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Integrator companies Eosys, NorthWind Technical Services and George T. Hall are recognized for their outstanding achievements.
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.
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.
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.
Risk identification becomes the critically important first step, the one without which corrective actions cannot be undertaken.
The process functional ecosystem consists of a methodology for viewing the different functionalities that are utilized in most production areas.
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.
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.
The Control System Integrators Association (CSIA) has chosen "The Future of Work" as the theme for its June 2022 Executive Conference.
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.
The Control System Integrators Association (CSIA) welcomed 15 integrator members and eight partner members to their ranks.
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.
A systems integrator should listen, advise and educate a plant's team on how tech will reduce manufacturing costs and improve product quality
Cybersecurity is becoming a larger focus and priority for system integrators (SI) as the nature of the workforce changes.
System integrators (SI) play a critical role in the information technology (IT)/operational technology (OT) convergence journey.
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.
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.
The future, whether in the office or working remotely, looks bright for system integrators.
The 2022 System Integrator Giants are adapting to the new normal with COVID-19 as new challenges await on the horizon.
PREMIER System Integrators has rebranded its name to EOSYS to reflect their changing focus in terms of company culture and services the company offers.
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.
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.
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.
A system integrator explains six industrial data requirements for factories of the future using an apple-pie baking example.
System integrators can help improve operational visibility and cybersecurity posture for industrial control systems (ICSs) with serial communications monitoring.
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.
Automation system integrators contractors can provide a central point of coordination and responsibility for all aspects of an automation project.
Achieve that go/no-go decision and avoid killing a project before it begins
Integrator companies Andritz Automation, Applied Control Engineering and The JDI Group are recognized for their outstanding achievements.
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.
A system integrator can help end users navigate the best path toward a new optimized automation system solution
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
System integrator offers a successful approach to attracting, recruiting, training and retaining excellent engineering talent.
System integrators face common challenges with incorporating original equipment manufacturers (OEM) equipment into automation projects, but there are some proven strategies to drive success.
System integrator gives advice on complying with Class 1, Division 1 as well as how to work with bourbon distillers in Kentucky.
Control system upgrade of spray dryer improves product quality and profitability.
System integrator offers expert advice on designing equipment and procedural batch models.
Claiming the role of the system integrator in the digital transformation.
System integrator assembled a diverse collection of technologies to meet an aggressive schedule.
Wicked Weed Brewing increased production by a factor of five.
Each of five manufacturing cells have demonstrated an OEE increase of more than 20% compared to the prior system implementation
The overall gross revenue for the top 100 system integrators and their parent companies topped $26.4 billion as most businesses saw growth.
The December issue of AppliedAutomation focuses on system integrators (SIs) providing quality work to their customers.
Canadian food & beverage company, Grober Nutrition, expanded to the U.S. with the help of Optimation Technology Inc., and keeps growing.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Caleb Otto used his engineering background and love of holiday tradition to set up a musical light display at his family home.
There are many innovations available for integrators to choose from as machine and embedded vision technology continues to evolve.
We apply domain knowledge and fundamental science to minimize variance and maximize results.
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.
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.
The success of a bourbon plant's system integration requires a smooth combination of controls and information.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Control system integration: Very few plants have one monolithic controller running everything. Instead, many have subsystems which need to be interconnected for maximum effectiveness.
For successful automation projects, lean on subject matter experts and historical data to develop the most accurate project estimate possible.
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.
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.
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.
Manufacturing Enterprise Solutions Association (MESA) International seeks examples about making manufacturing smarter, highlighted in its Smart Story Awards.
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.
Interview with Jagannath Rao, President at Siemens Customer Services Division, at Hannover Messe.
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.
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.
Maximize performance and simplify the process. Shift your perspective with solutions from a single-source.
The Energy Department announced up to $25 million in available funding aimed at advancing technologies to increase the efficiency of electric motors.
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.
EAO's Series 61 are modular switch ranges designed for applications with high temperature variations or mechanically demanding environments.
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.
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.
Ask Control Engineering: How can variable speed drives increase efficiency? Links to resources on variable speed drives are provided below.
The System Integrators of the Year combine technology with a customer-centric approach. See roundtable video discussion.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Callisto Integration was named one of Canada's Best Managed Companies in 2014 for excellence in business performance.
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.
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.
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.
The Control System Integrators Association added five companies from five different countries as well as a new partner member to their organization.
