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An illustration shows the structure of epsilon-iron(III) oxide, an atomically thin material that is stable, stackable and unlike other iron oxides retains its unique magnetic properties at room temperature. Rice University engineers made the material with a simple method that allows it to be easily transferred and combined with other 2-D materials. Courtesy: Jiangtan Yuan/Rice University
System Integrators June 2, 2019

Researchers grow stable 2-D magnets for electronic, storage applications

Rice University researchers have simplified the synthesis of an iron oxide that could be combined with 2-D materials for electronic and spintronic applications that take advantage of their spin states.

By Mike Williams
A Hall-bar device structure (see inset) is wire-bonded to a 16-pin chip-carrier. The chip-carrier allows for extensive electrical characterization of the device at both low temperatures and high magnetic fields. Courtesy: Min Sup Choi/Columbia Engineering
System Integrators May 25, 2019

Fabrication platform produces pristine 2-D transistors

Columbia University engineers have developed a clean, damage-free fabrication process that creates pristine transistors made from 2-D material stacks.

By Holly Evarts
Atom Power announced its digital circuit breaker technology has been listed by Underwriters Laboratories (UL). Courtesy: Atom Power
System Integrators May 22, 2019

Digital circuit breaker certified for commercial use

Atom Power announced its digital circuit breaker technology has been listed by Underwriters Laboratories (UL), which is the first time a digital solid-state circuit breaker has been listed by the group.

By Atom Power
Figure: Three top skill sets to get ahead are engineering, project management, and communication/presentation. Courtesy: Control Engineering research, CFE Media and CFE Technology
System Integrators May 22, 2019

Continue education, improve attitude, use engineering tips, communicate effectively

Career update: Top areas of advice offer by respondents to the 2019 Career and salary survey from Control Engineering, CFE Media and Technology, are education, attitude, engineering tips, and communications.

By Mark T. Hoske and Amanda Pelliccione
Model-less multivariable control (XMC) automates the way operating teams have always carried out multivariable constraint control and optimizaton manually. Notably, this method does not require detailed models or embedded optimizers. XMC uses patented rate-predictive control (RPC) internally. Courtesy: APC Performance LLC
System Integrators May 13, 2019

Top 5 Control Engineering articles May 6-12

Articles about multivariable control benefits, control network standards, human-robot interaction, data historians, and IIoT benefits for manufacturers were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from May 6-12. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Courtesy: CFE Media
System Integrators May 11, 2019

Build secure networks as strategic backbones for digitalization

Operations technology (OT) and information technology (IT) organizations need to collaborate and build networks that effectively use digitalization to create an efficient and secure environment for companies.

By Donald Mannon
When any topology is possible, it’s easier to place devices and wiring where needed, maximizing efficiency from the start of network implementation. Courtesy: PI North America
System Integrators May 9, 2019

Industrial Ethernet considerations and advice

Best practices: Industrial Ethernet protocols should allow and promote industrial functions, easy connectivity, and use, and integration with other networks, including legacy networks. Consider this advice.

By Michael Bowne
Figure 1. Bypass and configured packages include a replaceable variable frequency drive. Courtesy: Yaskawa
System Integrators May 6, 2019

Top 5 Control Engineering articles April 29 to May 5

Articles about VFD replacements, object-oriented industrial programming, robotics research and development, evaluating a system integrator, IIoT benefits for manufacturers were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from April 29 to May 5. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Devon MacNeill Guglietta, P.E., is senior automation engineer, GlaxoSmithKline, and among winners of Engineering Leaders Under 40 in 2018. Previously she worked at Applied Control Engineering Inc. Courtesy: Devon MacNeill Guglietta
System Integrators April 24, 2019

Career advice for engineers: Work with the quirks

Engineers can excel by working with what makes them unique, rather than fighting against personality traits others might consider quirky.

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

Taking control of controls

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

By Bob Vavra