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Market Intelligence Report: Machine Safety Part 2
October 18, 2010
Machine safety doesn't cost; it pays. This is because many machine safety tools are getting easier to use, risk assessments are simpler to do, and safety standards are harmonizing. Machine safety is evolving from an obstacle to an opportunity, yet many industry professionals continue to see machine safety as a costly add-on to production. Executive Editor Jim Montague speaks with Fred Hayes, director of technical services at the Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute, about the latest trends in machine safety methods and equipment now being used in industrial machines and applications. Watch this report to learn more.
Market Intelligence Report: Machine Safety Part 1
September 27, 2010
Machine safety doesn't cost; it pays. This is because many machine safety tools are getting easier to use, risk assessments are simpler to do, and safety standards are harmonizing. Machine safety is evolving from an obstacle to an opportunity, yet many industry professionals continue to see machine safety as a costly add-on to production. Executive Editor Jim Montague speaks with Fred Hayes, director of technical services at the Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute, about the latest trends in machine safety methods and equipment now being used in industrial machines and applications. Watch this report to learn more.
Market Intelligence Report: Electromechanical Components
August 16, 2010
Control Design surveyed its readers to get a look at the types of electromechanical technologies now being used in their machines and applications. Managing Web editor Katherine Bonfante talks with Chris Lovendahl, sales manager for Concep Machine in Northbrook, Illinois, who interprets Control Design's survey findings.
Market Intelligence Report Programmable Controller Platform
June 14, 2010
Control Design surveyed its audience to understand the programmable controller landscape, including who's using PLCs, PACs or PCs for control and whether they're using integrated platforms that include control, motion, HMI and I/O. T. J. McDermott, senior project engineer of Formost Fuji (www.formostfuji.com) in Woodinville, Washington, interprets the survey results from a machine-builder perspective when he speaks with Control Design's Executive Editor Jim Montague.

Market Intelligence Report: Motion Control Part 3
March 22, 2010
Control Design's Managing Editor Mike Bacidore and James Ingraham, software development team leader at Sage Automation, builder of robot systems in Beaumont, Texas, evaluate the results of Control Design's latest survey on motion control. The survey asked its participants about incremental vs. absolute encoder options, motion simulation software and the biggest motion-control challenges faced by respondents. Answers also are compared to data retrieved in the 2009 poll on motion control. Watch this video report to learn about the results of this survey.

