomationDirect adds HPB series open-style Edison power distribution blocks

The Edison power distribution line now includes the HPB series open-style power distribution blocks as a convenient way to manage power distribution needs. Engineered with tin-plated aluminum connectors suitable for copper conductors, the distribution blocks maintain a high SCCR rating of 200 kA, with proper fusing, and are suitable for both factory and field wiring.

System Integrators March 1, 2010

Former GE Fanuc CNC business merges into Fanuc America

With the dissolution of the GE Fanuc joint venture (finalized on Dec. 11, 2009) and merger of the former GE Fanuc CNC parts and systems business into Fanuc America Corp., Fanuc CNC America announced that it is now the largest CNC sales, service and support organization in the Americas. Fanuc says that Fanuc CNC America, headquartered in Hoffman Estates, IL, combines capabilities of GE Fanuc and...

System Integrators February 25, 2010

G Systems delivers NASA Orion test stations; Congress discusses ending Constellation/Orion

G Systems, a test and measurement automation company, delivered its first system for a new Orion crew exploration vehicle test station at NASA's Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans, LA. Congress holds hearings talking about ending the program. One data acquisition system has 3,500 channels.

System Integrators February 17, 2010

Siemens Industry Inc. Converting Toolbox, automation tools better machine integration

Siemens Converting Toolbox, no cost to qualified machine designers, builders, and system integrators, is a set of standardized automation tools to ease integration of various machine components.

System Integrators February 12, 2010

Former GE Fanuc CNC business merges into Fanuc America, creates largest CNC corporation

Fanuc CNC America provides CNC control systems sales and support, engineering and technical service, on-site engineering and automation services, genuine Fanuc parts sales and repair services, and hotline technical support.

System Integrators February 5, 2010

CSIA makes system integrator audit criteria available on redesigned site

Control System Integrators Association publishes its CSIA certification audit criteria on a reorganized website.

By Mark T. Hoske
System Integrators February 4, 2010

Data Translation DT9824 ultra-high resolution USB data acquisition module

Highly accurate front-end design of the USB-powered DT9824 simultaneously samples up to four fully isolated 24-bit inputs, Data Translation says.

System Integrators February 1, 2010

A-B PowerFlex 755 AC Drive

Rockwell Automation A-B PowerFlex 755 AC Drive from Rockwell Automation is designed for ease of use, integration, application flexibility and performance. It represents the first drive from the new Allen-Bradley PowerFlex 750 series. Rockwell says the drive meets global user needs for versatile motor control, ease of integration and high performance to help increase productivity.

System Integrators February 1, 2010

Automation Integrator Guide gets 2,000th listing

Control Engineering’s Automation Integrator Guide, an online directory of automation system integrators, received its 2,000th accepted listing on Jan. 8, 2009, from Project S.r.l., an automation system integrator located in Firenze, Italy. Project S.r.l. offers a variety of contract engineering services for industrial automation and control projects ranging from programming PLCs and RTUs ...

System Integrators January 13, 2010

Automation Integrator Guide gets 2000th listing

Control Engineering Automation Integrator Guide, an online directory of automation system integrators, received its 2,000th listing on Jan. 8, 2009, from Project S.r.l., an automation system integrator located in Firenze, Italy.

By Vance VanDoren, consulting editor
System Integrators January 1, 2010

2010 Automation Integrator Guide Table of Contents

Table of contents - 2010 Automation Integrator Guide, published December 2009

System Integrators December 1, 2009

From the CSIA: Transitions & new initiatives

The Control System Integrators Association (CSIA) has been under new leadership for six months, with the transition occurring at the CSIA Executive Conference in May. The previous leadership team was Norm O'Leary as executive director, and his administrative assistant. Norm retired after 10 years of exceptional service to CSIA.See other articles in the 2010 Automation Integrator Guide.

By Bob Lowe, CSIA Executive Director
System Integrators December 1, 2009

New CSIA initiatives: Mentorship, social site, more insurance and education

Four new initiatives have been undertaken in the first six months of new leadership for the Control System Integrators Association (CSIA).

System Integrators December 1, 2009

MESA International expands to Asia-Pacific

Manufacturing execution systems will get additional support in the Asia Pacific Region with several MESA organization initiatives.

System Integrators November 20, 2009

Technicians get real-time operating status of remotely located equipment with Skymira

Skymira solution combines data from 2 applications on separate satellite systems into one management tool so technicians can monitor real-time operating status of remote equipment.

System Integrators November 1, 2009

Batch control: What do you mean?

Practitioners of control engineering generally like things spelled out when they can get it, and those revising the ISA batch control standard believe their three-year revision clarifies quite a bit. And, they say, the standard continues to become more usable for applications outside of batch control.

By Mark T. Hoske, editor in chief, mhoske@reedbusiness.com
System Integrators November 1, 2009

UPS includes 10-year-rated, high-temperature batteries

Power supply maintenance cycles are significantly reduced with new battery and power supply technology from Falcon Electric.

By Renee Robbins
System Integrators September 24, 2009

Schneider Electric and Orange County Choppers to build hybrid motorcycle

Collaboration between companies designed to showcase intelligent energy management system for multiple energy source options.

By David Greenfield
System Integrators August 27, 2009

Industrial economic indicators improve in July, August

Several industrial economic indicators show improvement in present and future conditions, according to NEMA, Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME), The Conference Board, and others, in July and August 2009.

By Mark T. Hoske
System Integrators August 24, 2009

System integrators list professional affiliations in the 2009 Automation Integrator Guide

Among 1,878 system integrators included in the Control Engineering Automation Integrator Guide, ISA is the single most cited professional affiliation followed by IEEE, CSIA, and others. See table and links to system integrator annual revenue, corporate affiliations, engineering specialties, geographic areas served, industries served, and product experience.

By Mark T. Hoske
System Integrators August 21, 2009

Serial fiber optic modules for most communication interfaces, bus systems

Phoenix Contact PSI-MOS...1300 series of fiber optic modules, gives the company fiber optic media converters for nearly all serial communication interfaces and bus systems.

System Integrators August 1, 2009

Control Engineering tip of the day available via Twitter

Get a Control Engineering tip of the day via Twitter on controls, automation, instrumentation, sensors, networks, system integration, and related trends and technologies found at www.controleng.com. Mark T. Hoske, Control Engineering editor in chief, assembles the tips, which can be followed at www.twitter.

By Control Engineering Staff
System Integrators July 17, 2009

Control Engineering tip of the day is available via Twitter

Get a Control Engineering tip of the day via Twitter on controls, automation, instrumentation, sensors, networks, system integration, and related trends and technologies found at www.controleng.com. Mark T. Hoske, Control Engineering editor in chief, assembles the tips.

System Integrators July 14, 2009

VAI S2K Software Suite, IBM Power Systems server go into RefrigiWear

VAI was selected as the ERP vendor for RefrigiWear based on its integrated, robust system suite, including integration with a new automated warehouse, with better picking and shipping accuracy using radio frequency (RF) guns. Physical inventory took one third of the time.

System Integrators July 14, 2009

Wireless: Kepware can make up for less-than-stellar connection

Kepware protocols communicate over many infrastructures, wireless being one of them. Wireless communication is helped with a quality communications product.

By Mark T. Hoske
System Integrators July 10, 2009

System integration water/wastewater blog: ‘No contractual issues to delay us now.’

After months of delays, the SCADA system project at the Baton Rouge Wastewater Pump Station can continue. Stan Prutz's project diary continues.

By Renee Robbins
System Integrators July 8, 2009

7 tips for CRM integration: QuoteWerks, SugarCRM

QuoteWerks and SugarCRM partner to deliver sales quoting efficiencies to the Open Source and On-Demand CRM communities.

System Integrators July 2, 2009

ProSoft: Modbus TCP/IP to Profibus DPV1 gateway for Modicon controllers

ProSoft Technology: Modbus TCP/IP to Profibus DPV1 gateway for Schneider Electric Modicon M340 Processors. New ease-of-use features reduce engineering demands and time-to-deployment while creating a more tightly integrated network.

By Control Engineering Staff
System Integrators July 1, 2009

Turck A-size powerfast connectors: High currents, less installation time

New Turck A-Size 3- and 4-pin 7/8 16UN powerfast connectors provide up to 600 Volts and 15 Amps of power in a time-saving, modular wiring design.

By Control Engineering Staff
System Integrators June 4, 2009

System integrators: Corporate affiliations in the 2009 Automation Integrator Guide

Control Engineering Automation Integrator Guide includes information from 1,878 system integrators; 25% or more of which list affiliations with Rockwell Automation, Wonderware (Invensys), or GE Fanuc.

By Control Engineering Staff
System Integrators June 4, 2009

System integrators: Annual revenue in the 2009 Automation Integrator Guide

Control Engineering Automation Integrator Guide includes information from 1,878 system integrators, half of them in the $1-10 million revenue range. See also corporate affiliations, engineering specialties, and geographic areas served.

By Control Engineering Staff
System Integrators June 4, 2009

System integrators: Geographical areas served in the 2009 Automation Integrator Guide

Control Engineering Automation Integrator Guide includes information from 1,878 system integrators. The two most served geographical areas are South Atlantic and the East North Central regions, with international placing a close third.

By Control Engineering Staff
System Integrators June 3, 2009

Optimizing energy for South Africa’s largest pharmaceutical company

Adcock Ingram partners with Johnson Controls to improve control, reduce headquarters facility energy consumption.

By Control Engineering Staff
System Integrators June 1, 2009

What good are economists anyway?

Yes, I borrowed that headline from BusinessWeek. But I did so with a reason. The BusinessWeek article I’m referring to focused on how wrong so many economists were recently by saying either a recession wouldn’t happen or, if it did, it would be short and mild. With that in mind, I thought I would point out one economist who called it right—Alan Beaulieu of the Institute for Tr...

By David Greenfield, editorial director
System Integrators June 1, 2009

U.S. manufacturing vibrant, claims economist at CSIA conference

At the Control System Integrator Association’s (CSIA) conference, long-time executive director Norm O’Leary officially announced that this would be his last conference as host. Robert Lowe, president of Loman Control Systems, replaces O’Leary as executive director. Lynda Patterson is CSIA president. Also at the meeting, an economist expressed hope.

By Control Engineering Staff
System Integrators June 1, 2009

Contracting for services? Qualifications should come first

Chris McGinnis had a problem. As vice president of manufacturing at original equipment manufacturer Bulk Handling Systems (BHS), it was his responsibility to engage the outside engineering services he needed to implement the controls for his clients’ automated material handling systems. His initial solution was to hire a different control engineering firm for each project, usually the low...

By Vance VanDoren, Ph.D., P.E., Control Engineering, and Ron Brenke, American Counc
System Integrators June 1, 2009

Control Engineering launches Twitter coverage and LinkedIn group

Follow sustainable and energy efficient technologies products via David Greenfield, Control Engineering editorial director Twitter posts at http://twitter.com/djgreenfield.

By Control Engineering Staff
System Integrators June 1, 2009

Behavioral automation

Ideas related to behavioral economics seem to continue to expand and influence U.S. domestic policies. Behavioral engineering has been applied to many disciplines, including how organizations function and encourage safety. Now, let’s consider behavioral automation. Behaviors below might influence those in manufacturing to buy, apply, and optimize automation.

By Mark T. Hoske, editor in chief
System Integrators May 1, 2009

Water, wastewater SCADA projects benefit from U.S. stimulus funds

Municipalities plan to upgrade systems, while integrators and control system vendors anticipate new projects. Link to where the money goes, better economic news

By Control Engineering Staff
System Integrators May 1, 2009

Investment decisions are not automatic in tough market

The current economic situation is having a definite impact on packagers’ plans to purchase automation equipment for their packaging lines or to further implement automation in their systems, according to the recently completed 2009 Automation in Packaging survey of end users performed by Packaging Digest and Control Engineering magazines.

By John Kalkowski, Editorial Director, Packaging Digest
System Integrators April 30, 2009

Dairy, food, beverage system integration: Maverick Technologies buys Mission Controls

More services, system integration, and software programming in dairy and food & beverage markets is what customers of Maverick Technologies gets since Maverick acquired Mission Controls Inc.

By Control Engineering Staff
System Integrators April 3, 2009

Feedback, KPIs in the FDA’s total product lifecycle help manufacturing efficiency

U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is using total product lifecycle (TPLC) to show how feedback and key performance indicators (KPIs) can make manufacturing more efficient.

By Daniel R. Matlis, Axendia
System Integrators April 1, 2009

Tutorial videos on control panel designs: Post comments, advice

Look inside and learn tips and tricks of control panel design with these six, brief tutorial videos. Choose the most useful. Post comments about your favorite or add your advice.

By Control Engineering Staff
System Integrators April 1, 2009

How Communications Help Integration Projects Succeed

As much as 80% of project problems are due to a lack of proper communications between the client and the integrator, according to the results of a recent survey in which the 1800+ system integrators listed in Control Engineering's Automation Integrator Guide were asked to share their top tips for ensuring the success of an automation project. See graph. Link to more help.

By Vance J. VanDoren, Ph.D., P.E., Control Engineering
System Integrators March 1, 2009

Quality practices of manufacturers vary in slumping economy

Many manufacturing companies are not in the crisis mode that might be expected in today’s economy, according to the American Society for Quality (ASQ), which has issued the ASQ Quarterly Quality Report reporting insights gained from its members, practicing quality professionals. Feedback revealed some of the pain companies are going through, such as reductions in training and workforces, ...

By Control Engineering Staff
System Integrators February 24, 2009

Bucking trends: PLM investments grew in 2008 despite economic conditions

While navigating a challenging economic environment, manufacturing companies increased their investments in software that supports product life-cycle management (PLM) processes in 2008, according to industry analyst firm CIMdata.

By Manufacturing Business Technology Staff
System Integrators February 19, 2009

Important first: Simulation software integrates with Google 3D Warehouse; offers free 3D objects

Simio LLC says it is the first vendor to integrate simulation software with Google 3D Warehouse , an online, searchable repository of 3D objects. The integration means Simio computer simulation users can download hundreds of thousands of Google 3D Warehouse modeling components without cost, and use those components to realistically model system components.“Simio extends the benefit of computer simulation for decision-making beyond specialists,” says Disney’s Dennis Pegden, founder and CEO of Simio LLC. “The instant that a 3D component is downloaded from Google’s 3D Warehouse into Simio simulation software, it can be integrated into an intelligent object and modified to fit the specific needs of an application.”Simio users also benefit from the ability to create their own 3D modeling components without writing code, thereby saving time and extending the benefits beyond specialists.“With Simio, users now have two fast, easy options for realistic modeling: They can use Google Warehouse, or easily create their own objects.

System Integrators February 11, 2009

Web portal integrates device data into the design process

Version 1.9 Eplan Electric P8 CAD/CAE software adds productivity.

By Control Engineering Staff
System Integrators February 4, 2009

Build facilities management supervisory applications quickly

New Wonderware software provides library of templates and graphics for facilities application development.

By Control Engineering Staff
System Integrators February 1, 2009

Chemical suppliers streamline SC data exchange using Integration-as-a-Service platform

The chemical industry championed an innovative approach to supply chain management (SCM) in 2000 when 22 global chemical companies pooled resources to create Elemica. An independent entity, Elemica was launched to deliver solutions for spanning the complete order-to-cash cycle. It’s not surprising that the chemical industry would be prime mover in this regard.

By Frank O Smith, senior contributing editor (fosmith@thewritinggroup.com)
System Integrators February 1, 2009

Control Engineering launches Facebook “Automation & Control” group

Online social media has quickly become an important tool for many people as a means of staying in touch with their professional community. As such, I’d like to extend a personal invitation for you to join and take part in Control Engineering’s “Automation & Control” group on Facebook.

By David Greenfield, editorial director
System Integrators January 1, 2009

2009 Automation Integrator Guide

Table of Contents - Control Engineering Automation Integrator Guide 2009 includes application stories, a directory of automation system integrators and names three System Integrators of the Year for 2009, in the cover story: Recognizing the Best Integrators in the Business. Applications stories cover control systems, motion control, IT integration, panel building, distributed automation, and packaging.

