What is virtualization? What is the cloud? What does analytics refer to?

Virtualization refers to moving one or more controllers or computing devices onto a larger computer (server) so that each may run independently within the compute resource, but appear to outside devices and systems as if they are independent controllers or computers. Cloud refers to compute resources usually located off-site with applications and storage that can complement local controllers and compute resources. Analytics usually refers to software, a usable collection of code and algorithms, designed to examine trends and patterns often not otherwise visible to humans. Such software can operate by comparing existing operations to historical data sets. Such analysis can happen offline from a process or inline with process controls and automation and can send alarms or actuate changes if so enabled.
Automation May 6, 2021

Automation built for resiliency

Resilient automation products and practices are a necessity for most industrial applications using sensors, wiring, power distribution, controllers, networks, actuators and software integrated into an automation system.

By Bill Dehner
Courtesy: Patti Engineering
Simulators, Optimizers May 5, 2021

Five technologies that can help manufacturers evolve after COVID-19

There are many currently available technologies that can help keep manufacturers productive right away as everyone adjusts to the new normal.

By Patti Engineering
Courtesy: Control Engineering, MIT
PID, APC May 5, 2021

Control loops benefit more than control systems

The world is filled with missing feedback loops that could improve performance if those loops were closed. Learn how your automation knowledge can help others.

By Mark T. Hoske
Courtesy: Mesoscale Materials Science Group, Rice University
AI and Machine Learning May 5, 2021

Neural nets used to rethink material design for batteries, more

Rice University and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, researchers introduced are using machine learning predict the evolution of microstructures in materials, which could change how items like batteries and other structures are made.

By Mike Williams
Courtesy: CFE Media and Technology
Business of Engineering May 4, 2021

Manufacturing index stays strong in April

The purchasing manufacturers' index hits 60.7% in April as new orders, production and employment continue to grow for manufacturing.

By Chris Vavra
Courtesy: Beckhoff
Industrial PCs May 4, 2021

Connected distribution center takes control of intralogistics challenges

Cover Story: A connected distribution center boosts device connectivity and networking capabilities with PC control and EtherCAT while cutting controller hardware costs by 50%.

By James Figy
Courtesy: Chris Vavra, CFE Media and Technology
Robotics May 4, 2021

Robots learning to grasp friction

A new law of physics that accounts for how robots grip objects, particularly web ones, has been discovered by North Carolina State University researchers.

By Matt Shipman
Courtesy: Applied Manufacturing Technologies (AMT)
Robotics May 4, 2021

Benefits of PLC-controlled robots

PLC-controlled robots, companies were given the opportunity to manage a robotic automation solution with a single, unified point-of-control between industrial robots and controllers.

By Applied Manufacturing Technologies (AMT)
Courtesy: OPC Foundation
Ethernet May 4, 2021

OPC UA: wider controller communications with TSN, APL

OPC UA uses Ethernet Time-Sensitive Networking (TSN) and the Ethernet Advanced Physical Layer (APL) for controller-to-controller communications, aiming for standard industrial interoperability.

By Peter Lutz
Courtesy: Emerson
Sensors, Actuators May 3, 2021

Safety instrumented systems: Diversity in flow measurement

The designer should consider what problems should be avoided via diversity — use of a different approach or technology.

By Mark Menezes