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.
The Control System Integrators Association (CSIA) reported a five-year period of sustained membership; worldwide membership has doubled for the association in that timespan.
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?
The Control System Integrators Association (CSIA) added six companies and five partner members from five countries to the organization.
Team projects require shared documents and programs, but poor version control can slow progression. See six best practices for version control.
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.
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)
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.
The agility described in the “Manifesto for Agile Software Development” has clear advantages, but what does it mean for production facility automation?
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.
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.
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.
Most traditional startup teams are composed of process engineers, controls engineers, electricians, and mechanists—but don't forget to consider plant personnel, too.
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.
Malisko Engineering is the 2015 System Integrator of the Year in the small system integrator category.
Eight judges were involved in selecting the 2015 System Integrator of the Year winners.
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.
The Control System Integrators Association (CSIA) has added nine companies and another company joined as a partner member.
Sometimes a process is easier to control if it “leaks.” Here’s a look at why.
When used appropriately, reuse can dramatically reduce the upfront engineering time and cost for a new project.
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.
Testing drive-and-motor systems is a three-step process.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Control System Integrators Association (CSIA) certified two companies and four companies from three countries also joined the organization.
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.
Turck's modular powerfast cordsets and accessories enable flexible design and modification in process automation applications.
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.
Siemens' PM240-2 230v single and 3-phase AC power modules are designed for Sinamics G120 drives.
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.
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.
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.
The Control System Integrators Association (CSIA) welcomed 20 companies to the organization from 12 countries as well as 13 new partner members.
System integration is very common in automation, and there are plenty of resources out there.
Laboratory information management systems are ideal for facilities that are looking to improve overall lab performance. Does LIMS make sense for you?
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.
Suffering a technical brain drain? Here are five specific ways customers can get effective help from vendors and distributors.
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.
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.
Ametek has acquired the Teseq Group, a Swiss-based test and measurement instrumentation manufacturer, for $92 million.
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.
Koch Industries, Inc. has completed their $7.2 billion acquisition of Molex, which will be an indirect wholly-owned subsidiary of Koch Industries.
The Control System Integrators Association (CSIA) welcomed ten new companies to the organization from four different countries as well as two new partner members.
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.
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.
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.
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?
Value of software standards was among automation system integration topics discussed by Callisto Integration at a recent software conference. Video is 3:08 minutes.
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.
The Control System Integrators Association welcomed 12 companies to the organization from four countries.
Consider how a PD controller would work, without an integral function. Would you ever want to use that approach?
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.
The Control System Integrators Association welcomes companies to association, recognizes recertified firms.
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.
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.
The Control System Integartors Association announced companies that have joined the association or have become certified or recertified.
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.
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.
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.
Moxa's VPort P26A-1MP-T is a fixed dome HD IP camera with EMI and surge protection designed for harsh, outdoor environments.
Molex's 75th anniversary highlights its continuing diversity globally as the company continues to develop technologies in communications, electronics, automotive, and aerospace engineering.
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.
Distributors offer a wide range of services in response to customers’ changing needs. See customer advantages and distributor checklist.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
At a Johnson Controls automotive supply plant, industrial wireless communications from ProSoft Technology decreases downtime by 50% in a mobile cart application.
At a Johnson Controls automotive supply plant, industrial wireless communications prevent wire breaks and decrease downtime by 50% in a mobile cart application.
The Control System Integrators Association (CSIA) added 13 integrator members from three different continents and six different countries.
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.
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.
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.
Freewave Technologies has moved to its new corporate headquarters in Boulder, Colorado, to help expand its operations.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Control System Integrators Association (CSIA) recertified Integrity Integration Resources and Thermo Systems, LLC.
Get to market in half the time using emulation, even with highly complex motion control installations.
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.
Murata Power Solution's MEJ2 series DC-DC converters offer strong energy efficiency while meeting electrical safety and medical standards.
ControlTech Automation is adding a second plant in North Atlanta to meet demand for control panels and electrical automation services.
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.
The Control System Integrators Association (CSIA) certified Electro Controles del Noroeste SA de CV and P.J. Kortens and Company Inc.
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.
More manufacturers will look to experts like CSIA members for help in managing risk and automating their industrial equipment and systems.
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.
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.
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.
The Control System Integrators Association (CSIA) recertified four companies, and added six new companies to the association.