By Control Engineering Staff
System Integrators January 1, 2009

System integration advice

Interviews were conducted with each of the three winners of this year's Control Engineering System Integrator of the Year Award—representing small, medium and large system integration businesses. The interviews reveal insights on economics affecting the system integration, and new technology trends.

By Control Engineering Staff
System Integrators December 15, 2008

Packaging supplier solves its ice cream headaches

As one of the world’s leading suppliers of ice cream novelty packaging and filling machinery, Norse Dairy Systems, was watching its profit melt away through mechanical downtime and wasted materials on its production lines. It turned to Martin Control Systems for a solution that boosted production by more than 27%. Now with photos! See also tables.

By Control Engineering Staff
System Integrators December 12, 2008

Control Engineering names its 2009 System Integrators of the Year

Control Engineering named three 2009 Automation System Integrators of the Year: Brock Solutions, JMP Engineering, and HiTech Control Systems. These three system integrators best demonstrated value in their respective revenue category with technical expertise, business skills, and customer satisfaction.

By Control Engineering Staff
System Integrators December 12, 2008

How to overcome the economy, grow with technology: Brock Solutions explains

2009 System Integrator of the Year winner, Brock Solutions, provides practical advice on how to thrive in a tough economy, in a 7:20 minute Control Engineering podcast available for listening now.

By Control Engineering Staff
System Integrators December 5, 2008

WBF integrated version of B2MML and BatchML saves effort in processes 

Version V0401 of B2MML and BatchML combines the two markup languages into one related set of standards useful for general process industries, says WBF. Tighter integration makes use easier.

By Control Engineering Staff
System Integrators December 1, 2008

Integrators have their say

Allow the integrator to apply new technology so that you can reap the benefits of innovation—and train your staff on its maintenance. Go in open minded: Visit a few integrators and listen to what services they offer and how they can add value. Keep in mind, integrators may build 5 to 20 new packaging lines year, whereas your company may only build one or two.

By Control Engineering Staff
System Integrators December 1, 2008

Packagers suggest integration improvements

An important factor is follow through and follow up. Be flexible enough that your system design will be indistinguishable from our in-house designs. Be honest in what you can and can't deliver. Also, if it takes eight weeks, tell me and make it happen. Cost. Cost. Cost. Closer work/partnership with machine builders.

By Control Engineering Staff
System Integrators November 19, 2008

Upgraded communication modules make PLC to PLC communications easier

PLC to PLC communications will be less challenging for machine builders, system integrators, and end-users as a result of features that Molex Inc. added to the BradCommunications SST PLC communication modules.

By Control Engineering Staff
System Integrators November 12, 2008

Pick and choose: SAP unveils ERP enhancement package; Sustainability report

SAP just launched Enhancement Package 4 (EhP4), an ERP solution containing hundreds of new features catering to vertical manufacturing sectors in consumer, discrete, life sciences, and the process industries.EhP4 offers these key capabilities:• Enables manufactures to pick and chose among numerous horizontal (core business) and vertical industry functionalities via an on-demand delivery method without the disruption of traditional IT implementations/system upgrades.• Eliminates the most prohibitive burdens to IT upgrades during times of economic uncertainty/limited credit, including: Over-budget implementations Manufacturers in today’s economy lack financial tolerance for over-budget IT implementations and months of associated business disruptions. EhP4’s on-demand delivery enables companies to download hundreds of new functionalities in a matter of hours. Comparable implementations with other software providers take months, cause ongoing business disruptions and require the extra cost of engaging system integrators.

By Manufacturing Business Technology Staff
System Integrators November 6, 2008

4 integrators join Eurotherm’s Factory Trained System Integrator Group

Eurotherm, supplier of control, measurement, and data recording products and services, named four companies to its Factory Trained System Integrator Group, with expertise in....

By Control Engineering Staff
System Integrators October 30, 2008

Partnership, tips: Test system integration improves in Europe with partnership; 4 tips on testing tools 

Averna partners with Noffz to improve European test system integration. It is expected to accelerate functional testing for high-tech electronic device manufacturers across the region. Also see 4 quick tips for testing tools, below.

By Control Engineering Staff
System Integrators October 22, 2008

Connect One: Tiny WiFi module for embedded devices

Connect One Nano WiReach is an embedded WiFi bridge that quickly connects any embedded device to 802.11b/g wireless LANs with minimal programming. It measures 1.7 x 3.3 cm.

By Control Engineering Staff
System Integrators October 2, 2008

Square D PowerLogic branch-circuit power meter from Schneider Electric

The Square D PowerLogic branch circuit power meter (BCPM) from Schneider Electric can monitor power and energy usage for each main and branch circuit in power distribution units (PDUs) and remote power panels (RPPs). It helps deliver reliable power to critical applications, company says.

By Control Engineering Staff
System Integrators October 2, 2008

Packaging line system integration, demonstrated

OMAC Packaging Workgroup expects to demonstrate benefits of packaging line integration at Pack Expo International 2008.

By Control Engineering Staff
System Integrators September 26, 2008

Export efficiencies: Dutch filter manufacturer automates export processes using enterprise-integrated documentation

Integrating QAD’s MFG/PRO enterprise application with theTRAXi3 transportation system from Precision Software—a vendor recently acquired by QAD—looked much too good to pass up for Dutch filters manufacturer Filtrair. And they were right.

By Malcolm Wheatley, senior contributing editor, Heerenveen, The Netherlands
System Integrators September 19, 2008

New advantage: Aras expands PLM partner program

Peter Schroer, president of product life-cycle management (PLM) solutions supplier Aras, says a new partner program holds the key advantage of ..."eliminating the large up-front license expense for PLM software.”

By Manufacturing Business Technology Staff
System Integrators September 4, 2008

Enclose, protect: 2 plastic enclosures; device measures heat, airflow

Finding the right enclosure size and type for larger components and high-power applications is as important as ensuring airflow and temperatures inside enclosures to promote long life for controls, automation, or instrumentation. See photos, details.

By Control Engineering Staff
System Integrators September 4, 2008

Switch components: Mini slide switches, illuminated tactile switches

C&K Components miniature slide switches and E-Switch illuminated right-angle tact switch with through-hole termination and blue, red, green, and yellow LEDs can help embedded device design.

By Control Engineering Staff
System Integrators September 1, 2008

Kepware partnerships solidify hardware/software connectivity

Manufacturers need information from equipment and lines on the plant floor, but the prevalent issue that remains connectivity between hardware and software. That's where Kepware Technologies, a leader in embedded device communications for automation, has made a name for itself. Roy Kok, a Kepware VP, says two new programs in particular allow hardware vendors to leverage Kepware's OPC and device...

By Jim Fulcher, contributing editor (jimfulcher@comcast.net)
System Integrators September 1, 2008

Negotiating ‘take it or leave it’ contracts

One of the frustrations of being a lawyer who advises automation companies is that sometimes there is only so much I can do. Here's an example: Let's say Control Engineers Limited (CEL) wants legal advice in connection with a new project. Appearing in my inbox is a little gift from CEL's customer, consisting of a 40-page set of "general conditions," a five-page set of "special conditions," some...

By Mark Voigtmann
System Integrators August 27, 2008

PLC origins: Where did PLCs come from? 40th anniversary timeline

PLCs have undergone 40 years of convergent evolution, according to an article in the upcoming September issue of Control Engineering. See a graphic with a timeline of PLC development, a market that went from zero to more than $1 billion in a decade. Link to the full story.

By Control Engineering Staff
System Integrators August 7, 2008

Enclosures: Improve NEMA designs, enclose wireless equipment, keep cabinets cool

Here's advice for designing better NEMA enclosures and enclosing wireless equipment for safely in hazardous areas. See photo.

By Control Engineering Staff
System Integrators August 7, 2008

Affiliate integration: Advanced Automation, IAEF and EIAL become Avanceon

Three system integrators are now working under the unified company name of Avanceon. See image.

By Control Engineering Staff
System Integrators August 1, 2008

Fisher BioServices deploys General Electric Wireless Mesh

Fisher BioServices used monitoring systems with General Electric Wireless Mesh to meet stringent U.S. FDA (Food & Drug Administration) regulations. Within a GMP (good manufacturing practice) regulated environment, environmental conditions must be monitored and recorded and data made available for FDA inspection. Traditionally this was a manual process with hundreds of chart recorders and paper records. Here's how it works with wireless....

By Control Engineering Staff
System Integrators August 1, 2008

Job scheduling/planning system integration yields profitable unattended operations

As manufacturers automate more of their processes, the payoff can be huge—both in cost savings and employee morale. That’s exactly the case for San Jose, Calif.-based Cypress Semiconductor, where employees once used pencil and paper to schedule jobs, says Rob Price, data warehouse manager for the San Jose, Calif.-based maker of computer chips and semiconductors used in data communications, telecommunications, computation, consumer products, and industrial control products.

By Manufacturing Business Technology Staff
System Integrators July 3, 2008

ISA Expo: Help, advice offered to system integrators

New or existing automation system integrators will get some help in a series of presentations at ISA Expo. Advice includes...

By Control Engineering Staff
System Integrators July 3, 2008

System integrator: Recruiting partnership provides off-shoring alternative

A system integrator partered with a local college to offer lower-cost engineering skills.

By Control Engineering Staff
System Integrators July 1, 2008

Control valves certified SIL 3

Pre-certified control valves have the potential to make installation and commissioning easier for end-users and system integrators. Emerson Process Management says it is the first control valve manufacturer to achieve independent third-party SIL 3 certification of four ranges of valves to IEC 61508 standards.

By Control Engineering Staff
System Integrators June 11, 2008

Speed of issue: Eurocopter moves to XML-based service bulletins

The production of maintenance service bulletins, once outsourced, is back in house at Marignane, France-based Eurocopter, a subsidiary of aerospace giant EADS. Using the XML structured authoring tool XMetaL from JustSystems, the benefits roster now includes cost savings, productivity improvements, and technical publications of a higher quality

By Malcolm Wheatley, senior contributing editor, Marignane, France
System Integrators June 5, 2008

Application brief: Linear versus switching power supplies

A validation testing technician, responding to a Control Engineering survey on dc power supplies, provided insights on linear and switching power supplies, including....

By Control Engineering Staff
System Integrators June 5, 2008

Report: Power supply in package, on a chip

Three key pieces of advice from the "2008 Market and Technology Report - Power Supply in a Package - Power Supply on a Chip," according to Joe Horzepa, executive director, Power Sources Manufacturers Association (PSMA), are….

By Control Engineering Staff
System Integrators June 5, 2008

CSIA: 2008 conference business, new chairman

The 15th annual Control System Integrator Association Executive Conference included record attendance, membership expansion, greater recognition for the CSIA Certified Member program, new leadership, and advice for....

By Control Engineering Staff
System Integrators June 1, 2008

Does PE licensing matter?

At the annual Control System Integrators Association conference for member executives in Savannah, GA, I took a moment away from my talk on the legalities of professional licensing to poll the audience: “Stand up if your company works on control systems.” Most everyone stood up. “Remain standing if your company employs at least one person with an engineering degree.

By Mark Voigtmann
System Integrators June 1, 2008

CSIA conference sets record

In keeping with expanding membership numbers, Control System Integrators Association (CSIA) Executive Conference attendance set a record at the event held in Savannah, GA, May 1-4, 2008. Integrators and automation product and service suppliers worldwide joined the organization at a record pace during the first quarter of 2008, bringing CSIA membership to more than 325.

By Control Engineering Staff
System Integrators June 1, 2008

IEEE 802.15.4 product joins other wireless technology

The new ZigBee IEEE 802.15.4 product range shares form factor and electrical interfaces with the connectBlue Bluetooth and Wireless LAN product ranges. It is possible for users to reuse the integration efforts of three different wireless technologies, a compatibility that provides OEMs and system integrators with the means to meet varying customer demands with minimal investment.

By Control Engineering Staff
System Integrators June 1, 2008

China catches up?

With the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing approaching and the round-the-clock construction of the modern China regularly trumpeted on news programs, it’s difficult to not believe that China will assume economic predominance in the near term. But the difficulties China faces in making the leap from a low-cost offshore manufacturing center to a global economic entity are building.

By David Greenfield, editorial director
System Integrators June 1, 2008

Trust: Set it, forget it – choose to operate more closed-loop controls

Think Again: Since the earliest pages of Control Engineering in the mid-1950s, engineers have argued fervently about the merits of closed-loop versus open-loop control. Please, set up closed-loop controls where possible and let them work their magic.

By Mark T. Hoske, editor-in-chief
System Integrators May 31, 2008

May blog postings for Standard profits: Make2Pack and ISA88

Links follow. Discussions include a new model diagram, use of XML schemas, another technology demonstration to illustrate the concepts, and recipe control.

By Control Engineering Staff
System Integrators May 29, 2008

CSIA: Control system integrator group gets new leaders

Ed Diehl, Concept Systems executive director and co-founder, took the position of CSIA Executive Board chair on May 1. Others on the 2008-2009 board are...

By Control Engineering Staff
System Integrators May 2, 2008

Packaging Automation Benchmark Study, Part 1: Change is constant

Many people might argue that packaging is not an industry in and of itself. Indeed, packaging is a function of virtually all businesses selling non-commodity physical products. One thing is sure: With an economic value of nearly $133 billion annually in the U.S., and a growth rate of 4% to 5% each year, packaging is big business.

By Control Engineering Staff
System Integrators May 1, 2008

Find a good fit

When the decision was first made at LSI Logic, now known as LSI, to work with San Francisco-based consulting firm Bristlecone, it was to address a specific problem, says John Flebut. “LSI Logic was attempting to light up the Demand Planning module of SAP's Advanced Planning and Optimization [APO], and had run into some pretty steep difficulties,” says Flebut, former director of busi...

By Jim Fulcher, contributing editor
System Integrators May 1, 2008

UPS: Scalable, uninterruptible power supply

Eaton Corp.’s newest scalable UPS helps protect dense computing systems against faulty power.

By Control Engineering Staff
System Integrators May 1, 2008

Power: 3-phase energy analyzer

Carlo Gavazzi EM26 Energy Analyzer can be used in three phase applications or installations where energy consumption is to be monitored and saved.

By Control Engineering Staff
System Integrators May 1, 2008

CSIA records set: New members, May 1-4 conference

Control System Integrators Association (CSIA) continued to expand membership in first quarter, while registration for the annual Executive Conference, May 1-4, set a record pace. The increases follow higher 2007 membership at the “world’s largest association for control system integrators,” CSIA said.

By Control Engineering Staff
System Integrators April 22, 2008

Better OPC interoperability: Help for system integrators

OPC Foundation is helping system integrators and distributors gain marketshare and provide quality services in deploying different vendors' products. End users seem likely to benefit greater interoperability.

By Control Engineering Staff
System Integrators April 21, 2008

Process: Non-contact level controller, ultrasonic

Non-contact level controller serves in continuous and switching applications. While increasing productivity and lowering operational costs, the ultrasonic controller and transmitter focuses on process, control, and chemical feed applications.

By Control Engineering Staff
System Integrators April 15, 2008

Luminary Micro wins award for 32-bit MCUs at 8 bit prices

Pricing for Stellaris line is a first for microcontrollers based on ARM architecture, says Frost & Sullivan.

By Control Engineering Staff
System Integrators April 7, 2008

Instrument of quality: Sparta Systems and USJade to centralize workflow and tracking for Celerity

A new enterprise quality management project under way for precision instrument maker Celerity builds upon USJade’s deployment of Oracle eBusiness Suite ERP applications and an online customer service portal for managing the return material authorization (RMA) process.

By Manufacturing Business Technology Staff
System Integrators April 3, 2008

Low cost: Mini cabinet cooler, heat exchanger

Noren Products Inc. released its smallest and lowest-cost air-to-air heat exchanger, a cabinet cooler to protect electronics, drives, and controls from....

By Control Engineering Staff
System Integrators April 3, 2008

Universal serial bus: Synchronized, portable USB module for sound, vibration

A high performance Data Translation USB module for sound and vibration analysis has four 24-bit IEPE (integrated electronics piezoelectric) sensor inputs and….

