Workforce Development

Workforce Development June 1, 1998

Human element gains importance in enterprise integration

Old news: PCs are invading all areas of the control and automation field and plant floor and business administration systems are growing ever closer. New news: Efforts to coordinate all aspects of a manufacturing enterprise must include the people, intellectual capital, job descriptions, and personnel issues that work in concert with the enterprises' other systems and equipment.

By Jim Montague
Workforce Development February 1, 1998

LVDT/RVDT Signal Conditioner

San Diego, Calif. —Model 451 is a microprocessor-based LVDT/RVDT signal conditioner offering transducer calibration without the need to use laboratory procedures. Using the two front-panel controls, a pushbutton display and a pushbutton rotary encoder allow the Model 451 to be calibrated to the transducer while installed and operating.

By Staff
Workforce Development January 29, 1998

Open, Modular Architecture Controls at GM Powertrain — Why Are OMAC Systems Needed in GM Powertrain?

GM Powertrain Organization GMPTG Math-Based Manufacturing Strategy GMPTG OMAC Implementation Strategies Why Are OMAC Systems Needed in GM Powertrain? GMPTG has always been known as a leader in advancing control technologies, notably for its involvement in the development of PLC's. GMPTG is once again leading the implementation of OMAC-based systems in its manufacturing facilities because it recognizes the need to have a new generation of manufacturing systems that are agile in order to produce products matching the demands of the fast changing market place. The OMAC effort has gained a great deal of recognition and momentum since the publishing of the OMAC White paper in August, 1994.

By C. Michael Taylor, et al.
Workforce Development January 22, 1998

Open, Modular Architecture Controls at GM Powertrain — Appendix A — Contacts for Government Sponsored Projects

DOE - TEAM Project Richard Neal, Program ManagerMartin Marietta Energy SystemsP.O. Box 2009Oak Ridge, TN 37831-8068 Phone: 423-574-1862Fax: 423-576-4663 DOE - ICON Project Bob BurlesonLawrence Livermore National LabP.O.Box 808Livermore, CA 94550 Phone: 510-423-1967Fax: 510-423-2419 NIST - Enhanced Machine Controller Project Fred ProctorNISTBuilding 220, Room B127Gaithersburg, MD. 20899 Phone: 301-975-3425Fax: 301-990-9688 DOD - Title III Open Architecture Machine Tool Controller Project Carroll FallsOasys Group, Inc.1300 Iroquois Avenue, Suite 160Naperville, IL.

By C. Michael Taylor, et al.
Workforce Development January 1, 1998

Software Helps Remote Robot Maintain Generators, Cut Downtime

When you measure downtime in thousands of dollars per minute, reliability and good maintenance become practically priceless. Unfortunately, knowing this doesn't make it any easier to get inside a nuclear reactor's pressurized steam generators to inspect, clean, and maintain its pipes and tubes.

By Staff
Workforce Development January 1, 1998

Controlling Chaos: Using Nonlinear Dynamics for Feedback Control

Chaos theory is now being studied aggressively. Simple practical control of the double pendulum is extremely promising for many control applications.

By Paul S. Linsay, Lipton/Linsay Associates
Workforce Development January 1, 1998

Advanced Control Software Goes Beyond PID

PID loops control a majority of the automated processes in industrial facilities. The proportional-integral-derivative (PID) algorithm is both simple and reliable, and has been applied to hundreds of thousands of control loops over the last 50 years.However, not all industrial processes can be controlled with PID loops.

By Vance J. VanDoren, Control Engineering
Workforce Development January 1, 1998

Road to Engineer’s License is Both Difficult and Worthwhile

Many professions involve some certification procedure whereby practitioners can demonstrate competency. For lawyers, it's the bar exam. For accountants, it's the CPA. For engineers, it's the P.E.—the Professional Engineer's license.A P.E. license entitles practitioners to advertise themselves as "engineers" and offer engineering services to the public.

By Vance J. VanDoren, P.E.