AutomationDirect has expanded its line of M12 cables, receptacles, connectors, and bulkhead receptacles with expanded lengths and increased pole-shielded versions.
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.
Saft has been contracted by Boeing to provide Li-ion batteries for four small platform GEO satellites.
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.
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.
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.
HART-enabled process instrumentation is everywhere, but how does it communicate? New chip designs support this time-tested protocol.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Virtual Support Engineer service from Rockwell Automation is designed to remotely identify and resolve technical issues for OEMs in a secure environment.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Project Engineer, Matrix Technologies Inc. - BS Biomedical Engineering, University of Toledo
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.
System integrators are often courted by automation suppliers, but what’s in it for those involved?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Remote support, distribution or direct, upgrades, and software are among key automation service contract considerations.
Creating an interface that’s effective and efficient, and maybe it will look nice too.
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.
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.
The Control System Integrators Association (CSIA) has added four system integration firms and two participating members to the group.
Business for Patti Engineering has increased due to strength of engineering team, its partnership with AWC, and new oil drilling technology projects.
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.
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.
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.
CSIA has advocated for a NAICS code for automation and control system integrators.
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.
If you’re planning any kind of control system upgrade or migration, make sure your plant documentation is in order.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The SED-1010S by Aaxeon Technologies transfers data to devices up to 1.2 km from a high-speed RS232 over CAT-5 extender.
Tips and Tricks: When selecting your next ac-dc industrial power supply, don’t overlook these five important considerations, including hours of operation and...
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.
Rockwell Automation boosts Terepac micro circuit production for Internet-enabling small devices.
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.
Maverick Technologies has agreed to a multi-year deal with The Dow Chemical Company to provide services for Dow projects globally.
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.
Inman Mills is the sixth of seven textile manufacturing facilities Patti Engineering Inc. has modernized with custom designed automation technology. Technologies used include...
Harting has reached an agreement with Digi-Key, which will expand availability of Harting electronic and electrical connectors.
Enpirion's EN2300 family of 12 Volt DC-DC converters use PowerSoC technology for better system integration.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Pencil production via National Instruments shows synchronized integration of machine vision and motion systems.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Enclosure ratings, filters, input and output, networking, and safety are among enclosure design considerations.
Once you leave engineering school and move into the trenches, you'll appreciate the collective experiences of this group.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Pepperl+Fuchs' IC-KP2-2HB18-2V1D IdentControl compact RFID Controllers feature CC-Link communication, which is used often with Mitsubishi PLCs.
Tips and tricks: Setting up a power conversion circuit requires forethought to avoid headaches. Advice follows to ensure control loop stability.
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.
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.
Balluff's RFID handhelds have two software solutions that allow users to customize RFID and bar code to personal preference.
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
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.
Cicoil’s Highly Flexible Silicone Cables are designed for continuous motion and harsh weather conditions.
Inside Machines: Integrated control architecture helps reduce installation time and improve machine performance for food equipment manufacturer, in part, by reusing code.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Control system integrators are seeing companies invest in business system capability, according to the Control System Integrators Association (CSIA).
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.
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.
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.
CAN in Automation released version 3.0 of the CAN truck gateway specification. The profile specification is based on the ISO 11992 series.
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.
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.
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.
L-com's USB 3.0 cable assemblies have added a type A female bulkhead.
Automation trends, issues, and advice are covered in a short Molex video with Control Engineering.
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.
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.
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.
Crimson 3.0 software platform from Red Lion Controls is now compatible with iVu Plus TG vision sensors from Banner Engineering.
The EL7201 integrates a servo drive for motors up to 200 W into a 12mm I/O terminal housing for the EtherCAT terminal system.
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.
UltraVolt has unveiled the –I5 and –I10 options, redefining its current high-voltage power supply line.
Measurement Computing offers a new low-cost 24-bit multifunction USB DAQ.
Integration project: Valves, controller spell out messages in a waterfall.
B+R Automation and Maplesoft are integrating products to reduce costs and individual effort, time for simulation-based developments.
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.
Hemco's new enclosures have a flexible, modular design with available accessories useful for automation and robotics.
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.
Cyclonaire released a group of level sensors designed for new and retrofit applications and they have mounting and probe options.
Kvaser in Sweden released their Rugged CAN to USB interfaces for engineers performing remote diagnosis, network troubleshooting.
