System Integrators

Control system trends drive the future of automation by easier integration, connectivity, and advanced intelligences. Courtesy: L&T Technology Services
System Integrators September 13, 2019

Future of industrial automation: discern the possibilities, potential

Industrial automation is on the threshold of a new revolution, moving through rapid technology changes, adoption of new systems and networking architectures and looking toward interoperability of devices and systems.

By Dr. Keshab Panda
An electrocatalysis reactor built at Rice University recycles carbon dioxide to produce pure liquid fuel solutions using electricity. The scientists behind the invention hope it will become an efficient and profitable way to reuse the greenhouse gas and keep it out of the atmosphere. Courtesy: Jeff Fitlow/Rice University
System Integrators September 5, 2019

Greenhouse gases transformed into liquid fuel

Rice University researchers have found a common greenhouse gas could be repurposed in an efficient and environmentally friendly way with an electrolyzer that uses renewable electricity to produce pure liquid fuels.

By Mike Williams
Schematic of the material assembly and its outcomes. Courtesy: Northwestern University
System Integrators August 27, 2019

Researchers use polymer to strengthen graphene oxide sheets

Northwestern Engineering professors have developed a way to toughen up graphene oxide by layering it with polyvinyl alcohol, which can reduce failures due to cracks and piercings. This research could help with next-generation sensors and wearable electronics.

By Emily Ayshford
An illustration shows several arrangements of rhenium diselenide and molybdenum diselenide, which form a razor-sharp junction where they meet in a new transition metal dichalcogenide created at Rice University. The material is scalable and its band gap tunable for optoelectronics. Courtesy: Ajayan Research Group/Rice University
System Integrators August 16, 2019

Tunable 2-D material developed for optoelectronics, advanced computing

Rice University researchers are developing 2-D transition metal dichalcogenides, which could be useful for optoelectronic applications and quantum computing.

By Mike Williams
Rice University, Texas Southern University and the University of Houston have won a National Science Foundation grant to help underrepresented minorities pursuing academic careers in engineering and science. The principal investigators are, from left: Reginald DesRoches and Canek Phillips of Rice, Pradeep Sharma and Hanadi Rifai of the University of Houston, Yvette Pearson of Rice and Wei Wayne Li of Texas Southern University. Courtesy: Jeff Fitlow, Rice University
System Integrators August 14, 2019

Universities receive NSF grants to boost minorities in STEM fields

Rice University, Texas Southern University (TSU) and the University of Houston (UH) have won an NSF grant to help increase the number of underrepresented minorities pursuing academic careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) disciplines.

By Mike Williams
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System Integrators August 7, 2019

Next-generation control room technologies

Technology and demographics are changing control room design as companies try to lower risk and create appealing environments visually and operationally for the next generation of operators. See eight tips for control room design.

By Matko Papic
The reliability of the repair and new coils is guaranteed by extensive testing techniques. Courtesy: Sulzer
System Integrators July 24, 2019

Extending wind turbine reliability

Wind turbines are making a major impact on the power generation market, but they need constant maintenance in order to remain reliable and continue delivering clean energy, even after the manufacturer’s warranty has expired.

By Ron Bridges
Figure 3: Three eXtended Reality (XR) technologies, such as augmented reality (AR), mixed reality (MR) and virtual reality (VR), and digital twin models can add value to manufacturer applications. Courtesy: Industrial Internet Consortium
System Integrators July 10, 2019

Benefits of digitizing reality for workers in manufacturing

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

By Michael D. Thomas
Figure 3: Don’t integrate computers on the manufacturing floor without protection in mind. Courtesy: Armagard
System Integrators July 9, 2019

Tips for computer integration on the manufacturing floor

Installing computer systems can be an arduous process for new and existing manufacturing plants; basic best practices for enclosures can help companies avoid costly pitfalls and long-term challenges. See five tips for using computers on the plant floor.

By Daniel Waldron
Jesse Koenig, co-founder and VP of technology, Tempo Automation; Shashank Samala, co-founder, VP of product, Tempo Automation. Courtesy: Tempo Automation
System Integrators July 7, 2019

Improve PCBA manufacturing with a software-based approach

Printed circuit board assembly (PCBA) manufacturing is an exacting process that can take months to complete. The manufacturing cycle can be shortened.

By Jesse Koenig, Shashank Samala