Market Intelligence Report: Motion Control Part 2
February 22, 2010
To learn which types of motors engineers, machine builders and system integrators are using and whether they're already integrated with drives, Control Design polled its readers. We also gathered and analyzed answers about synchronization and linear motion applications, weighing the results against how our participants responded in 2009. Control Design's Digital Managing Editor Katherine Bonfante and James Ingraham, software development team leader at Sage Automation, builder of robot systems in Beaumont, Texas, discuss what the results mean.
Market Intelligence Report: Motion Control Part 1
February 16, 2010
Control Design surveyed its audience to get a snapshot of which motion controller they're using, the update rates they require and their protocol of choice for moving the information. Results were compared to 2009 findings, and James Ingraham, software development team leader at Sage Automation, builder of robot systems in Beaumont, Texas, spoke with Control Design's executive editor Jim Montague to analyze the survey responses.
Market Intelligence Report: Sensors & Vision
December 15, 2009
Control Design's Managing Editor Mike Bacidore and Rixan Associates' Director of Egineering, Mark Battisti, go over Control Design's results of its latest survey on machine sensors and vision systems. The survey asked its participants about the type of sensing they currently used in their machines including vision systems, how end-users are connecting to I/O, what they use machine vision for and whether wireless sensing is a viable option. Watch this video report to learn about the results of this survey.
Market Intelligence Report: Drives & Motors
October 26, 2009
Control Design surveyed its audience to get a snapshot of the types of drive technologies currently being used on their machines, including servo drives, stepper motors and supporting components and software. Kevin Pauley, control systems engineer at Wrapade, joins Control Design's executive editor Jim Montague to analyze the survey responses from a machine-builder perspective.
Market Intelligence Report: Discrete Automation Controllers
September 14, 2009
Machine builders and machine users don't have time to waste. The builders must construct equipment to meet precise specifications and provide specific and often unique capabilities, and they usually have to do it on very tight schedules. When it comes to the choice of machine controller, most builders and end users specify only the features they find absolutely necessary, while keeping in mind scalability for future needs. ControlDesign.com polled its machine automation professionals on their controller preferences and here is what they have to say.
Market Intelligence Report: I/O Systems
August 25, 2009
Jeff Hanna, manager of control product development at Intelligrated, and Lee Hilpert, president of HilTech, share their wisdom and opinions on the results of a recent Industrial Networking survey on how industrial users employ I/O points, modules and related devices. We asked readers to choose their preferences on a number of topics—centralized vs. distributed; hardwired vs. fieldbus; reliability vs. compatibility; PLCs vs. PCs—and discovered a surprising rank and file on either side.
Market Intelligence Report: HMI/Operator Interface
August 17, 2009
Control Design recently surveyed its readers to learn which interface features are all the rage with controls engineers. We asked about the hardware they prefer, how big screen sizes should be, the software they’re using to develop display code and whether Web browsers should be included in the HMI. Rob Bouws, product development engineer at Extol, comments on the research results and provides some interesting insights..
Market Intelligence Report: Circuit Protection
August 6, 2009
Walt Boyes explains the implications of the responses received from CONTROL's 2009 survey on circuit protection. What factors determine the kind of circuit protection you use? Watch this video and get the entire report. Find out the circuit-protection procedures and practices of our audience.
Market Intelligence Report: Programmable Controller Platforms
June 12, 2009
Control Design recently surveyed its readers to learn which programmable controller platforms they're using. We asked about the controls they prefer, whether they've switched recently, the scan times they need and the programming languages they use. John Lewis, vice president of engineering and construction at Fulghum Industries, joins us to add his insightful comments to the research results.
Market Intelligence Report: Safety and Control System Integration
May 22, 2009
To learn how engineers, machine builders and system integrators are integrating safety and control systems, Control Design polled its readers. We gathered and analyzed answers from more than 130 respondents. Many use programmable machine controls but still default to hardwired safety systems. Participants agree that initially higher costs of integrating control and safety are offset by reduced downtime in the future, but that customer resistance and other obstacles still hinder integrating them.
Market Intelligence Report: Power Supplies & Circuit Protection (2009)
April 23, 2009
Control Design recently surveyed its readers to learn about the power supplies and circuit protections now delivering the juice to their applications and production processes. We asked about their power protection policies, as well as use of surge protection devices, uninterruptible power supplies or UPSs, overload or short-circuit protection, and circuit breakers. Jack Chopper, chief electrical engineer at Filamatic, join us to interpret those answers from a machine-builder perspective. 
Market Intelligence Report: Motion Control
February 10, 2009
Michael Reuster, chief engineer, software engineering, at Trumpf, gives a machine builder's interpretation of the results from our reader survey on how controls engineers handle motion control.
Market Intelligence Report: Sensors & Vision
December 18, 2008
System Integrator Ned Lecky of Lecky Integration gives focus and clarity to the results of our reader survey on the use of sensors and vision systems.
Market Intelligence Report: Who’s Responsible for Machine Safety?
October 23, 2008
Scott Dibben, senior controls design engineer at Missouri Tooling & Automation, comments on the results of Control Design's reader survey on machine safety, giving a hands-on explanation of who's responsible for it and where to get the regulation information you need.
Market Intelligence Report: Electromechanical Components
August 25, 2008
Controls Engineer Brian Thomas of Modern Process Equipment offers some real-world insight into the results of our reader survey on the use of electromechanical components.
Market Intelligence Report: Design & Simulation Software
June 26, 2008
The Control Intelligence Agency (CIA) holds a press briefing on the results of its study on design and simulation software. See how the agency utilized its new virtual brigade to gather and present the data and find out what it is that machine builders find useful about E-CAD and simulation software. If you like what you see, you also can sign up to become part of the Control Intelligence Agency Virtual Brigade. 
Market Intelligence Report: Power Supplies/Circuit Protection
April 30, 2008
Our Control Intelligence Agency (CIA) agents face their toughest battle yet to protect the security and integrity of the results of our newest user study, "Power Supply and Circuit Protection Use." See how they overcame a near-catastrophic CHAOS threat and then learn about the power supply and circuit protection product preferences and implementation choices of our respondents.

Market Intelligence Report: I/O Systems
March 05, 2008
You've Never Seen I/O Data Like This Before. Get newly released inside information on I/O systems, collected from your peers and delivered in a whole new way. This video features the work of our intelligence-gathering field agents and covers such topics as I/O location, signal requirements, controller technology, connectivity and annual spending. This is the first of our 2008 intelligence reports.