Control panels designed by Ross SysCon are explosion-proof, more efficient, and have a small, more compact design, the company said.
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.
CFE Media agreement shares CSIA associate and certified member expertise with Control Engineering, Plant Engineering readers.
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.
Eaton DS7 soft start controller is designed to reduce energy costs and increase system life.
Advanced Motion Systems Inc. joined B+R's partner network, expanding B+R operations in Upstate New York, which is AMS' main headquarters.
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.
Maplesoft Maple 15 offers over 270 new mathematical functions, thousand enhancements to existing algorithms.
AutomationDirect's ZIPport product line has been expanded to include heavy duty multi-wire connectors to protect against dirt, moisture and mechanical stress.
MicroPower Direct's A600ERU series output 6 W dc/dc converters include an ultra-wide 4:1 input range and tight regulation.
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.
End users do perceive benefits when system integrators receive CSIA certification, according to research on end users and interviews by Control Engineering. See graphic.
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.
Why should I look for a company that carries some sort of certification? What does that mean?
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.
Control Engineering’s Vance VanDoren talks to the presidents of the winning companies, Martin Control Systems, ASECO Integrated Systems, and Maverick Technologies.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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.
Overhead suspension system designed to withstand high temperature washdowns and protect electronics.
Supplement to December 2009 Control Engineering
Four robots (Denso, Epson, Kuka, and Mitsubishi) cooperate in this desktop-sized demo workcell after two days of effort using graphical programming software.
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.
Human-machine interface, SCADA, and manufacturing execution system connections to OPC-UA are easier with Ingition software, says Inductive Automation.
Automation system integrators - download and return the nomination form for the 2011 System Integrator of the Year award from Control Engineering.
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.
At the CSIA conference, NASA's Kalmanje KrishnaKumar will present "Intelligent Control Systems: Shaping the Future of Aeronautics and Space Exploration."
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.
A partnership between Rockwell Automation and The MathWorks helps PLC-based machine builders benefit from simulation software, reducing design time 50%.
C&K Components illuminated pushbutton switch: 1 million actuations.
Swiss automation engineers use OPC DataHub to enhance Kimberly-Clark production facility.
Highly flexible modular enclosure design has simple, rugged aluminum construction for desktop or wall-mounted applications, says Elma Electronics Inc.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
Control System Integrators Association publishes its CSIA certification audit criteria on a reorganized website.
Highly accurate front-end design of the USB-powered DT9824 simultaneously samples up to four fully isolated 24-bit inputs, Data Translation says.
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.
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 ...
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.
Table of contents - 2010 Automation Integrator Guide, published December 2009
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.
Four new initiatives have been undertaken in the first six months of new leadership for the Control System Integrators Association (CSIA).
Manufacturing execution systems will get additional support in the Asia Pacific Region with several MESA organization initiatives.
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.
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.
Power supply maintenance cycles are significantly reduced with new battery and power supply technology from Falcon Electric.
Collaboration between companies designed to showcase intelligent energy management system for multiple energy source options.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
Kepware protocols communicate over many infrastructures, wireless being one of them. Wireless communication is helped with a quality communications product.
After months of delays, the SCADA system project at the Baton Rouge Wastewater Pump Station can continue. Stan Prutz's project diary continues.
QuoteWerks and SugarCRM partner to deliver sales quoting efficiencies to the Open Source and On-Demand CRM communities.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Adcock Ingram partners with Johnson Controls to improve control, reduce headquarters facility energy consumption.
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...
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.
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...
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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.
Municipalities plan to upgrade systems, while integrators and control system vendors anticipate new projects. Link to where the money goes, better economic news
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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, ...
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.
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.
Version 1.9 Eplan Electric P8 CAD/CAE software adds productivity.
New Wonderware software provides library of templates and graphics for facilities application development.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Eurotherm, supplier of control, measurement, and data recording products and services, named four companies to its Factory Trained System Integrator Group, with expertise in....
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.
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.
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.
OMAC Packaging Workgroup expects to demonstrate benefits of packaging line integration at Pack Expo International 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.
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.”
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.
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.
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...
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...
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.
Here's advice for designing better NEMA enclosures and enclosing wireless equipment for safely in hazardous areas. See photo.
Three system integrators are now working under the unified company name of Avanceon. See image.
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....
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.