By Control Engineering Staff
System Integrators April 3, 2008

Industry statistics: Areas most served by system integrators, more international

Compared to other regions, more system integrators said they would serve internationally (outside U.S. and Canada) in 2008 than in 2007. Learn what two U.S. regions are served by the most automation system integrators...

By Control Engineering Staff
System Integrators April 3, 2008

Filling the skills gap: How system integrators find, retain talent

System integrators face unique challenges in the "skills gap." Learn how SIs are trying to attract the brightest talent and what they’re doing to keep workers without jeopardizing client relations.

By Control Engineering Staff
System Integrators March 12, 2008

RFID Roundup: New tag technology developments reap operational benefits for some; see a national security-based boost for others

In the latest RFID news, tags from Alien Technology are allowing dairy products leader Daisy Brand to move beyond supplier mandates and reap benefits in its own operations and customer service, while tag vendor MIKOH is boosting tag security in partnership with the U.S. National Security Agency, and Impinj is mastering directional movement on tagged items.

By Frank O Smith, senior contributing editor
System Integrators March 12, 2008

Content-centric workflow: Intalio and Alfresco add documents to business processes

Traditional business process management (BPM) systems cover the basics: design, automation, orchestration, and workflow. A partnership between Intalio and Alfresco lays the groundwork for expanding BPM to include document and content management in a broader Business Process Platform, whereby processes involving applications throughout the enterprise are easily developed and managed.

By Manufacturing Business Technology Staff
System Integrators March 6, 2008

System integration program: CDI teams with Weidmuller

Weidmuller, Control Dynamics International partner, for energetic connectivity.

By Control Engineering Staff
System Integrators March 6, 2008

Voiceless control: World’s first, live voiceless phone call

Device offers communication, motion control via thought. Think of the applications….

By Control Engineering Staff
System Integrators February 28, 2008

RFID discussions: Boston, LA, Las Vegas

RFID (radio frequency identification) technology discussions continue, twice this month, and later in the year.

By Control Engineering Staff
System Integrators February 22, 2008

Manufacturing: Raw materials, energy push costs; capital spending up

Raw material and energy costs headed the list of manufacturing cost concerns, according a recent survey, though the spending outlook seems positive.

By Control Engineering Staff
System Integrators February 19, 2008

Get help from OMAC with corporate membership

How would a new corporate membership to OMAC (Open, Modular, Architecture Control User Group) help you?

By Control Engineering Staff
System Integrators February 6, 2008

Power quality: Recorder kit, includes software for analysis

Everett, WA – Amprobe Test Tools offers the DM-II Plus Power Quality Recorder, a kit with PC download capabilities that records a broad spectrum of power quality parameters.

By Control Engineering Staff
System Integrators February 6, 2008

Number one: Leviton recognized for many patents

Little Neck, NY – Leviton Manufacturing Co.was ranked #1 for the second consecutive year by the Patent Board, a provider of best practices research, tools and metrics for patent analysis and intellectual property investment.

By Control Engineering Staff
System Integrators February 6, 2008

17 million cycles: Flexible Camera Link cable

Osceola, WI – Can you think of an cable application that needs to withstand flexing and resist abrasion, flame, water, sun, and extreme temperatures? Northwire has a cable for that.

By Control Engineering Staff
System Integrators February 1, 2008

CSIA boosts membership and global reach

A rise in 2007 membership and global presence is reported by Control System Integrators Association (CSIA). According to executive director Norman O’Leary, CSIA has surpassed the 300-member level, added 59 new members (a one-year record). It has extended its global reach to encompass North, Central, and South America, as well as Europe from the U.

By Control Engineering Staff
System Integrators January 30, 2008

SOA integration: Accenture launches Innovation Centre for Oracle in Europe

Many organizations have successfully completed small-scale service-oriented architecture (SOA) pilot projects, but not without a number of business management challenges that must be addressed before wider-scale adoption can be started. To that end, Accenture says its newly launched Innovation Centre for Oracle will be a European hub for joint business development surrounding Oracle applications.

By Manufacturing Business Technology Staff
System Integrators January 30, 2008

Skills shortage: IT services vendors compete for U.K. SAP services market share

As SAP pursues a growth strategy through existing and new accounts, the U.K. market is seeing a rising demand for SAP services. Identifying major opportunities in this space, which is further fuelled by the lack of related IT skills, leading IT services players are ramping up their SAP capabilities.

By Manufacturing Business Technology Staff
System Integrators January 18, 2008

Digital design duo: Actify signs new partner in Germany to serve discrete manufacturers

Actify, a vendor of digital design communication solutions that counts more than 500 discrete manufacturing companies as customers, is expanding its services partner network via an agreement with TCAE GmbH to deliver services for Actify's DesignShare solution.

By Manufacturing Business Technology Staff
System Integrators January 3, 2008

Milestone: 100 companies in Wonderware ArchestrA integrator program

Lake Forest, CA – Wonderware, a business unit of Invensys, reached 100 companies in the ArchestrA Certified System Integrator Program with the addition of Tecnau Transport Division S.r.l. based in Florence, Italy. The company called the milestone a “significant achievement.”

By Control Engineering Staff
System Integrators January 1, 2008

IT in airplane manufacture: Where does responsibility lie?

Among the biggest challenges airplane manufacturers face is how to integrate manufacturing and information technology in supplier organizations, where more responsibility for manufacturing operations is shifting. One company addressing supply chain responsibility in a formal way is France's Airbus, which trailed some competitors in adopting the latest electronic design and enterprise management...

By Bill Atkinson, contributing editor (w.atkinson@mchsi.com)
System Integrators January 1, 2008

Immersion-rated data carrier system

Datakey Electronics, Inc. has released a patent-pending line of immersion-rated receptacles to compliment its data carriers. The SR4310 receptacles are available in IP-66 (splash-proof), IP-67 (immersion-rated), and IP-67-EMI (immersion-rated, EMI reduction) versions. The products provide a portable memory system that offers protection in wash-down or outdoor applications where the device is ex...

By Control Engineering Staff
System Integrators January 1, 2008

wLAN serial port adapters

connectBlue offers two wireless local area network (LAN) serial port adapters that enable cable replacement in industrial applications such as programming, configuration, service, diagnostics, and data acquisition. The adapters feature robust housings for harsh industrial environments where existing devices are to be connected into a LAN infrastructure.

By Control Engineering Staff
System Integrators December 13, 2007

Belden backs up wireless products with services

After introducing wireless capabilities earlier this year Belden announced a "comprehensive support program designed to ensure that the Belden Wireless Solution meets the ongoing needs of end users, and serves to protect their Wireless LAN infrastructure and investment."

By Control Engineering Staff
System Integrators December 6, 2007

Save up to 50%: Foot switches, LED pushbuttons

AutomationDirect adds foot switches and 22 mm pushbuttons to its line of product offerings. The switches, in single and double units, are designed for machines such as shearing and spinning machines, lathes, wrapping machines and riveting machines and presses. Foot switches are available in two operational formats: free movement and foot switch locked in neutral position.

By Control Engineering Staff
System Integrators December 4, 2007

Controller with Web support: DeviceNet communication added

York, PA — Red Lion Controls Inc. announces DeviceNet network support for the Data Station Plus and Modular Controller product series. Each previously offered advanced communication and data management solutions. The XCDN DeviceNet option card provides DeviceNet Slave connectivity for any Data Station Plus or Enhanced Modular Controller Master units. The card goes into the expansion slot during installation and configured using free Red Lion Crimson 2 software.

By Control Engineering Staff
System Integrators December 1, 2007

ArchestrA™ Certified SIs

A & E Engineering, Inc. United States ABIS s.c. Poland Actemium - Starren B.V. Netherlands Advanced Automation LLP United States ÅF Denmark AF Consult AB Sweden Affinity Automation United States AMR Automation cc South Africa Apex System Integration, LLC United States ARA Przedsiebiorstwo Automatyki Poland Aseco Integrated Systems, Ltd Canada Atos Origin France Atos Origin Nederland B.

By Control Engineering Staff
System Integrators November 30, 2007

2007: System integrator statistics; updated listings for 2008

Control Engineering collects information from system integrators listed in its Automation Integrator Guide. Here's some of what's been published in 2007 and the link to the often-updated 2008 online guide.

By Control Engineering Staff
System Integrators November 26, 2007

High honors: LogicaCMG names Elan MES “Best Fit” for life sciences industries

Elan's XFP Suite enables production visibility and control throughout the enterprise by optimizing the entire production cycle from raw material delivery to end product shipment in compliance with 21CFR part 11 and ISA 88/95.

By Manufacturing Business Technology Staff
System Integrators November 15, 2007

Rockwell Automation global support: 10 consecutive years of SCP Certification

Milwaukee, WI – Rockwell Automation’s North American Support Center has reached a new milestone, becoming the first organization to achieve Service Capability & Performance (SCP) Certification for 10 consecutive years.

By Control Engineering Staff
System Integrators November 12, 2007

BI on-demand: IBM to acquire Cognos

IBM is in motion to buy business intelligence (BI) solutions supplier Cognos in a deal valued at approximately $5 billion. Integrating Cognos marks the 23rd IBM acquisition in support of its on-demand strategy—this time, to go beyond the traditional uses of business intelligence.

By Manufacturing Business Technology Staff
System Integrators November 8, 2007

Counterfeit breakers: Square D imitations create hazards, claims Schneider Electric

Palatine, IL—Because of “serious health and safety hazards associated with counterfeit products,” Schneider Electric continues its commitment to pursuing those it says are selling and distributing counterfeit circuit breakers, the company noted, concerning three Oct. 30 statements. The company provides images of counterfeits.

By Control Engineering Staff
System Integrators November 8, 2007

Cabling caution: Are you following the rules in and around machinery?

Rosemont, IL—Because of safety and liability issues, more time is being devoted to selecting and installing wire and cable used in and around industrial machinery to ensure performance reliability, noted Lapp Group at National Manufacturing Week in late September. National Fire Protection Association 79 (NFPA 79) Electrical Standard for Industrial Machinery was revised in 2007. Are you aware of the new requirements? Key points about this and other applicable standards follow.

By Control Engineering Staff
System Integrators November 1, 2007

11 vehicles chosen for Nov. 3 DARPA Urban Challenge Event, blog tells more 

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) today announced that 11 vehicles have been selected as finalists to compete in the DARPA Urban Challenge Event on Nov. 3, 2007. A blog by Control Engineering magazine tells more.

By Control Engineering Staff
System Integrators November 1, 2007

Standard equipment: Yaskawa introduces mechatronic control system compatible with IEC 61131-3, PLCopen

Yaskawa Electric America released MotionWorks IEC Mechatronic Control System, which is compatible with both the IEC 61131-3 and PLCopen control programming standards. “International standards are extremely important for our OEM customers,” said John Payne, vice president for research and development at Yaskawa.

By Control Engineering Staff
System Integrators November 1, 2007

Rockwell Automation ups the ante with global process transformation

Rockwell Automation is best known as the leading U.S.-based automation vendor, but it's also a manufacturer in its own right. “We're a hardware manufacturer that makes thousands of products, most of them custom,” says Mike Jackson, VP of global business services and CIO. “We have 27 plants around the world and are doing more with partners and contract manufacturers.

By Staff
System Integrators November 1, 2007

Auditing legal health

Is it possible to conduct a self-audit to determine the “legal health” of a company in the automation industry? I would answer this question with a fairly confident—although very much qualified—yes. The reason for the qualification is that the legal health of a business has as much to do with its culture and people as it does with any “screen shot” that can b...

By Mark Voigtmann
System Integrators November 1, 2007

Surge protection for small panels

Designed for small distribution panels, the ZoneDefender2 from MTL Surge Technologies delivers economical, high capacity protection for single-phase applications where size is critical. The ZoneDefender2 provides ac and dc power surge protection with application flexibility due to a compact design. It provides protection for line to neutral, line to ground, line to line, and neutral to ground a...

By Control Engineering Staff
System Integrators October 31, 2007

Integration snags: U.K. lags in European supply chain for achieving “Perfect Order”

A recent report from Sterling Commerce, which surveyed more than 300 European IT managers, indicates nine out of 10 European retail and manufacturing businesses are struggling to automate the order-to-fulfillment cycle as a result of major application integration challenges.

By Manufacturing Business Technology Staff
System Integrators October 4, 2007

Connectors: All-plastic industrial design accepts larger cable

Binder-USA released a new version of the 692 and 693 series connectors. Cable plugs now will accept multi-conductor cables having an outer diameter of up to 14 mm. Previously, the largest acceptable cable diameter was 12 mm.

By Control Engineering Staff
System Integrators October 4, 2007

Wireless: Integrated RFID, asset tracking for Belden

Belden announced it has enhanced the Belden Wireless Solution to include integrated asset tracking and active radio frequency identification (RFID) capabilities. These capabilities are provided through a mutual, non-exclusive agreement with AeroScout of Redwood City, CA, a provider of Wi-Fi- based Active RFID products. Belden is a developer of signal transmission solutions for wired and wireless enterprise networks, and industrial, broadcast, residential and security markets.

By Control Engineering Staff
System Integrators October 4, 2007

Metric only? NEMA applauds EU proposed change in labeling directive

The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) welcomes the European Commission's Sept. 10 proposal to indefinitely postpone implementation of the European Union's (EU) 1980 metric-only labeling directive, which would have banned usage of non-metric units on products sold in the EU.

By Control Engineering Staff
System Integrators October 4, 2007

Product experience: Who leads with automation system integrators?

Among 1465 system integrators in the Control Engineering Automation Integrator Guide, a vast majority, 71%, say they have experience with Rockwell Automation Allen-Bradley products, 53% Siemens, 51% Wonderware, and 50% Schneider Electric. Rankings of the top 30 follow.

By Control Engineering Staff
System Integrators October 3, 2007

Fast tracking: Australian pharmaceutical maker automates regulatory compliance with MES

Sigma Pharmaceuticals Limited automated its regulatory compliance processes by adopting a manufacturing execution system (MES) with electronic batch record (eBR) capabilities.

By MBT Staff
System Integrators October 3, 2007

Turbomachinery health: Controlling large equipment like a process unit

Large pieces of rotating equipment, especially gas and steam turbine trains, can be as complicated as a process unit in their needs for monitoring, instrumentation and control. Keeping them running efficiently requires extensive sensor hardware coupled to a system to gather and analyze the information. Emerson Process Management recently made a major advance in their turbomachinery health monitoring offering with the integration of their CSI 6000 and PlantWeb architecture with API 670 certification. Through the PlantWeb digital plant architecture, the CSI 6000 machinery health monitor integrates with Emerson’s AMS suite of predictive maintenance applications enabling maintenance personnel to improve plant availability and performance.

By Control Engineering Staff
System Integrators October 2, 2007

ODVA advances: Specifications, intellectual property rules

There were 72 specification advancements in the Common Industrial Protocol (CIP) family of networks achieved in the past 18 months, as reviewed at the ODVA 2007 CIP Networks Conference and 12th Annual Meeting, as well as an upgrade in intellectual property rules.

By Control Engineering Staff
System Integrators October 1, 2007

News Briefs

Wireless “4G technology” definitions, products on horizon The official definition of wireless 4G technology is not scheduled until the 2008-2009 timeframe when the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) releases its IMT-Advanced requirements, yet the high-tech market research firm In-Stat reports that there are clear contenders for the designation. Primary 4G technologies of the future are expected to be Long Term Evolution (LTE), Ultra Mobile Broadband (UMB) and IEEE 802.16m WiMAX. Wireless technologies continue to migrate to controls and automation. North American robot sales jump 39% in first half New orders to North American robotics companies increased 39% the first half of this year, according to the Robotic Industries Association (RIA), the industry’s trade group.

By Staff
System Integrators October 1, 2007

Easy replication of programming with flash tool

The FlashDrop from ABB is a palm-sized tool for parameter selection and setting which can copy parameters between two identical drives or between a PC and a drive. Users can open the top of the box and place the FlashDrop wand into the access point built into ABB low voltage drives and they are programmed in as little as three seconds.

