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HPE donated research equipment valued at $10.5 million. Among the equipment donated is a Clustex, used to deposit material layers on a wafer, a Titan Cubed Themis TEM Microscope, Helios SEM/FIB dual beam system, an ASM Atomic Layer Deposition tool and a NanoLab 460F1 electron microscope. Courtesy: Justin Baetge, Texas A&M Engineering
System Integrators June 20, 2019

University receives donation for computer architecture research facility

The Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station (TEES) announced the creation of the new Hewlett Packard Enterprise Center for Computer Architecture Research thanks to an $11 million donation made by the company.

By Texas A&M Engineering
Courtesy: Chris Vavra, CFE Media
System Integrators June 18, 2019

Providing security data in context for operators

Operators need to know the quality of that data within the proper context as the volume of data continues to increase to better prepare them for potential cyber attacks and other malicious events.

By Gregory Hale
Figure 1: Pump actual operating point, flow limited to 58% of design point. Courtesy: Sulzer
System Integrators June 13, 2019

Extending pump life expectancy

Field pump performance testing provides the expert with developed head, capacity and efficiency data under normal (or abnormal) operating conditions.

By Chris Muscavage
A new photonic chip design drastically reduces energy needed to compute with light, with simulations suggesting it could run optical neural networks 10 million times more efficiently than its electrical counterparts. Courtesy: Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
System Integrators June 12, 2019

Neural network chip developed to use light instead of electricity

MIT researchers have developed a photonic chip that uses light instead of electricity and is process massive neural networks more efficiently.

By Rob Matheson
Edward Watkins is project engineer, automation solutions at Maverick Technologies, a Control Engineering content partner. Courtesy: Maverick Technologies
System Integrators June 9, 2019

Control system integration projects: Petrochemical

See five lessons learned for a boiler control system upgrades, based on a system integrator’s experiences in the petrochemical industry.

By Edward Watkins
Rice University postdoctoral researcher Michael Stanford holds a flip-flop with a triboelectric nanogenerator, based on laser-induced graphene, attached to the heel. Walking with the flip-flop generates electricity with repeated contact between the generator and the wearer’s skin. Stanford wired the device to store energy on a capacitor. Courtesy: Jeff Fitlow/Rice University
System Integrators June 8, 2019

Flexible generators turn movement into energy

Rice University researchers have produced flexible devices that use laser-induced graphene, which are designed turn movement into electrical energy and could enable wearable, self-powered sensors and devices.

By Mike Williams
Industrial power supplies and UPSs can now connect to common industrial protocols like EtherNet/IP, Profinet, and EtherCAT, so users easily can access data about the state of the battery backup. Courtesy: Phoenix Contact
System Integrators June 7, 2019

Improving power supply intelligence

Control cabinet power supplies and uninterruptible power supplies (UPSs), thanks to higher-level intelligence, are evolving to provide operational information to users to make operations safer and more efficient.

By Ken Allwine
Courtesy: CFE Media
System Integrators June 5, 2019

System integrators use specialized skills for complex vision applications

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

By Winn Hardin
Courtesy: Steve Rourke, CFE Media
System Integrators June 4, 2019

Canadian controls company acquired to enhance oil and gas, integration industry segments

JMP Solutions announced they have acquired Calgary-based Hi-Def Controls to enhance their Western Canada presence, particularly in the oil & gas and system integration market.

By JMP Solutions
Figure 1: 74% of respondents expect a salary increase. Courtesy: Control Engineering research, CFE Media and CFE Technology
System Integrators June 3, 2019

Top 5 Control Engineering articles May 27 to June 2

Articles about Career and Salary Survey and research findings, fenceless robots, data historian history, and medium-voltage drives were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from May 27 to June 2. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra