What is discrete manufacturing?

Discrete manufacturing refers to factories that make individual things, different from a process that produces a tank or a vat of something.
Shashidhara Dongre is global head, smart products and services practice at L&T Technology Services. Courtesy: L&T Technology Services.
Sensors, Vision January 11, 2020

Critical sensor applications: Diagnostics or redundancy?

Using sensors in age of smart devices and systems require more knowledge about sensor system design to ensure reliability and accuracy in critical automation applications. See three key trends in sensor engineering and design.

By Shashidhara Dongre
Motors, Drives January 30, 2019

Diagnosing motor health: Start with the basics

Temperature, power quality, and torque all are strong indicators of a motor's health.

By Frank Healy
Sensors, Vision December 6, 2018

What is machine vision, and how can it help?

Understanding how machine vision works will help you see if machine vision will clear up specific application difficulties in manufacturing or processing.

By Frank Lamb
PID, APC July 3, 2018

Ladder logic’s future role in automation

Nine considerations when selecting a programming language. Ladder logic is favored by manufacturers in discrete industries, but as technology and automation evolve, its usefulness compared to other IEC 61131-3 programming languages and PC programming depends on application complexity and other factors.

By Jon Breen, Breen Machine Automation Services
Sensors, Actuators November 30, 2017

Picking the right discrete sensor for a machine application

There are many considerations for picking a discrete sensor for a machine application. These include if the sensor is being used for position detection or part detection or if the application is hazardous. See four factors for industrial sensor specification.

By Frank Lamb, Automation Consulting LLC
Motors, Drives September 24, 2012

Permanent magnet motors outperform induction motors in many applications

Permanent magnet synchronous motors offer significant advantages on high-energy-consuming and high-dynamic applications, compared to induction motors. See table, photo gallery.

By Harald Poesch