By Staff
System Integrators October 1, 2007

Symbol Factory library for ArchestrA enhances InTouch 10

Software Toolbox Inc. announced its new Symbol Factory for ArchestrA product, designed exclusively for Wonderware’s new InTouch 10 visualization platform, which brings more than 4,000 vector graphic scalable objects in more than 60 categories into the new InTouch 10 ArchestrA Symbol Editor.

By Control Engineering Staff
System Integrators September 24, 2007

RFID channel ready; end users not

A CompTIA survey finds disparate numbers between technology purchases and actual deployment.

By Manufacturing Business Technology Staff
System Integrators September 19, 2007

Symbol Factory for ArchestrA enhances InTouch 10

Symbols for chemical, building automation, water and wastewater, wire and cable and more empower users of Wonderware InTouch 10.

By Control Engineering Staff
System Integrators September 11, 2007

Enterprise solution partnership targets midsize discrete manufacturers

The IBM offerings, which include the Infor ERP LN Software and IBM Global Business Services, will help clients streamline operations and automate business processes.

By Manufacturing Business Technology Staff
System Integrators September 10, 2007

Advanced platform: Wonderware turns its HMI into single interface for production applications

Wonderware has made the InTouch HMI software the universal client for its System Platform, which contains a broad range of production and performance management applications.

By Kevin Parker, editorial director
System Integrators September 6, 2007

Finger safe: Power distribution blocks

Ferraz Shawmut FSPDBs (finger safe power distribution blocks) are said to introduce a new level of safety and ease for installing power distribution blocks, avoiding electrical shock, ensuring no one touches live parts.

By Control Engineering Staff
System Integrators September 6, 2007

Smart wireless services: 5 reasons

Below are five reasons one company thinks makers of automation, instruments, and controls, their customers, and system integrators, are “looking beyond product-based sales alone for differentiation, profit margin, and growth.” That’s according to a just-released nPhase white paper: “The Art of Smart Services: Building the Business Case.”

By Control Engineering Staff
System Integrators September 6, 2007

Garage startup: Wire, cable, network firm hits fast-growing list

In the September 2007 issue of Inc. magazine (on newsstands Aug. through Oct. 2), CableOrganizer.com, a provider of cable, wire, and equipment-management-related products, was named on the 26th annual Inc. 500 list of fastest growing private companies in America. The company’s products include raceways, cord covers, heat shrink tubing, enclosure racks, surge protectors, uninterruptible power supplies, wires, cables, and fiber-optic related items.

By Control Engineering Staff
System Integrators September 6, 2007

Wireless: Data collector, repeater

The new RTR-50 Data Collector from TandD is a USB connected base station with battery powered repeater mode. The RTR-50 base station is connected directly to a PC through the integrated USB port.

By Control Engineering Staff
System Integrators September 1, 2007

By the Numbers – 2007-09-01

82% of best-in-class companies use signal integrity tools as compared to 38% for laggards, says a “Weekly Research Recap” eNewsletter from Aberdeen Group, a Harte-Hanks Co., citing a “Printed Circuit Board Design Integrity: The Key to Successful PCB Development” benchmark report.

By Staff
System Integrators September 1, 2007

Let’s put information back in IT

IT means Information Technology, but often IT departments focus on the technology side and don’t give the information side equal attention. The information side deals with the form and format of data and with the data’s “metadata.” Metadata is data that is used to explain and describe other data.

By Dennis Brandl
System Integrators September 1, 2007

Emerging PLM vendor ecosystems will tame user process complexity

Product life-cycle management (PLM) adoption continues apace—even in some unexpected areas—as companies seek out collaborative, engineering-centric product development. Add to that the demand for expanded software integration and end-to-end PLM processes, and incumbent PLM software vendors are feeling a whole new kind of pressure to upgrade and evolve their capabilities.

By Staff
System Integrators August 21, 2007

Apriso logs record Q2 revenues, confirming need for Enterprise MES

Apriso completed a record sales quarter for the period ending June 30. New and expanded customer activity was driven by industry recognition that manufacturing execution systems (MES) have become a strategic enterprise application necessary to expand the visibility, reach, and control of ERP systems.

By Manufacturing Business Technology Staff
System Integrators August 14, 2007

System Integrator of the Year Competition — Deadline Extended

Control Engineering’s second annual System Integrator of the Year competition is underway, and the deadline has been extended to entries postmarked August 17. Electronic entries are not being accepted this year. See the entry form for full contest rules and information.

By Control Engineering Staff
System Integrators August 2, 2007

Wireless: Outdoor bridge, secure module, contest, modem

Recent wireless developments include Digi’s stand-alone wireless modem product line, Emerson Process Management contest for wireless innovators, Moore Industries increases security on wireless link module, and Moxa’s IP68 / IP67 rated wireless access point and bridge for outdoor use.

By Control Engineering Staff
System Integrators August 2, 2007

Application note: Wireless at Mt. Olive Pickle

Mt. Olive Pickle Co. Inc., the largest privately held pickle company in the U.S., is using voice over Internet protocol (VoIP) technology.

By Control Engineering Staff
System Integrators August 2, 2007

TEDS: Get smarter about plug and play smart sensors, suggests Frost & Sullivan

Despite extensive media coverage as well as publicity from a few renowned sensor and instrument companies, transducer electronic datasheet (TEDS) smart sensors have yet to achieve their expected level of growth and acceptance.

By Control Engineering Staff
System Integrators August 2, 2007

Cooper reports IBEW praise for wireless open circuit detector

Cooper Bussmann reports that the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) has recognized the Cooper InVision Downtime-Reduction System as being a product and program that can make a significant impact on its members in the field.

By Control Engineering Staff
System Integrators August 2, 2007

What regions do automation system integrators serve?

System integrators supplying information to the 2007 Control Engineering Automation Integrator Guide serve many regions. The least served area mentioned is Canada, but it isn’t underserved at all. Half the system integrators replying say they’d accept projects in Canada. The most served area is East North Central U.S. at 65%.

By Control Engineering Staff
System Integrators August 2, 2007

Low profile: Switching power supplies

SPM Series Low Profile Switching Power Supplies from Carlo Gavazzi feature a very compact depth of 2.2 in. (55.5 mm) and are ideally suited for shallow enclosures and distribution boxes. Low profile design provides a flush installation into DIN standard electrical boxes.

By Control Engineering Staff
System Integrators August 1, 2007

SOA explained

The most recent buzzword in the IT industry is SOA, short for service oriented architecture. SOA is the current favorite of IT managers, system integrators and IT vendors, yet few managers, integrators, or vendors agree on what it really is. SOA is not a product, technology, or architecture. SOA is just a concept for integrating applications.

By Dennis Brandl
System Integrators August 1, 2007

New alliance #1: Invensys selects NextNine platform for remote monitoring & support

There are few things in a process plant environment that have not been automated to some extent, so it should be no surprise to know that software platform suppliers are trying to automate technical support. While your first reaction may be that it is simply an attempt to cut costs, bear in mind that automated support is available on demand, 24x7x365, and it already knows everything about your system. Invensys is now working to integrate support for its Foxboro I/A systems using NextNine Service Automation platform and its Virtual Support Engineer. Invensys says this new capability will be integrated into its Process Systems’ Sentinel Monitoring System, designed to monitor and support operating infrastructure for I/A control systems.

By Control Engineering Staff
System Integrators August 1, 2007

Use, comment on Make2Pack and ISA-88 Part 5 standards

Products will flow more efficiently from production through packaging as those on standards committees and others continue to refine the details of ISA-88 Part 5. Machine builders, users, automation vendors, system integrators and others are providing input for “Batch Control Part 5: Working Draft 03, June 2007” via the “Comment Form, Working Draft 03, June 2007,” availa...

By Staff
System Integrators July 31, 2007

Machine building: Battery-operated tool speeds programming of hundreds of units

New Berlin, WI—Automation makes repetitive processes quicker and easier. Now, distributors, machine builders and system integrators who need identical programming across a host of drives for machine production or repeatable processes have their own automated tool.

By Control Engineering Staff
System Integrators July 17, 2007

Standards: Comment on, take advantage of Make2Pack, ISA-88 Part 5

Boost efficiency and save time: ‘Put science around the magic dust.’ Submit your thoughts on this draft, editorial or technical, minor or major.

By Control Engineering Staff
System Integrators July 12, 2007

Panel displays: German group gets new, welcomes international members

Frankfurt, Germany—The German Flat Panel Display Forum (DFF), a working group within the German Engineering Federation, elected its new board of directors during the General Assembly of the DFF in Frankfurt June 20, 2007.

By Control Engineering Staff
System Integrators July 5, 2007

CSIA: Integrator insurance program expands, Benham joins

Exton, PA —Good news for system integrators includes formation of a CSIA insurance company, expanding the existing insurance program, and news that the Benham Companies , one of the largest U.S. design-built companies, joined the Control System Integrators Association (CSIA) . Benham was the only one of three winners of the Control Engineering 2007 System Integrator of the Year that wasn’t a CSIA member. Insurance update: At the CSIA conference in Santa Fe New Mexico, in April, attendees were provided an update on the status of the CSIA Insurance Program, established seven years ago to help members access insurance which provides the specialized coverage they require at appropriate rates. A primary focus, CSIA says, has always been ensuring that insured activities are properly coded or classified, a considerable challenge when dealing with underwriters who may not understand what an integrator does. The program provides members of CSIA coverage for workers compensation, general, auto and professional liability (errors and omissions), property and umbrella coverage, as well as some ancillary coverages required for member’s non-integration activities.

By Control Engineering Staff
System Integrators July 5, 2007

Automation: System integrator leading corporate affiliations

Oak Brook, IL —Automation system integrators name their corporate affiliations when applying for listings in the Control Engineering Automation Integrator Guide. The top three corporate vendor affiliations by integrators in the 2007 guide are Allen-Bradley (Rockwell Automation) at 34%, Wonderware (Invensys) 29%, and GE Fanuc Automation 26%. Other leading corporate affiliations are Rockwell Automation 25%, Rockwell Software 24%, Siemens 19%, and Schneider Electric 18%. Others, in descending order are Microsoft, ABB, Phoenix Contact, National Instruments, General Electric, AutomationDirect, DVT (Cognex), Cognex, Emerson Process, Opto 22, Eaton Electrical, Omron Electronic, Fanuc Robotics, and Honeywell. Use the multiparameter search to search by corporate affiliation or six other parameters in the Control Engineering Automation Integrator Guide .

By Control Engineering Staff
System Integrators July 1, 2007

Systems link product design, purchasing, sales, and service inside the intelligent factory

In a high-profile speech at the Hannover Trade Fair in Germany in April, Klaus Wucherer, a member of Siemens' senior executive board, said the company is finally poised to deliver on the promise of a digital factory, which it first envisioned two decades ago. Wucherer also said that vision has been enhanced somewhat thanks to recent technological advances.

By Staff
System Integrators July 1, 2007

ERP enters age of infrastructure

The market for ERP software—the integrated enterprise management suites that companies rely on for everything from accounting to manufacturing management—is clipping along nicely. Some analysts peg market growth as high as 10 percent, but despite this healthy outlook, it's a space that has undergone major transformation in the last several years.

By Roberto Michel, senior contributing editor
System Integrators July 1, 2007

Sanitizing Emails

At the recent CSIA executive conference in Santa Fe, I spoke on a serious topic, but with a tongue-in-cheek title. The title was “How to Write Letters and Emails That Don’t Drive Your Lawyer Crazy.” Following that talk, I probably received more requests for my slides than after any other automation law talk I have given then or since.

By Mark Voigtmann
System Integrators July 1, 2007

Ethernet switch for high time accuracy

Ethernet switch from Westermo is designed to operate with high accuracy time synchronization off-the-shelf on both SNTP/NTP and PTP open standard protocols. Allowing events to be time stamped with high accuracy precision, Ethernet switch provides a full and exact history of data events with 1 microsecond to 20 nanoseconds accuracy for sophisticated and critical industrial processes.

By Staff
System Integrators June 7, 2007

Power supplies: small ac / dc, 160 W unit

XL160 Series of ultra small, highly efficient ac/dc power supplies from Power Sources Unlimited pack 160 W of power into a 3 x 5 x 1.25 in. package.

By Control Engineering Staff
System Integrators June 7, 2007

Integrator program: Education, support, discounts

Sixnet—manufacturer of industrial automation, data-acquisition and Ethernet connectivity products—recently explained how it shares technologies, provides support, and does not do system integration, so it doesn’t compete with system integrators for business

By Control Engineering Staff
System Integrators June 1, 2007

Acceleration appliance vendors targeting specific verticals, functional areas

At times it seems as if IT and business strategies are moving in opposite directions. For example, as manufacturers adopt business models that call for operating multiple plants and collaborating with numerous partners around the globe, they also are exhibiting a greater appetite for standard business applications that can be managed from central data centers.

By Staff
System Integrators May 14, 2007

Enhancements for remote surveillance

Version 3.0 of Longwatch’s Video Surveillance System enables SCADA system operators to monitor remote locations visually using existing communication networks.

By Control Engineering Staff
System Integrators May 10, 2007

In, out, and about HMI: Touch panel, video wall, display exhibition

Among the notable products and events related to HMIs this month are a new 17-in. diagonal touch panel from Fujitsu Components, video wall cubes from Mitsubishi Digital Electronics America, and an upcoming display exhibition from the Society for Information Display to be held in California at the end of May. Details and links to more information follow. A new off-the-shelf, 17-in.

By Control Engineering Staff
System Integrators May 3, 2007

Power: Connectors 15-180 A, through 600 V, ac or dc

Anderson Power Products (APP) offers the Powerpole, PCB Series, Power Pak, Bus Bar, SBS, SB, SBE, SBO and SBX connectors of various gender, contact types, termination, wire and pin length, and applicable tooling, and accessory items.

By Control Engineering Staff
System Integrators May 3, 2007

Less hardwiring: Faster network connections save time, money

Automatic Feed Co., designer and manufacturer of coil handling and press feeding automation systems, moved to a “one-day build cycle” by standardizing equipment and distributing control devices throughout their machine. This process, coined distributed device architecture or DDA, has allowed the company to drastically improve its productivity, reliability, and quality.

By Control Engineering Staff
System Integrators April 12, 2007

Programming: .NET-based development for distributed, real-time systems

As One Technologies Inc . formally released Catalyst, a .NET based development suite that builds on the capabilities of As One's IQB software and its patented agent technology. The Catalyst architecture is said to increase productivity around the design and implementation of highly integrated, distributed, real-time systems, while providing flexibility for continuous improvement.

By Control Engineering Staff
System Integrators April 5, 2007

Power supply: 1U high, 400 W, status, control

APS introduced its 400 Watt Switching Power supply with industrial or medical specifications. Advanced Power Solutions (APS) introduced a 400 Watt Switching Power Supply measuring 8 x 5 x 1.60-in. that is said to offer "full-featured status and control signals for today's leading edge systems," and to handle peak loads up to 700 W, (often required during systems start-up). These supplies feature universal ac input with active power-factor correction, single outputs ranging from 2.5-58 V dc, and output power up to 400 W.

By Control Engineering Staff
System Integrators April 5, 2007

Safety: Mushroom-shaped red heavy duty industrial control switch

Phaseda LLC offers heavy-duty industrial control switches. Phaseda LLC introduces its heavy-duty industrial control switches. The HY57 series has a mushroom-shaped red button, designed for easy access in critical operations.

By Control Engineering Staff
System Integrators April 5, 2007

RFID poll: Manufacturing, control engineering lead decision-making

Manufacturing and control engineering personnel will make the majority of RFID decisions in the next 12 months, according to an online poll related to the February 2007 Control Engineering cover story. The article, "What's Your RFID Spin?" asked readers to go online and take a 10-second survey: "Within the next 12 months, who's making the majority of RFID decisions at your place?" Of those responding to this unscientific poll:41% said the manufacturing or control engineering department;12% IT department;15% Both;0% Neither;15% Management (beyond who's listed above);6% System integrator;9% RFID OEM; and3% Other consultants. The total exceeds 100% due to rounding. The article, " What's Your RFID Spin? " talks about the latest in RFID for manufacturing. — Mark T. Hoske , editor in chief, Control Engineering System Integration eNewsletter.