New or existing automation system integrators will get some help in a series of presentations at ISA Expo. Advice includes...
A system integrator partered with a local college to offer lower-cost engineering skills.
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.
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
A validation testing technician, responding to a Control Engineering survey on dc power supplies, provided insights on linear and switching power supplies, including....
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….
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....
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Links follow. Discussions include a new model diagram, use of XML schemas, another technology demonstration to illustrate the concepts, and recipe control.
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...
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.
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...
Eaton Corp.’s newest scalable UPS helps protect dense computing systems against faulty power.
Carlo Gavazzi EM26 Energy Analyzer can be used in three phase applications or installations where energy consumption is to be monitored and saved.
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.
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.
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.
Pricing for Stellaris line is a first for microcontrollers based on ARM architecture, says Frost & Sullivan.
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.
Noren Products Inc. released its smallest and lowest-cost air-to-air heat exchanger, a cabinet cooler to protect electronics, drives, and controls from....
A high performance Data Translation USB module for sound and vibration analysis has four 24-bit IEPE (integrated electronics piezoelectric) sensor inputs and….
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...
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.
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.
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.
Weidmuller, Control Dynamics International partner, for energetic connectivity.
Device offers communication, motion control via thought. Think of the applications….
RFID (radio frequency identification) technology discussions continue, twice this month, and later in the year.
Raw material and energy costs headed the list of manufacturing cost concerns, according a recent survey, though the spending outlook seems positive.
How would a new corporate membership to OMAC (Open, Modular, Architecture Control User Group) help you?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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...
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...
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.
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."
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sigma Pharmaceuticals Limited automated its regulatory compliance processes by adopting a manufacturing execution system (MES) with electronic batch record (eBR) capabilities.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A CompTIA survey finds disparate numbers between technology purchases and actual deployment.
Symbols for chemical, building automation, water and wastewater, wire and cable and more empower users of Wonderware InTouch 10.
The IBM offerings, which include the Infor ERP LN Software and IBM Global Business Services, will help clients streamline operations and automate business processes.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Mt. Olive Pickle Co. Inc., the largest privately held pickle company in the U.S., is using voice over Internet protocol (VoIP) technology.
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.
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.
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%.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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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.
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.
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 .
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Version 3.0 of Longwatch’s Video Surveillance System enables SCADA system operators to monitor remote locations visually using existing communication networks.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 .
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Automation Integrator Guide 2007 - Table of Contents and links to articles for the 2007 edition articles, printed December 2006
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...
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.
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.
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 .
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
ISA's Wireless Systems for Automation standards committee (ISA-SP100) agreed to form two new standards working groups, SP100.14 and SP100.11.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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 ...
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.
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.
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.
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.
Cincinnati, OH — Advantech Co. Ltd . and AsusTek Computer Inc .
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
GE Fanuc Automation Americas Inc. has named Engineered Software Products Inc. (ESP) as a new Premier Solution Provider.
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.
Claire Cerrato, manager, GlobalCare, GE Fanuc Automation, recently answered Control Engineering questions about services for automation.
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.
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...
Matrikon Inc., a provider of industrial intelligence software has acquired Resolution Integration Solutions Inc. (RIS), a plant management information system technology company.
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.
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...
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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Developer kits are popular and useful tools for implementing board-level, microprocessor, and similar kinds of products.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Geotest-Marvin Test Systems Inc. has introduced a new program to help system integrators to provide turnkey solutions for the test and measurement market.
"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.
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.
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.
The Control and Information System Integrators Association (CSIA) recently appointed the executive council members, who will lead the group for the next 12 months.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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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.
Pittsburgh, PA—Plant engineers and operators responding to Chromalox’s recent market survey report that U.S. manufacturers are preparing for a strong 2004.
In response to the growing demand for their combined services, Hallam Engineering and Integrated Control Systems (ICS) have formally merged to form Hallam-ICS.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.)
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...
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.
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.
To help it support users in the San Francisco Bay Area, Maverick Technologies opened its new Fairfield, CA, facility in early September 2003.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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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).
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada- Matrikon Inc. announced Sept. 25 that is has completed its acquisition of Hunter Control Pty.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Cleveland, O. - Parker Hannifin Corp. announced Jan. 31 that it has acquired IPS Industrial Profile Systems (Houston, Tex.) for an undisclosed sum.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 ...
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...
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.
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.
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...
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.
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...