Control Design Essential Series
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Written by the editors of Control Design, the mission of the Essentials Series is to provide industrial machinery designers with an up-to-date, top-level understanding of a range of key machine automation topics. Our intent is to present essential engineering concepts in a practical, non-commercial fashion, together with a review of the latest technology and marketplace drivers.
Cut Costs, Boost Machine Flexibility with Distributed Servo Systems
|Until a few years ago, the servo drives and associated power supplies for the typical industrial machine were all installed in air-conditioned, centralized drive cabinets, often requiring long power runs and feedback cables out to the motors themselves. On large machines especially, this approach required a good bit of installation and commissioning work be reserved for the end-user's facility. Meanwhile, end users were demanding more modular, flexible machines that could accommodate rapidly shifting demands. In this latest installment of the Control Design Essentials series, learn how you can cut costs and build more flexible machines with distributed servo systems.|
Essentials of Data-Driven Automation Design
|In this concise Technology Brief, Control Design's editors explore how a new generation of tools and methodologies are demonstrating design cost savings of up to 80 percent, along with significant improvements in design integrity and project execution time.|
|Advances in digital signal processing, networking and computing technology allow today's electronic weighing systems not only to perform their tasks more quickly, reliably and accurately, but also to diagnose and alarm when system faults are imminent, protecting the user from unanticipated downtime. Further, weighing systems that consist of multiple load cells networked to a central processor can even provide "run flat" protection—compensating for a faulty load cell so that production can continue while a fix is applied. This installment in Control Design's popular Essentials series will help you grasp the key considerations when selecting and implementing an electronic weighing subsystem.|
|Rather than build one's own hardware and develop code from scratch, most control systems designers would prefer a purpose-built platform with configurable software — provided it can get the job done. And when it comes to industrial machine control, today's embedded system designer has at his or her disposal more off-the-shelf options — and more power and flexibility — than ever before. In this Essentials report, the editors of Control Design explore the pros and cons of the range of options available, from classical programmable logic controllers to high-performance.|
|The ability to peer into the operation of a remotely located machine has long been a holy grail of the industrial OEM. Troubleshooting problems remotely can resolve an estimated 70% of production issues without the need for a service call, saving the machine builder time and money and saving the end-user from profit-sapping downtime. In this Essentials installment, the editors of Control Design discuss the best ways to manage remote access and ensure security, while minimizing the concerns of often resistant IT departments.|
|When an industrial accident occurs and a worker is injured or killed, lawsuits and governmental agency investigations often follow. Attorneys and regulators will ask the question: "What did the company do to ensure that the machine was as safe as possible?" The machine builder, automation equipment manufacturers and the systems integrator may also be named in the lawsuit. In this latest installment of Control Design's Essentials series, our editors examine key regulatory and technical issues involved in ensuring safe machine operation — and how OEMs can go about maker their machines as safe as possible without impacting productivity.|
|Human-machine interface (HMI) solutions can range widely in sophistication and cost, depending largely on how much interaction and information exchange is required between the human operator and the machine in question. A relatively simple, unconnected machine may need only a few hardwired lights and pushbuttons. But at the other end of the spectrum, a fully functional industrially hardened PC may be required. In this exclusive report, the editors of Control Design review the most important considerations.|
Over the years, a range of sensor technologies has been developed to replace that old standby, the contact limit switch. The key advantage of presence or proximity sensors is that they are solid-state devices that detect the presence of a target without actually touching it. But as the editors of Control Design discuss in this interactive white paper, different applications are best suited to different sensor technologies, including inductive, capacitive, ultrasonic and photo-electric devices. Learn the key application considerations for choosing among sensor technologies, as well as the latest usage trends in this exclusive report.
This edition of Control Design's popular Essentials series covers modernization on the design floor, while keeping security at the forefront as the plant network shares data to the cloud and beyond via IoT.