By Control Engineering Staff
System Integrators April 3, 2007

CAN interface: Board allows access to two networks

CAN-PCIe/2000 from esd electronics Inc. can be specified with two CAN channels for access to separate networks running at different baud rates, one to handle high-priority tasks and the other non-critical operations. Greenfield, MA —PCI Express CAN Interface is called the first of its kind on the market by developer esd electronics Inc .

By Control Engineering Staff
System Integrators March 8, 2007

Opto 22: Integration of control components gets easier with new tools

OptoDataLink, part of the PAC Project Professional Software Suite from Opto 22, transparently provides multiple connections for exchanging data. Opto 22 recently released a series of products to make things easier and more economical for automation system integration of various control components. OptoDataLink, enterprise connectivity software application (part of the PAC Project Professional software suite), allows Snap PAC System users to create a bi-directional data transfer link between PACs and enterprise databases, using standard methods and file types, without recreating tag names. With OptoDataLink, users can consolidate and publish data from Snap PAC controllers and brains to Microsoft SQL Server, Microsoft Access, and MySQL, among others.

By Control Engineering Staff
System Integrators March 1, 2007

Asian partnerships get specific

Like their customers, control system suppliers in the U.S. are increasingly outsourcing higher level assembly, system, and functional testing to countries around the globe. (See “Automation Industry Looks to Asia,” in the February 2007 issue of Control Engineering.) But companies are not just chasing cheap labor.

By Renee Robbins
System Integrators March 1, 2007

Which language is next?

A reader recently asked what programming language will next take the control world by storm. The question is important, because a lot of system integrators and application developers are looking for the “right” answer. Unfortunately, there is no single right answer. Different problems require different languages.

By Dennis Brandl
System Integrators January 25, 2007

Positioning: Electronic indexer claims to double throughput

Danaher Motion's Rotary Indexer product set has software selectable motion sequences. Danaher Motion introduced their Rotary Indexer Product Set, which is fully programmable direct drive solution providing precise, repeatable and flexible electronic indexing in a compact, affordable package. The company claims the set delivers a significant increase in throughput without maintenance, compared with mechanical indexers.

By Control Engineering Staff
System Integrators January 19, 2007

Siemens automation and motion, power groups get new leaders

Siemens organizations for automation and motion and power distribution and controls have new leadership. As of Jan. 15, 2007, Tom Kopanski, formerly vice president of the Automation and Motion Division (AMD) at Siemens Energy and Automation (SE&A), took over the helm as vice president of the company’s Power Distribution and Controls Division (PD&C).

By Control Engineering Staff
System Integrators January 16, 2007

Energy reduction: Wireless sub-metering cuts use, costs

Wi-LEM family of sub-metering components from LEM S.A. is said to identify performance problems in processes and systems; determine opportunities for increasing efficiency; and allocate energy costs to specific processes. Geneva, Switzerland, and Milwaukee, WI —Wi-LEM (wireless local energy meter) family of components from LEM S.A.

By Control Engineering Staff
System Integrators January 5, 2007

Control Engineering 2007 System Integrator of the Year Winner (Advanced Automation)

As a matter of course, selecting a systems integration partner can be a daunting task. You want to select an integration partner that adds value, protects your interests, and that will work with you to meet your schedule and budgets. For Advanced Automation, addressing the needs of our clients is everything and why we believe we were selected as 2007 System Integrator of the Year.

By Control Engineering Staff
System Integrators January 4, 2007

Integration ease: Agilent certifies Averna as a system integrator

Averna received certification as Agilent Technologies Channel Partner, for smoother integration of related technologies, including general-purpose instruments, test system components, data acquisition products, optical network test, wireless test products, and LXI-compliant products from Agilent. Certifications can benefit end-users in several ways. Stringent certification requirements for Agilent Channel Partners are said to ensure that system integrators are recognized as established, meet quality benchmarks, and are deemed a leading integrator of Agilent products. "To have been selected as a Channel Partner is an honor and great evidence of the trust Agilent has placed in Averna," says Pascal Pilon, president of Averna Technologies. He expects the agreement to complement established expertise and add value for customers.

By Control Engineering Staff
System Integrators January 2, 2007

Quick disconnect: Cordset has ‘lock-in-place’ coupling

Lock-in-place connection of the ecolink M12 cordsets from ifm efector withstands shock, vibration, and over-torquing. Exton, PA —The ecolink M12 cordset product line from ifm efector features a "lock-in-place" coupling nut that secures the cordset to a quick disconnect sensor and prevents the cordset from detaching even in high-shock and vibration environments. The ecolink insert design acts as a mechanical end-stop that prevents possible damage to the Viton o-ring from over-tightening.

By Control Engineering Staff
System Integrators January 1, 2007

Partners with global perspective

In many respects, the historical outsourcing model is broken, says Bruce Rayner, director of research and consulting for Technology Forecasters Inc. (TFI). With notable exceptions, most of the industry is “failing in the most basic economic measures of business success.” Despite that, the push to outsource continues, and manufacturers must find ways to make these projects successful.

By Renee Robins
System Integrators December 21, 2006

Project: Baton Rouge Wastewater Pump Station SCADA System (December 18, 2006)

December 18, 2006 With the holiday season upon us, we are once again reminded that we have so much to be grateful for: our health, our families, and our friends, and we at QDS Systems would like to take this opportunity to wish all of our readers, coworkers, and associates a joyful holiday season and a very successful and prosperous new year. Our next entry will be in the New Year when we will be renewed, hopeful, and excited at the prospects of a brighter tomorrow. The system integration blog update will take a brief hiatus from its regular weekly updates during the upcoming holidays. Watch for its return early in January.

By Control Engineering Staff
System Integrators December 16, 2006

Automation Integrator Guide 2007 – Table of Contents, links to articles

Automation Integrator Guide 2007 - Table of Contents and links to articles for the 2007 edition articles, printed December 2006

System Integrators December 15, 2006

Mottos, slogans and words

You might recall Shakespeare’s discourse on the word “rose” when he questioned, “What’s in a name?” While a rose by any other name would smell as sweet, those who create mottos go to great lengths to choose specific words with universal meaning and interpretation. That’s why I’m particularly pleased with the new Control System Integrators Associat...

By Norm O'Leary, executive director CSIA
System Integrators December 5, 2006

Focus on embedded: E-site targets industry news, commentary, blogs

Austin, TX —A new, independent e-site is focusing on news, information, and commentary about the embedded computing industry. EmbeddedDirt.com is termed uncomplicated and unbiased by site developer and operator Godsey Technical Associates LLC (GTA). Site is said to include blogs and opinions (with RSS feed capability) and listings to help locate online resources pertinent to the embedded computing industry. The site takes a three-pronged approach to presenting information: Blog offers news, information, and commentary on the embedded computing industry and encourages comments.

By Control Engineering Staff
System Integrators November 21, 2006

Sensitive to the touch: New technology increases switch, sensor durability

New touch-sensitive technology from ITW ActiveTouch is said to offer high levels of switch, sensor, and control system durability in a variety of harsh and hazardous applications and environments. Buffalo Grove, IL —A new touch-sensitive technology said to attain levels of switch, sensor, and control system durability impossible to achieve in the past has been developed by ITW ActiveTouch, a unit of Illinois Tool Works Inc. The technology, the result of seven years of research and development, says ITW, is available in modular switches, keypads, and keyboards, or can be integrated into custom bezels or panels.

By Control Engineering Staff
System Integrators November 9, 2006

Analysis: Benefits of tighter GE Fanuc, SAP integration

Automation needs to integrate with enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems to maximize benefits to an organization and its supply chain. The other side of the coin is that some ERP installations haven't delivered as promised because of lack of real-time integration with other areas of the enterprise, plant floor included. Beyond a marketing announcement, GE Fanuc Automation and SAP America Inc .

By Control Engineering Staff
System Integrators November 2, 2006

Multi-port sensor distribution boxes fit M8 or M12

ASI sensor distribution boxes have 4, 6, 8 ports, for M8 or M12 connectors. Automation Systems Interconnect Inc . released new sensor distribution boxes, available in 4, 6, or 8 ports, with or without a molded cable, in M8 and M12 connector sizes.

By Control Engineering Staff
System Integrators October 31, 2006

Space saver: Isolated dc/dc converter

EUS34-096 fixed conversion ratio isolated converter from C&D Technologies features 2,250 V input-to-output isolation and up to 300 W output. Mansfield, MA —EUS34-096 fixed 5:1 conversion ratio isolated dc/dc converter from C&D Technologies is designed to power multiple downstream, non-isolated point-of-load converters in intermediate bus architecture (IBA) applications found in computer and telecommunications equipment. Device incorporates input-to-output isolation of up to 2,250 V dc, reportedly to achieve cost and space savings through the use of non-isolated POL converters instead of larger, more expensive isolated versions. Module has an industry standard eighth-brick footprint and an input voltage range of 38 to 55 V dc.

By Control Engineering Staff
System Integrators October 26, 2006

Motion control: SKF repositions to provide motion systems

Mechatronics is the confluence of mechanical engineering, electronic engineering, and software engineering. Source: SKF USA There's growth in them thar systems! At least, that's what Swedish lubricants and seals giant SKF believes, and they want to get some. In early October, they unveiled a plan to turn themselves into a 'global knowledge engineering company' with systems-level expertise in lubricants, seals, and bearings, to help in motion control applications. So, what is a 'global knowledge engineering company,' anyway? To answer that question, George Dettloff, president and CEO of SKF USA said: 'Our focus is to provide customers with solutions developed from our unequalled experience and knowledge—solutions which ultimately make our customers more competitive and profitable.' The company sums it up with a new mission: 'To equip the world with SKF knowledge.' In supporting customers with high-performance lubricants, seals and bearings, SKF has dealt with most of the trickiest gremlins that plague motion control applications.

By Control Engineering Staff
System Integrators October 26, 2006

Sensors: Pump monitoring system uses pump noise to head off failures

DA400 from Siemens uses acoustic signature to spot future maintenance problems. Siemens Energy & Automation's acoustic diagnostics system takes preventive maintenance on oscillating positive-displacement pumps to a new technological level. The Sitrans DA400 acoustic diagnostic system continuously monitors pump status and detects even the smallest leaks on pump valves.

By Control Engineering Staff
System Integrators October 24, 2006

ISA Expo 2006: Industrial strength wireless device networking

Xpress DR+ wireless device server from Lantronix allows equipment to be connected to 802.11 b/g networks in harsh environments. Irvine, CA and Houston, TX — Lantronix Inc . was among many companies at ISA Expo 2006 continuing expansion of the wireless world with the launch of its first wireless device server for extreme environments.

By Control Engineering Staff
System Integrators October 17, 2006

Online resources: Power supply design goes electronic

New online center from Microchip Technology Inc. is intended to provide designers with technical tools and resources to develop analog power-supply applications. Chandler, AZ —Technical tools and resources to design analog power-supply applications are now available online.

By Control Engineering Staff
System Integrators October 5, 2006

Jump-start design: Ultracapacitors booste engine starts

System integration sometimes involves looking at tried and true (tired and blue?) technologies and updating the designs. In most vehicles, batteries power a starter that cycles the engine until it starts. It's been that way since starters replaced hand cranks.

By Control Engineering Staff
System Integrators October 3, 2006

Mesh networks: ZigBee provides mesh for wireless nets

ZigBee networks connect control nodes and target nodes wirelessly in a mesh structure. Each node communicates with its nearest neighbors, so command signals propagate across the network via multiple paths rather than directly. Should one path become unusable (because a node fails or a communication link becomes blocked), the command can reach its target via other paths.

By Control Engineering Staff
System Integrators September 19, 2006

Plant expansion: Control systems company plans new facility

Groundbreaking ceremonies for PCT Engineered Systems LLC officially launched construction of the company's 43,000 sq ft facility expansion. Davenport, IA— Construction of PCT Engineered Systems LLC 's new facility got underway early this month with a groundbreaking ceremony for the 43,000 sq ft expansion. The plant is being built in the Eastern Iowa Industrial Center in northwest Davenport.

By Control Engineering Staff
System Integrators September 1, 2006

Digi International adds more wireless capability

Digi International Inc. acquired MaxStream Inc., described as a “fast-growing, privately held corporation and a leader in the wireless device networking market.” The acquisition is a merger transaction for $38.5 million of cash and stock, with $19.25 million paid in cash and $19.25 million in Digi stock.

By Staff
System Integrators September 1, 2006

Ride the enterprise service bus

The typical IT environment is a federation of systems. The term “federation” in the IT world is applied to collections of applications from multiple vendors that work together to support business processes. A federation may include separate applications for material management, order processing, supply chain management, etc.

By Dennis Brandl, BR&L Consulting
System Integrators August 30, 2006

Control Engineering presents – New ARC White paper – PROFIsafe: Networked Safety for Process Factory Automation

New ARC Whitepaper PROFIsafe: Networked Safety for Process and Factory Automation Dear Reader,Siemens invites you to download a complimentary copy of a new white paper entitled ' PROFIsafe: Networked Safety for Process and Factory Automation .'In this paper, the ARC Advisory Group , the leading Manufacturing and Supply Chain research and advisory firm, shows why safety has evolved from being a cost burden and “necessary evil” to a strategy for improving productivity and reducing downtime. Download this valuable paper, which we are only offering for a limited time, and learn how you can: Curtail Downtime : Quickly bring production up to speed after a safety trip Increase OEE and ROA : Keep machines running and personnel safe Meet International Safety Standards : Machine OEMs can deploy globally acceptable safety solutions Reduce Installation Time : Significantly cut wiring time by implementing a single bus architecture In this paper you will also learn how one manufacturer cut integration times by 30 to 35% and another reduced wiring times by as much as 30% .ARC states '... two-bus architectures are a thing of the past, ....For new projects, machine builders, system integrators and end-users should find out howa single bus strategy can both cut installation costs and lower TCO for future production equipment .' Download this paper now and learn why!Siemens is committed to help you improve your automation implementations.

By Control Engineering Staff
System Integrators August 24, 2006

Higher growth seen for linear motors

Many companies are seeking to purchase complete industrial automation systems rather than components assembled in-house. Engineering staffing reductions in recent years has accelerated this trend and influenced the direct drives market, says IMS Research . A recent IMS Research study on direct drives says the global market for linear motor (LM) systems, forecast to be $354.1 million in 2005, was almost double that of the LM components market. Growth rates also indicated that there will be a continued shift to pre-assembled systems with linear motor systems growing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 11% compared with 8.5% for linear motor components, IMS Research says.

By Control Engineering Staff
System Integrators August 21, 2006

High reliability RFID tag targets harsh industrial use

Sokymat’s new RFID tag is designed for harsh industrial and outdoor environments. Granges, Switzerland — Sokymat SA announces the launch of a new radio frequency identification (RFID) tag designed for harsh industrial and outdoor environments. The In Tag complements Sokymat’s current product portfolio of high reliability and high performance tags for industrial and logistics applications. Available in low and high frequencies, the tag is said to be ideal for items that need to be securely identified and that are regularly subjected to high thermal and/or mechanical stress conditions.

By Control Engineering Staff
System Integrators August 18, 2006

Ethernet now in hazardous locations

Three new products from Cirronet ’s SEM wireless Ethernet bridges line are UL-approved for use in hazardous Class I, Division 1 areas. The devices, SEM910-HL, SEM2410-HL, and SEM2411-HL, offer 10/100 base-T Ethernet connectivity and are suited for use in many factory and industrial settings. Cirronet designed the products so that system integrators and network designers could take wireless Ethernet to very hazardous places, such as oil fields, gasoline refineries, and coal mines. Each product features enclosures with windows in order to easily view status indicators, and also a gas-tight RF connection system allows antennas to be mounted remotely from the SEM.

By Control Engineering Staff
System Integrators August 11, 2006

How to do packaging automation, revised

There’s a resource that might offer everything you ever wanted to know about packaging automation, but may have been afraid to ask. Packaging equipment manufacturers, automation suppliers, end-users, and system integrators can download a free revised document on how to automate packaging machinery in standard ways: “Guidelines for Packaging Automation, Version 3.1,” from OMAC Packaging Workgroup (OPW) . OPW is part of the Open Modular Architecture Controls Users’ Group, an affiliate organization of ISA . More than 40 organizations and over 70 individuals contributed to the revised document, available free at OPW’s Website, www.omac.org/packaging . Such guidelines are said to help prevent incompatibility nightmares in design, architecture, and ways of doing things with packaging machinery.

By Control Engineering Staff
System Integrators August 3, 2006

System integrator award deadline extended to Aug. 10; judges named

Oak Brook , IL —As entries for Control Engineering ’s System Integrator of the Year Award roll in, the deadline was extended to Aug. 10, and contest judges were named. “I know a number of firms have been working to complete the application in time,” says Control Engineering ’s Vance VanDoren, system integration editor. “The brief extension gives system integrators a few extra days before distributing materials to judges.” Criteria for the new award are business skills, technical competence, and customer satisfaction.

By Control Engineering Staff
System Integrators August 1, 2006

Parker adopts environmentally friendly plating process

Steel parts and fittings from Parker Hannifin’s Hose Products Div. will no longer be plated with hexavalent chromium (Cr6) as the company moves to comply with EU directives. The chromium-6-free plating is identifiable by it silver appearance.

By Control Engineering Staff
System Integrators July 31, 2006

Step motor, driver, controller

SilverPak 17T integrates a bipolar, 1.8°, NEMA 17 step motor with a microstepping driver and intelligent controller into one compact unit for easy system integration.

By Control Engineering Staff
System Integrators July 11, 2006

Software radio transceiver for communication systems

Model 7142 PMC module from Pentek Inc. provides software radio transceiver functions for IF or RF communications systems and features dual Virtex-4 FPGAs, four A/D converters, and more memory than its predecessor. Upper Saddle River, NJ— Model 7142 PMC module from Pentek Inc.

By Control Engineering Staff
System Integrators June 14, 2006

Engineering, integration company expands in Davenport

PCT Engineered Systems LLC is excited to announce plans for a new 40,000 ft sq facility in the Eastern Iowa Industrial Center (EIIC) in northwest Davenport. The facility will support the continued growth in providing engineering and manufacturing services with expertise in control system integration, drive system applications, custom machine fabrication, combustion systems, and plant floor IT applications. PCT is also the manufacturer of BroadBeam electron beam processors. Terry Thompson, president of PCT.

By Control Engineering Staff
System Integrators June 13, 2006

System Integrator Award info delivered via podcast

Oak Brook, IL·Control Engineering's Vance VanDoren, normally an interviewer of system integrators and others, was the featured speaker on the May 25 edition of Better Process Podcast.

By Control Engineering Staff
System Integrators June 8, 2006

ISA-SP100 wireless standard committee forms 2 work groups

ISA's Wireless Systems for Automation standards committee (ISA-SP100) agreed to form two new standards working groups, SP100.14 and SP100.11.

By Control Engineering Staff
System Integrators June 1, 2006

Wireless Network Streamlines Embroidery, Monogramming

Applying logos and other designs on shirts, jackets, caps, and accessories has become an enormous industry, with sports teams, theme parks, and corporations doing their best to advance their brands through apparel. There's also movement toward mass customization, which fosters a demanding high-quality, small-order production environment.

By Tim Cutler
System Integrators June 1, 2006

System integrator of the year sought

System integrators are invited to apply for the first-ever Control Engineering System Integrator of the Year Awards. Deadline for application is Aug. 1, 2006. The goal of the contest is to help end-users identify and evaluate excellence in the system integration arena. The winner will be featured on the cover Control Engineering's 2007 Automation Integrator Guide, the most c...

By Staff
System Integrators May 23, 2006

First-ever ‘System Integrator of the Year’ awards seeks entries

Oak Brook, IL—Control Engineering announces its first-ever "System Integrator of the Year" awards. Contract engineering firms and engineering divisions of large companies that design and implement computerized control systems for industrial machinery, manufacturing lines, or other automated facilities are invited to enter the competition.

By Control Engineering Staff
System Integrators May 9, 2006

Stand-alone amplifier for analog signal processing

SHM-50 Series stand-alone, sample hold amplifier from C&D Technologies Inc. features a fast acquisition time with up to 0.005% accuracy and a TTL interface. Blue Bell, PA —A miniature, high-speed, stand-alone sample-hold amplifier from C&D Technologies Inc.

By Control Engineering Staff
System Integrators May 4, 2006

3 client benefits of system integrator certification; annual meeting

Those who hire system integrators derive benefits when the integrators are certified by the Control System Integrators Association (CSIA), according to points made in a Control Engineering April 2006 article. Key benefits follow, along with a link to information about the annual CSIA meeting this month.

By Control Engineering Staff
System Integrators May 4, 2006

Wide-input point of load dc/dc converters

FDK Corp. enters the standard dc/dc converter market with introduction of a new series of wide-input, non-isolated point of load (POL) converters. Senpai Series is said to provide leading edge performance in industry-standard footprints.

By Control Engineering Staff
System Integrators May 1, 2006

Get a techno-attorney

A) Putting too many engineers on one project can complicate things unnecessarily. B) Putting too many attorneys in one room can complicate things unnecessarily. C) Putting engineers and technology-minded attorneys on the same team from project inception can save time, grief, and money. Jokes are funniest when they're based in truth; there's a bit of humor in A and B.

By Mark T. Hoske, Editor-in-Chief
System Integrators May 1, 2006

By the Numbers – 2006-05-01

75 government and military standards on product data management, configuration management, engineering drawing practices, product materials content, manufacturing quality, and units of measure have been collected, and are available for free download, at www.product-lifecycle-management.com 20% more robots will be installed in Asia from 2006-9 than in Europe and North America, says the Internati...

By Staff
System Integrators April 6, 2006

CiA board of directors re-elected

Erlangen, Germany —The annual general assembly of the CAN in Automation (CiA) international users’ and manufacturers’ group was held in March 2006. The 420-member group elected the three-member board: Arnulf Lockmann as business director, Heinz-Jürgen Oertel as technical director, and Holger Zeltwanger as managing director. There are no changes to last year’s board of directors.

By Control Engineering Staff
System Integrators March 2, 2006

System integrators announce 2006 conference to exchange ideas

System integrators will gather to exchange ideas, experiences, and insights about technologies, business, and applications in May. Anticipating another record-breaking executive conference, CSIA (Control System Integrators Association) announced the annual meeting of its members will take place May 11-14 at the Marriott Bay Point Resort, Panama City, FL. “Each of the last five years has seen attendance records set at our annual conferences,” CSIA Executive Director Norman O’Leary declared, “and judging by early interest, we expect another large turnout in Florida. As we have since our first conference in 1993,” he continued, “the program will be directed at top management of our system integrator-members, with content heavily focused on business– in support of our belief that being a good system integrator goes hand in hand with operating a good business.

By Control Engineering Staff
System Integrators February 22, 2006

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By Control Engineering Staff
System Integrators February 22, 2006

Wildcard Homepage Blog

Standard profits: Make2Pack and ISA88 Help increase interest in and use of WBF Make2Pack ISA-88 Part 5. Read and comment to gain competitive advantage with manufacturing information integration. View the blog.

By Control Engineering Staff
System Integrators February 9, 2006

Wonderware completes SAP interoperability certification

Wonderware , a business unit of Invensys Systems Inc., today announced that its Enterprise Integration Application 2.0 has completed certification as part of the SAP's 'Interoperability Certification' program, which recognizes applications that integrate industry standards such as ISA-95. For more than a year, Wonderware has worked closely with SAP and a set of early adopter end-users to implement ISA-95-based software. Wonderware's Enterprise Integration Application is said to enable manufacturers to improve operational performance by integrating diverse sets of manufacturing systems and business applications to achieve greater levels of business productivity. Wonderware's certified enterprise integration application leverages SAP's NetWeaver Exchange Infrastructure (XI) and open plant system integration capabilities from Wonderware to create a standard B2MML XML implementation of the ISA-95 standard. As a result, Wonderware is now qualified by SAP as 'Certified for SAP NetWeaver,' which is the first step in receiving the 'Powered by SAP NetWeaver' partner status. Wonderware's Enterprise Integration Application is part of Wonderware's production and performance management software solution offerings, which includes applications such as manufacturing execution system, reporting, analysis, and key performance indicator functionality. —David Greenfield, editorial director, Control Engineering dgreenfield@reedbusiness.com.

By Control Engineering Staff
System Integrators February 2, 2006

ZigBee modules for custom code

OEMs and system integrators will have the ability to easily load their own code to the XBee and XBee-PRO RF module’s processor with MaxStream Inc .’s new version of the XBee development kit. Included in the developer’s kit are code and instructions for implementing and integrating Freescale/Figure8 ZigBee stack, Freescale SMAC, or 802.15.4 firmware into custom-tailored application code. Also included are redesigned interface boards with additional switches and LEDs. — Richard Phelps, senior editor, Control Engineering richard.phelps@reedbusiness.com.

By Control Engineering Staff
System Integrators February 1, 2006

OAC offers much to manufacturers

What are the trade-offs between open- and closed-architecture controllers? Advantages of open-architecture controls (OACs) include controlling parameters other than position and speed. For example, process parameters, such as power and force control, are key in grinding operations—where the grinding wheel may become duller (or sharper) during operations.

By Thomas R. Kurfess, International Center for Automotive Research at Clemson University
System Integrators February 1, 2006

Business Technologies Boost Engineering

The biggest buzz in the automation industry these days is all about linking the plant floor with front-office business systems—a linkage that will be referred to as automation-to-enterprise in this series of articles. For many, this probably sounds like a manufacturing industry echo of the late 1990s, when enterprise resource planning (ERP) and supply chain planning systems were going to ...

By David Greenfield
System Integrators December 27, 2005

Thyristors come in wide range of amperages

THV thyristor is now offered in a wider range of amperages and offer programmable phase control or zero-cross control. South Bend, IN —THV compact microprocessor-based SCR power controller from RKC Instrument has added a full line of amperages. Reportedly designed to provide higher performance at lower cost, the devices are now available in 20, 30, 45, 80, and 100 A.

By Control Engineering Staff
System Integrators December 15, 2005

Get the “genuine article”

You don't have the time—or the money—to gamble with unproven automation, instrumentation, or controls. As the old saw goes, quality doesn't cost, it pays. So Control Engineeringproduces this annual hardcopy tool to complement its December 2005 issue. 4 COVER: Value means more than price Any good consumer knows that you can pay too much, but you can also pay too little.

By Richard W. Phelps, on behalf of the Control Engineering Staff
System Integrators December 15, 2005

Inspection System for Beer Keg Quality Assurance

Green Bay, Wis.-based Tosca Ltd. cleans and reconditions many different food-industry containers. Examples include: bulk cheese containers; bulk plastic bins, for pizza crust production and transportation; returnable plastic containers, for transporting produce and meat; and beer kegs. Several different brewers employ Tosca to repair and clean their kegs.

By David Thode and Josh Hemstreet
System Integrators December 13, 2005

Omron invests $20 million in RFID growth

Tokyo, Japan —Japanese automation manufacturer Omron Corp . plans to invest $20 million worldwide in the next year in a first step toward seizing a larger share of the U.S. and global radio-frequency-identification (RFID) market.

By Control Engineering Staff
System Integrators November 11, 2005

Advantech, AsusTek ally, swap stock, for industrial computing

Cincinnati, OH — Advantech Co. Ltd . and AsusTek Computer Inc .

By Control Engineering Staff
System Integrators October 6, 2005

GE Fanuc Automation recognizes two firms

GE Fanuc awards its Premier Solution Provider (PSP) designation to industry-leading systems integrators who have proven capability with GE Fanuc products and solutions. To qualify, integrators must go through an audit process and meet technical, operational, and quality evaluations. The latter includes an assessment of customer references and knowledge of automation system design and optimization.

By Control Engineering Staff
System Integrators October 1, 2005

Control Engineering welcomes new senior editor

Control Engineering welcomes Richard W. Phelps to its editorial staff. In his role as senior editor, Phelps will be responsible for covering industrial networks, system integration, and process and advanced control for Control Engineering's online newsletters and the print publication.

By Staff
System Integrators September 1, 2005

1st IP65 single-phase switching power supply

Automation Systems Interconnect introduced its IP65 Single Phase Switching Power Supply. Automation Systems Interconnect (ASI) Inc. says its new IP65 Single Phase Switching Power Supply has a sealed aluminum enclosure to withstand many environmental conditions that would halt most power supplies, including spraying or splashing water.

By Control Engineering Staff
System Integrators September 1, 2005

Guard switches, see them fully

These Electro-Mech switches have a lens guard to prevent accidental activation or turn-off; clear acrylic guard material allows full, unrestricted viewing of legends and button colors. Electro-Mech Components Inc.’s latest lighted pushbutton switches have single-, dual-, and quad-style switches with integrated lens guard, for safety-conscious installations on instrumentation and control panels where designers must provide greater accident prevention for critical switching applications. Ideal applications include aircraft, avionics, power machine control, medical instrumentation, and simulation systems. The group includes Electro-Mech’s Series 60, 600 and 644-2100 styles, with SPST-6PDT circuitry in a single-lamping design (Series 60), and two SPST-6PDT model styles in dual- and quad-lamping configurations (Series 600 and a smaller Series 644-2100 style).

By Control Engineering Staff
System Integrators September 1, 2005

RF modems get Class 1, Div. 2 safety compliance

MaxStream's 900 MHz 9XTend wireless radio modem is among company products available in a Class I, Division 2 certified stand-alone model, and it can communicate up to 40 miles line-of sight with a high-gain antenna. MaxStream offers Class I, Division 2 certified wireless radio modems, ensuring safe deployment in hazardous locations where highly flammable vapors are present, such as acetylene, hydrogen, ethylene and propane (Groups A, B, C, D). Such certification is often required for wireless integration at refineries, chemical plants, pipelines, and other locations. Hugh Nielsen, MaxStream’s chief technology officer, says, “Having already passed the stringent requirements of both Class I, Div.

By Control Engineering Staff
System Integrators August 4, 2005

ESP named premier solution provider by GE Fanuc Automation

GE Fanuc Automation Americas Inc. has named Engineered Software Products Inc. (ESP) as a new Premier Solution Provider.

By Control Engineering Staff
System Integrators July 7, 2005

CSIA reports nine registrations, 12% sales growth at annual meeting

The Control and Information System Integrators Association (CSIA) reported at its recent annual conference in Memphis, TN, that members’ net sales saw a double-digit increase from 2003 to 2004 and that nine system integrators were recognized for achieving Registered Member status in the previous year.

By Control Engineering Staff
System Integrators July 7, 2005

Get answers to questions on services for automation

Claire Cerrato, manager, GlobalCare, GE Fanuc Automation, recently answered Control Engineering questions about services for automation.

By Control Engineering Staff
System Integrators July 1, 2005

7 Steps to Predictive Leak Testing

Leak testing can be a complicated process, particularly for high-speed processes, such as those found in the pharmaceutical industry. The main challenge is the time it takes for the part under test to stabilize under pressure (or in vacuum); as cycle time decreases, the difficulty in performing reliable leak testing increases.

By Ben Zimmer
System Integrators July 1, 2005

Straight from the source

If you're not yet familiar with the term "blog," which is short for Web log, here's a simple, yet direct definition from Webster's New Millennium Dictionary of English: an online diary; a personal chronological log of thoughts published on a Web page. Blogs are all the rage on the Web these days. Business Week recently ran a cover story suggesting that businesses of all types should use blogs a...

By David Greenfield, Editorial Director
System Integrators June 9, 2005

Matrikon acquires Resolution Integration Solutions

Matrikon Inc., a provider of industrial intelligence software has acquired Resolution Integration Solutions Inc. (RIS), a plant management information system technology company.

By Control Engineering Staff
System Integrators May 12, 2005

ISA progresses on ISA-95 Part 3

The Instrumentation, Systems, and Automation Society's SP95 standards committee on enterprise-control system integration is continuing its work to develop a standard on activity models of manufacturing operations management, which will be the third in the ISA-95 series.

By Control Engineering Staff
System Integrators May 1, 2005

Siemens’ Franke sizes up global automation market

At Hannover Fair in April 2005, Control Engineering spoke with Ralf-Michael Franke, who was recently named president of Siemens Industrial Automation Systems division of the Siemens Automation and Drives Group, headquartered in Nuremberg, Germany. Before assuming his new role, Franke was responsible for Siemens' "Innovation" program as part of the company's management sy...

By Staff
System Integrators April 1, 2005

Kontron buys Dolch Computer Systems

Kontron AG reports that it has acquired Dolch Computer Systems Inc. for an undisclosed sum of cash from Siegel-Robert Inc. Dolch will take on Kontron's name and operate as a business unit of Kontron America Inc. Thomas Sparrvik, Kontron America's president and CEO, expects Dolch to help Kontron in gas and oil, test and measurement, military, mobile computing, and in embedd...

By Staff
System Integrators April 1, 2005

Historians vs. relational databases

An important factor when considering implementation of historian software is recognition of differences between plant-floor data and the business environment. Many companies want to approach a manufacturing data archive in the same way they approach an enterprise archive—with a traditional relational database.

By Kevin Bernier
System Integrators March 15, 2005

NMW 2005: Invensys, Microsoft report alliance fueling ArchestrA adoption

Chicago, IL—Invensys reports that adoption of its ArchestrA technology is accelerating as system integrators and companies use Wonderware’s software to help improve application performance.

By Control Engineering Staff
System Integrators February 10, 2005

New production execution and management software

GE Fanuc Automation Americas Inc., a unit of GE Infrastructure, has released Proficy Plant Applications Version 4.1, a new version of the company’s Efficiency, Quality, Production and Batch Analysis software application.

By Control Engineering Staff
System Integrators February 3, 2005

Benchmark Electronics adds systems integration capacity in Asia

Benchmark Electronics Inc. plans to expand its contract manufacturing capacity in Asia by adding a third manufacturing facility in Thailand to meet increased demand for its system integration services.

By Control Engineering Staff
System Integrators January 27, 2005

Collecting, writing, editing, discrete control info

You may know that Frank Bartos and I tailor the contents of the Discrete Control newsletter monthly, by writing, editing, and distilling. You’re always welcome to e-mail us input.

By Control Engineering Staff
System Integrators January 27, 2005

American Superconductor: ‘More power’ to developer kits

Developer kits are popular and useful tools for implementing board-level, microprocessor, and similar kinds of products.

By Control Engineering Staff
System Integrators January 11, 2005

Software eases reporting plant personnel, system integrators

Sacramento, CA—WorkSmart Automation recently released its ReportBuilder Version 1.30 software tools designed for reporting historical data collected automatically by supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA)/human-machine interface (HMI) systems and data collected manually.

By Control Engineering Staff
System Integrators January 1, 2005

Engineers and Sarbanes-Oxley

Control engineers need to be more aware of and involved in automation system integration with higher-level business systems. The long-promised intersection of these two areas of technology will actually begin taking place at companies of all sizes over the next five to 10 years and it will have a lasting effect on engineers, not just because it will impact systems they use and the level of info...

By David Greenfield, Editorial Director
System Integrators December 2, 2004

Great 2004 information in control components

Sure, I'd like to think that you have time to read every word we offer, but you might have missed some useful write-ups through the year. Here are some Control Engineering 2004 stories that you might want to review.

By Control Engineering Staff
System Integrators December 2, 2004

Sterner Automation, Ruhlamat sign integration agreement

Sterner Automation Ltd. has agreed with Ruhlamat North America Ltd. to become an authorized systems integrator and service provider for Ruhlamat's automation systems in North America.

By Control Engineering Staff
System Integrators November 1, 2004

Correction – 2004-11-01

Industrial Technology Solutions (ITS) was incorrectly identified in "Micro PLC Key to CNC Overhaul," Inside Machines section, Control Engineering, Oct. '04, p. IM6. ITS is a Columbus, OH-based design/build automation firm specializing in electrical system integration. For more information, visit www.

By Staff
System Integrators October 19, 2004

Suppliers’ automation services to approach $15 billion by 2008

Dedham, MA—The worldwide market for supplier-provided automation services is expected to grow at a 9.1% compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) during the next five years, from $9.2 billion in 2003 to close to $15 billion in 2008, according to a new stidy by ARC Advisory Group.

By Control Engineering Staff
System Integrators October 1, 2004

Users, vendors endorse ISA’s integration standards, WBF’s XML schemas

A group of manufacturers and software vendors recently endorsed the Instrumentation, Systems, and Automation Society's (ISA) ISA-95 Enterprise Control System Integration standards and World Batch Forum's (WBF) Business to Manufacturing Markup Language (B2MML) for implementing ISA's standards.

By Staff
System Integrators September 23, 2004

Users, vendors endorse ISA’s integration standards, WBF’s XML schemas

Longwood. FL—A group of manufacturers and software vendors recently endorsed the Instrumentation, Systems, and Automation Society’s (ISA) ISA-95 Enterprise Control System Integration standards and World Batch Forum’s (WBF) Business to Manufacturing Markup Language (B2MML) for implementing ISA’s standards.

By Control Engineering Staff
System Integrators September 16, 2004

ABB announces 2005 world user conference dates

ABB’s Automation World Users Conference and Exhibition will take place April 20-22, 2005, at Houston’s Westin Galleria/Oaks Hotel, the company announced recently.

By Control Engineering Staff
System Integrators September 2, 2004

System integration challenge: new, lead-free part numbers

Anyone working in automation design or system integration may have an additional challenge in coming months, relating to part numbers and compliance with European environmental RoHS regulations (Restriction of Hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronic Equipment), with a July 2006 deadline.

By Control Engineering Staff
System Integrators August 24, 2004

Tridium helps standardize XML, Web services linking facilities, enterprise

Richmond, VA—Tridium Inc. reports that it’s playing a key role in the Open Building Information Xchange (oBIX) technical committee recently organized under the Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards (OASIS) to develop a standard Web-services protocol for connecting facility systems to the enterprise.

By Control Engineering Staff
System Integrators July 1, 2004

Geotest launches system integrator program

Geotest-Marvin Test Systems Inc. has introduced a new program to help system integrators to provide turnkey solutions for the test and measurement market.

By Control Engineering Staff
System Integrators July 1, 2004

Too many jobs?

"There are plenty of manufacturing jobs to be had in the U.S. The problem is that Americans don't want these jobs because manufacturing jobs have no social status," said Dick Morley (known to many as the "father of the PLC") during the most recent CSIA (Control and Information System Integrators Association) meeting in May.

By David Greenfield, Editorial Director
System Integrators July 1, 2004

VDC Research

Venture Development Corporation (VDC), technology market researchers and strategists since 1971, is launching a second edition update to its groundbreaking market study covering: Machine Automatic Safeguarding Components, Equipment and Networking: North American and European Market Demand Analysis.

By Control Engineering Staff
System Integrators June 30, 2004

ARC 2004: Extending RFID investment beyond the cost

Boston, MA—If you’re not doing more than slapping a radio frequency identification (RFID) tag on a container or product, then you’re throwing away more than the cost of the tag, according to presenters at ARC Advisory Group’s meeting, “Performance Driven Manufacturing and Supply Chain Forum,” on June 23-25.

By Control Engineering Staff
System Integrators June 3, 2004

CSIA elects new executive council members

The Control and Information System Integrators Association (CSIA) recently appointed the executive council members, who will lead the group for the next 12 months.

By Control Engineering Staff
System Integrators May 6, 2004

B&B Electronics accepted for CSIA membership

B&B Electronics Manufacturing Co. reports that it was recently accepted as an associate member by the Control and Information System Integrators Association (CSIA). B&B designs and manufactures data communication products for commercial and industrial applications.

By Control Engineering Staff
System Integrators May 1, 2004

Ethernet, wireless Ethernet projected to grow quickly

Use of Ethernet and wireless Ethernet in industrial facilities is expected to increase at compound annual growth rates (CAGRs) of 21.8% and 34.8%, respectively, during the next three years, according to a new study by Venture Development Corp. (VDC). Shipments of wired Ethernet infrastructure networking products are expected to increase from $846 million in 2003 to more than...

By Staff
System Integrators April 9, 2004

Control Engineering Online Update for April 9, 2004

Highlights Control Engineering survey System integrator selects sensor with ability to detect surface texture, color, speed, and temperature despite different ambient light conditions for tire inspection system. Your two cents can get you an Apple iBook! Control Engineering wants to hear your opinion. Complete this quick survey and you'll be entered in a drawing to win an Apple iBook G4. Visit www.controleng.com/apple for more information. Sensor technology key for tire inspection system As tire specifications become more stringent, the need for faster and more accurate quality inspection for tire uniformity and appearance is critical. Commercial Time Sharing Inc.

By Control Engineering Staff
System Integrators April 1, 2004

CSIA’s 2004 Executive Conference

The Control and Information System Integrators Association (CSIA) will hold its 2004 Executive Conference on May 13-16 at the Embassy Suites hotel in Palm Desert, CA.

By Control Engineering Staff
System Integrators April 1, 2004

April Fool 2004: news and products I’d like to see

April 1 is April Fool's Day, so watch for a rubber band on the kitchen sink sprayer; test for salt in the sugar bowl; and look for marbles in your sneakers when you get home. For more fun right now, check out these fictional, April Fool's Day products and developments from Control Engineering.

By Control Engineering Staff
System Integrators April 1, 2004

Retail, government RFID push could expand manufacturing

Manufacturers know a bargain when they see one, and they will continue to take advantage of any economies of scale offered by equipment used in other industries.

By Control Engineering Staff
System Integrators March 9, 2004

Chromalox’s survey projects increasing production levels

Pittsburgh, PA—Plant engineers and operators responding to Chromalox’s recent market survey report that U.S. manufacturers are preparing for a strong 2004.

By Control Engineering Staff
System Integrators March 4, 2004

Hallam, ICS merge to combine services

In response to the growing demand for their combined services, Hallam Engineering and Integrated Control Systems (ICS) have formally merged to form Hallam-ICS.

By Control Engineering Staff
System Integrators February 5, 2004

Technology Solutions partners with Apriso on real-time practices

Chicago, IL; Long Beach, CA—Technology Solutions Co. (TSC) and Apriso Corp. recently announced that they’ve joined forces to bring previously unavailable, real-time business solutions to large corporations.

By Control Engineering Staff
System Integrators February 3, 2004

OMAC, WBF cooperating to improve productivity

Orlando, FL—The World Batch Forum (WBF) and the Open Modular Architecture Controls (OMAC) Users Group announced at the recent ARC Forum meeting that they’re exploring coop-erative activities that will lead to higher manufacturing productivity for their member companies.

By Control Engineering Staff
System Integrators January 8, 2004

Miss it in December? Still available: Outsourced Integration

There's a higher quality of help available because system integrators are working with the Control and Information System Integrators Association (CSIA) and joining manufacturer-based programs for integrators, according to panelists on Control Engineering's Webcast, "Outsourced Integration."

By Control Engineering Staff
System Integrators January 8, 2004

CSIA schedules 2004 Executive Conference

Exton, PA—The Control and Information System Integrators Association (CSIA) recently scheduled its 2004 Executive Conference for May 13-16 at the Embassy Suites hotel in Palm Desert, CA. Registration forms will be mailed out in January.

By Control Engineering Staff
System Integrators December 18, 2003

World Batch Forum releases XML schemas

In my October 2003 article (p.46) titled, "XML Delivers" I wrote about two early adopters of the ANSI/ISA S95 standard "Enterprise-control system integration," Empresas Polar in Caracas, Venezuela, and Europe-based Arla Foods. In addition to adopting the ANSI/ISA S95 standard, both companies also embraced early versions of the World Batch Forum’s (WBF) B2MML (batch to manufacturing markup language.)

By Control Engineering Staff
System Integrators December 15, 2003

How to use this guide

Everyone needs project help now and again. To help you connect with the best automation system integrators, Control Engineering provides this annual print-based reference tool, and Control Engineering Online delivers the year-round Web-based guide to help provide exactly the expertise to help. 20 Directory of integrators This year's updated information, again delivered by Control Engineerin...

By Mark T. Hoske
System Integrators December 3, 2003

RIA publishes guide to robot system integrators

Another resource for finding integrators is the Control Engineering 2004 Automation Integrator Guide (registration required), which contains more than 230 automation system integrators listing a "robotics" specialty. This list can be narrowed by specifying other parameters in a user’s individual search.

By Control Engineering Staff
System Integrators December 2, 2003

‘Outsourced Integration’ Webcast to assist partnerships, projects

Oak Brook, IL—To help control and automation professionals get the most out of their relationships with system integrators, Control Engineering is presenting a free "Outsourced Integration" Webcast at 11 a.m. EST on Wednesday, Dec. 3.

By Control Engineering Staff
System Integrators November 6, 2003

Maverick Technologies opens new facility

To help it support users in the San Francisco Bay Area, Maverick Technologies opened its new Fairfield, CA, facility in early September 2003.

By Control Engineering Staff
System Integrators November 1, 2003

Preparation for integration

Coursing through the ISA Show in Houston, I got the distinct impression that things are picking up in the controls and automation universe. There was definitely a certain— though I hate to use this word I will—"buzz" that was palpable in both attendees and vendors. I believe much of the "buzz" centered on a general feeling that the manufacturing part of the economy may finally be tu...

By David Greenfield, Editorial Director
System Integrators October 2, 2003

CSIA provides free legal consultations to members

The Control and Information System Integrators Association (CSIA) announced Sept. 8 that it's offering its members free 10-minute legal consultations. This new benefit for CSIA members follows the recent appointment of attorney Mark Voigtmann as the association’s general counsel.

By Control Engineering Staff
System Integrators October 2, 2003

Rutter buying Digital Products’ systems engineering division

Rutter Technologies Inc. has agreed to buy the Systems Engineering division of Digital Products Ltd. (DPL) for $750,000 on or before Oct. 31, 2003. Rutter will pay $450,000 at closing and $100,000 per year for three years.

By Control Engineering Staff
System Integrators October 2, 2003

Schneider Electric starts program for system integrators

Schneider Electric has launched its new TopIntegrator program for system integrators. Designed to support integrators working with Schneider nationwide, TopIntegrator gives its members access to a variety of tools, including a dedicated web site at www.squared-si.com; free product samples; training modules; and codes and standards support.

By Control Engineering Staff
System Integrators September 4, 2003

Optimation, Dumont announce merger

P>System integrators Dumont Associates and Optimation Technology Inc. recently announced plans to merge. The two firms report that Dumont will operate as a wholly owned subsidiary of Optimation. The companies are completing the due diligence process, and expect to complete a final agreement soon.

By Control Engineering Staff
System Integrators August 28, 2003

Online articles, China, Europe; find manufacturers, system integrators

As you know, we update Control Engineering Online daily. Here are some recently added and updated resources.

By Control Engineering Staff
System Integrators August 7, 2003

CSIA expands “Best Practices & Benchmarks” guidelines

The Control and Information System Integrators Association (CSIA) recently published its updated and expanded ''Best Practices & Benchmarks'' guidelines—the keystone of the association's Registered Member program.

By Control Engineering Staff
System Integrators July 23, 2003

Wonderware debuts program for system integrators

Lake Forest, CA—To recognize users proficient in applying ArchestrA to create open automation and information solutions, Wonderware released its FactorySuite A2 Certified Systems Integrator (SI) program for integrators using FactorySuite A2 configurations built on ArchestrA.

By Control Engineering Staff
System Integrators July 1, 2003

Corrections – 2003-07-01

An incorrect Web address was listed for the Control and Information System Integrators Association (CSIA) in "Internet resources for the control engineer," Back to Basics, Control Engineering, June '03, p. 68. CSIA's correct web address is www.controlsys.org.

By Staff
System Integrators May 14, 2003

NI, European sensor vendors adopt smart analog sensors; support IEEE P1451.4

Nuremburg, Germany—National Instruments (NI, Austin, TX) reported May 13 that European sensor vendors are joining NI's Plug & Play Sensors Program, a collaborative effort by NI and many sensor vendors to gain widespread adoption of IEEE P1451.4.

By Control Engineering Staff
System Integrators March 7, 2003

NMW 2003: ABB, Accenture, Intel, Microsoft connect plant to enterprise

Chicago, IL -ABB, Accenture, Intel Corporation and Microsoft announced during the March 3-6 National Manufacturing Week an alliance designed to help manufacturers bridge the gap between plant floor operations and enterprise IT systems.

By Control Engineering Staff
System Integrators January 1, 2003

Endevco, NI developing open standards with sensors program

Endevco announced Dec. 9 that it's working with National Instruments to promote widespread adoption of IEEE P1451.4. This plug-and-play sensors program aims to create an open sensors standard, giving systems integrators and end-users the ability to automatically configure measurement and automation systems for sensors.

By Staff
System Integrators December 31, 2002

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By Staff
System Integrators November 12, 2002

Embrace Networks launches platform for incorporating devices via Internet

Sunnyvale, CA—Embrace Networks Inc. introduced Nov. 7 its Device Brokerage Platform, which it reports is a software platform that incorporates devices, machines, instruments or appliances into business or operational infrastructures via the Internet.

By Control Engineering Staff
System Integrators October 30, 2002

ISA 2002: CSIA gathers integrators at pavilion

Chicago, IL—The Control and Information System Integrators Association (CSIA, Exton, PA) reported Oct. 23 that its pavilion at ISA 2002 included the greatest concentration of system integrators at a U.S.-based trade show.

By Control Engineering Staff
System Integrators October 28, 2002

OMAC announces Plug-and-Pack initiatives at Pack Expo 2002

At its annual Pack Expo International meeting, packagers involved in the OMAC Packaging Workgroup will share bottom line results, commercialized PackML compliant products, and packaging profiles for the SERCOS interface, plus progress on new initiatives in programming languages, connectivity, and performance metrics.

By Control Engineering Staff
System Integrators October 23, 2002

ISA 2002: Photo highlights from the show floor—October 23, 2002

e A traditional German band caps off the second day's festivities across from the Control and Information System Integrators Association's (CSIA) exhibit at ISA 2002. e ProSoft's Bridget Blackburn adjusts and demonstrates her firm's wireless solutions at its ISA 2002 exhibit. Control Engineering's senior editor, Gary Mintchell (left), learns about upcoming enhancements to National Instruments' (NI) FieldPoint solution at its ISA 2002 booth from NI's Todd Walter and Emily Davis.

By Control Engineering Staff
System Integrators October 9, 2002

Rockwell buys central European system integrator

Milwaukee, WI—Rockwell Automation expanded its Global Manufacturing Solutions business into Central Europe on Oct. 1 by acquiring the engineering services and system integration assets of SPEL, spol. s.r.o. (Kolin, Czech Republic).

By Control Engineering Staff
System Integrators October 1, 2002

Matrikon acquires Hunter Control

Edmonton, Alberta, Canada- Matrikon Inc. announced Sept. 25 that is has completed its acquisition of Hunter Control Pty.

By Control Engineering Staff
System Integrators September 26, 2002

Sensors Expo Fall 2002: NI, 12 vendors advocate smart analog sensor adoption

Boston, MA— National Instruments (NI, Austin, TX) introduced its new Plug & Play sensors program on Sept. 24 at Sensors Expo Fall 2002 . Plug & Play is a collaborative effort between NI and a dozen sensor vendors to gain widespread adoption of IEEE P1451.4.

By Control Engineering Staff
System Integrators September 11, 2002

Rotronic shows new range of humidity transmitters with interchangeable parts

Basel, Switzerland - Daniel Ritler and his colleagues from Rotronic came to the new ''go.automation'' trade fair with something new of their own to show: a series of humidity transmitters with interchangeable parts.

By Control Engineering Staff
System Integrators August 1, 2002

ei3 selected to deliver 24×7 engineering services

Montvale & Pompton Lakes, N.J. - ei3Corp. announced July 30 a global partnership with Royle Systems Group, LLC to provide its customers with 24x7 real time engineering support. This partnership will enable Royle Systems Group, a supplier of systems integration and equipment for a wide range of extrusion, wire & cable, and fiber optic applications, to improve the performance and uptime of its equipment for customers worldwide.

By Control Engineering Staff
System Integrators July 9, 2002

Braintech signs agreement with Marubeni

North Vancouver, B.C., Canada— Braintech Canada Inc., a subsidiary of Braintech Inc. , recently granted Marubeni Corp. (Tokyo, Japan) an exclusive license Using theee on a per system basis for its eVF environment, as well as engineering services on a per project basis. Marubeni has already opened its Marubeni Vision Techno Centre (MVTC) for application development and demonstration in Japan's VR Technology Center (Nagoya, Japan).

By Control Engineering Staff
System Integrators June 10, 2002

Control Engineering Online redesigns; get your advanced-feature password here…

On behalf of the entire Control Engineering team, welcome to the new Control Engineering Online at www.controleng.com . Control Engineering print editions; exclusive Control Engineering Europe print coverage; nine Control Engineering and two association e-newsletters; unique Control Engineering Online products, daily news, and Web Exclusives; Control Engineering Technology Webcasts; 10 topical channels; enhanced site search; Job Search; bookstore; Control Engineering Online Buyer's Guide; Automation Integrator Guide Online ; and more. Were you asked to "Please register" to access advanced features? One of the many features of our redesigned site is password-protected registration for use of the Control Engineering Online Buyer's Guide, Automation Integrator Guide , and the new, advanced site search engine, along with an integrated registration page for e-newsletters. For maximum convenience, the site will remember users and avoid future log-in by checking the "remember me" box and ensuring cookies are enabled (the default setting) under browser preferences. Those already registered to the Control Engineering Online Web site have been assigned a password via e-mail. If you haven't registered yet, please do so at the top of any page at www.controleng.com, upper-right corner above the search engine, where it says "Welcome, Guest. Register ..." Already registered and forgot your password? Use the 'Forgot Your Password' function on top of any page, where it says "Welcome, Guest.

By Control Engineering Staff
System Integrators June 3, 2002

CSIA’s 142 members approach $1 billion in annual sales

Myrtle Beach, S.C. - In a market overview released at its recent annual meeting, the Control System Integrator Association (CSIA, Exton, PA) reported that its 142 member companies earned total revenue of nearly $0.9 billion in 2001.

By Control Engineering Staff
System Integrators May 8, 2002

Keithley program helps speed product development

Cleveland, O. - Keithley Instruments announced May 6 a program that will help its global Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) customers develop products faster, decrease development and warranty costs, increase production uptime, and reduce inventory.

By Control Engineering Staff
System Integrators April 22, 2002

Touch International launches curved, resistive touchscreens

Trier, Germany and Austin, Texas - Touch International announced April 18 the immediate availability of curved, resistive touchscreens targeted as alternative drop-in replacements to customers currently using competitive products.

By Control Engineering Staff
System Integrators March 19, 2002

NMW 2002: Ci Technologies covers 21 CFR Part 11; partner program

Chicago, Ill. - Ci Technologies', Sydney, Australia; Charlotte, N.C., Citect V5.41 available March 28, has features to help manufacturers meet requirements of U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 21 CFR Part 11 regulation on electronic signatures and records.

By Control Engineering Staff
System Integrators March 5, 2002

ICP DAS USA, Entivity partner to sell data acquisition and communication products

Rolling Hills Estates, Calif. - CP DAS USA Inc. has announced a partnership with Entivity (Ann Arbor, Mich.) to sell Entivity's Think & Do Studio and Steeplechase VLC throughout the United States through its distribution channel. In return, Entivity will also promote ICP DAS USA's products through its channel.

By Control Engineering Staff
System Integrators February 8, 2002

Parker acquires manufacturer of structural framing systems for automation

Cleveland, O. - Parker Hannifin Corp. announced Jan. 31 that it has acquired IPS Industrial Profile Systems (Houston, Tex.) for an undisclosed sum.

By Jim Montague, news editor
System Integrators February 1, 2002

Rockwell Automation unifies software architecture

Oak Brook, IL. - Rockwell Automation (Milwaukee, Wis. www.rockwellautomation.com) has been working to retool its varied software offerings by migrating existing and patterning new code to its FactoryTalk infrastructure, company representatives explained to Control Engineering editors on Jan. 23.

By Mark T. Hoske, editor-in-chief
System Integrators August 1, 2001

Integrated Architecture explained at Rockwell Automation Summit

Rockwell Automation held an Integrated Architecture Summit here June 20 to explain its integrated architecture concept and how customers are benefiting from it. Steve Eisenbrown, Automation Control and Information Group's senior vp for commercial marketing, reported that beyond the hype of e-manufacturing is hope for significant productivity leaps for manufacturers.

By Staff
System Integrators August 1, 2001

6 serial ports, Ethernet

Davis, Calif. —When a lot of connectivity is needed, Ether6 packs a DOS-based computer, 10BaseT Ethernet, six serial ports, and optional 10Base2 in a rugged aluminum enclosure. The computer is Intel 386Ex based, and serial ports feature unique interrupts and FIFOs. A socket enables additional data storage using M-Systems DiskOnChip products, the capability of integrating a Cermetek modem...

By Staff
System Integrators August 1, 2001

Six serial ports and a side of Ethernet

Davis, Calif. - When a lot of connectivity is needed, Ether6 packs a DOS-based computer, 10BaseT Ethernet, six serial ports, and optional 10Base2 in a rugged aluminum enclosure. The computer is Intel 386Ex based, and serial ports feature unique interrupts and FIFOs.

By Control Engineering Staff
System Integrators May 1, 2001

Invensys Process Systems launched

Herndon, Va.— Invensys Software Systems, a division of Invensys plc (London, U.K.), recently started a $1.6-billion systems integration business, Invensys Process Systems. It combines the resources of the firm's APV Systems and Invensys Process Automation division, which includes Foxboro, Triconex, Simulation Sciences, Esscor, and Walsh Automation, to form one of the world's largest auto...

By Staff
System Integrators August 1, 2000

Earning More … Enjoying it Less?

A little more pay. A lot more stress. Control and automation engineers and technical professionals are collectively receiving slightly higher salaries than three years ago, but almost all are coping with wrenching organizational andtechnological changes in their companies and disciplines, according to 686 respondents to Control Engineering's North American Reader Profile Study, June 2000.

By Jim Montague, CONTROL ENGINEERING
System Integrators August 1, 2000

Nematron buys Optimation Technology, A-OK Controls

Nematron Corp. agreed July 10 to purchase Optimation Technology Inc. in a stock transaction scheduled to close on Sept. 30. The acquisition is expected to improve earnings and expand sales for Nematron's PC-based control solutions and Optimation's engineering and systems integration services.

By Staff
System Integrators July 1, 2000

System integrators earn their keep

Back when industrial automation was still just an offshoot of the electrical equipment industry, automation vendors viewed product sales as the only path to profits. They often had to give away technical services to close those sales. Their products were all proprietary and only their own engineers knew how to work with them.

By Staff
System Integrators June 1, 2000

Ci Technologies buys Springfield Automation division

Ci Technologies announced May 1 its acquisition of the integration division of Springfield Electric (Bloomington, Ill.). The division, led by Rick Caldwell, will be named Ci Technologies System Integration (CiT Si). The acquisition also initiates a new Citect Integration Partners program to provide integration skills and service to customers.

By Staff
System Integrators May 1, 2000

In Business – 2000-05-01

UDATA Corp. (Richardson, Tex.) and Alstom (Paris, France) announced April 3 that they've formed a partnership to develop USDATA's next-generation automation software product for Microsoft Windows 2000. The product will be based on Microsoft's Windows DNA platform. Think & Do Software (Ann Arbor, Mich.) announced April 3 that it has established a joint venture with Notia, a major automation supplier in China.

By Staff
System Integrators December 1, 1999

Honeywell introduces new business program

Honeywell Hi-Spec Solutions introduced Nov. 15 its new Team Uniformance for Business program to expand delivery channels for business optimization in the process industries, and deploy supply-chain management and manufacturing execution system (MES) applications using qualified implementation partners.

By Staff
System Integrators December 1, 1999

Intellution, Ann Arbor Technologies partner on Windows CE

Intellution Inc. and Ann Arbor Technologies announced a partnership Nov. 15 to provide Microsoft Windows CE hardware and software for scalable automation solutions applications. The partnership was formed in conjunction with Ann Arbor's release of its panelLink Windows CE 2.

By Staff
System Integrators November 1, 1999

We love to hate software

Who among us hasn't cursed software? Yet when software works as designed, we don't give it a second thought—it's transparent: part of our surroundings, part of the process, part of us.Users don't want to think about the interface, configuration, where data comes from, or where it's going.

By Mark T. Hoske, Editor-in-Chief
System Integrators July 1, 1999

Dynapro doubles plant size

Dynapro (Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada) unveiled a 52,000-ft² addition to its plant here on June 17. The addition triples Dynapro's current manufacturing space, doubles warehouse space, and consolidates operations from three off-site facilities. Dynapro has increased from 30 to 240 employees over the past five years.

By Staff
System Integrators March 1, 1999

SCARA robots picked for insert molding

Systems integrator Dane Systems (Stevensville, Mich.) chose Adept Technology Inc.'s Cobra 600/800 SCARA robots on Feb. 8 as building blocks for Dane's new robotic insert mold loading system. The automated system will offer a flexible alternative to existing manual insert molding processes by automating multiple steps into one robotic process.

By Staff
System Integrators February 1, 1999

ABB helping make better paper tissue

ABB Industrial Systems integrated automation system will control a new paper mill being built by AM Paper Group in Skelmersdale, Lancashire, U.K. The mill will be the first to use Beloit's "Through Air Drying" (TAD) technology, to produce thicker, softer, more absorbent household tissue.

By Staff
System Integrators January 1, 1999

Company information all on the web

With the increasing popularity of the Internet, people are turning to the click of a mouse to find company information instead of a phone call.The best place to begin looking for the latest technology news is Control Engineering's web site at www.controleng.com. It also contains subscription information, evemts calendar, and important phone and fax numbers, in addition to the current and ...

By Lara Jackson
System Integrators January 1, 1999

Facing year 2000 with SP95 integration standard

To survive and prosper in the new millennium, manufacturers must optimize supply chains by integrating manufacturing control systems with business logistics systems. This is not an easy task because these two sectors evolved separately in most companies; they often don't understand the complete picture or each other's problems; and each uses numerous different planning, scheduling, invent...

By Dennis Brandl
System Integrators December 15, 1998

A New Name and a New Look

Welcome to the 1999 edition of Control Engineering's annual directory of automation system integrators. This year we have a new look and a new name—the Automation Integrator Guide. All the best features of the former Automation Register are still here with several improvements to better help you find the engineering services needed for your next project.

By Jane S. Gerold
System Integrators August 1, 1998

More ways to evaluate systems integrators

The article, "How to Work with a Systems Integrator," in the June issue [Control Engineering, 1998, p. 48] provides some excellent criteria to aid end-users in their evaluation and selection of a good integrator. We would suggest you add two more, based on our clients' tales of unfortunate experiences they've had with some previous integrators.

By Staff
System Integrators June 1, 1998

How to Find the Ideal System Integrator

Proliferation of low-cost, high-tech automation equipment has left some end-users in a quandary. How can they take advantage of the latest automation technology without investing their own time and effort to stay abreast of every new development? How can they benefit from all these new hardware and software products if their in-house engineering staff is already too busy to use them? More...

By Vance VanDoren, CONTROL ENGINEERING
System Integrators March 1, 1998

Hollow-Shaft Stepper

Dover, N.H.— Eastern Air Devices new hollow-shaft stepping motor is designed to provide flexible packaging solutions for tight system integration. Available up to 5/8 in. OD, the hollow shaft allows access through the motor's central axis, which greatly increases packaging options for unique applications.

By Staff
System Integrators February 1, 1998

Omron, Kanematsu Announce CrossWorlds Software Effort

In an effort to extend its packaged integration solutions into Asia, CrossWorlds Software Inc., formerly known as CrossRoads Software, announced Jan. 21 that it has formed business partnerships with Omron Corp. and Kanematsu Corp. Both companies will be responsible for marketing and selling CrossWorlds' application integration software, or "Processware," in a rang...

By Staff