DHS cybersecurity director on avoiding security vulnerabilities when connecting to the IIoT
Marty Edwards, head of the U.S. Industrial Control Systems Cyber Emergency Response Team, speaks about security vulnerabilities when control networks connect to other environments.
Fundamental security issues can be introduced when connecting control system environments to other environments such as business networks. Marty Edwards, director of Industrial Control Systems Cyber Emergency Response Team (ICS-CERT) at the U.S.
Will the next age be the Human Internet of Things?
IO-Link connects in Minnesota
Wireless sensors for applications in impractical locations
Hannover Messe is just a winter away
I/O innovations ─ drive machine control with input and output
Flexibility and modularity move I/O into new territory.
Input/output (I/O) devices are the linchpins of a machine’s automation system. The input could be inbound sensor data, and the output might be outbound actuator commands, but the automation scheme is dependent on the I/O, be it digital or analog,…
Fundamentals of analog inputs: How to choose the right device
Case Study: High-tech woodworking equipment made in America
Modular design shrinks big machine problems
What’s the best way to protect low-power circuits?
How do you protect controllers from cyber attacks?
11 experts discuss the Industrial Internet of Things
Wiring and tubing cleanup
The machine builders’ guide to remote monitoring
Programming standardization through IEC 61131
As software takes on a larger role, so do its costs.
Software continues to rise as a percentage of automation development costs. Enhancements or maintenance of the code can be more than double the initial costs. That's why standards are important. They're designed to improve productivity, quality and…
22 tips to ensure control panel maintainability
How controls make for a better machine
Spotlight on Pearson Packaging Systems: It all started with a six-pack
PLC vs. programmable relay
With its beginnings in a garage in 1955, Pearson Packaging Systems has built about 18,000 packaging machines over the years.
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Pearson Packaging Systems in Spokane, Washington, has been around since 1955. Its 60-year history started by helping to carry a six-pack of beer, and over time it developed a broad line of packaging equipment…
Benefits of providing standard, modified-standard or custom-engineered designs
A current view of The Technology Machine
IEC 61131-3 specifies syntax and semantics for a unified suite of programming resource
The father of the PLC explains the difference between the PLC and the PAC
How much effect will linear power supplies’ EMI have on machine controls?
A machine builder asks about the trade-offs between a switched mode power supply and linear regulated.
We’re trying to save cabinet space by changing from a linear regulated power supply to a switched mode power supply. From what I understand, we’ll get a higher power density with a smaller footprint, while the power factor is about the same. My biggest concern is, with so many devices offering built-in intelligence these days, will a switching power supply create so much electromagnetic interference that it will cause a controls problem on our form, fill and seal machines?
Any mounting recommendations to reduce EMI? What about unregulated? And how close are power supplies to offering their own control capabilities, or is that already available?
Power Supplies Get Smarter
High-End Protection for Low Power
Getting to a Better–and-Cleaner Power Source For Machine Builders
Why Fluid Power Matters as a Machine Motion Source
Multidiscipline teams transcend platforms and solve problems
U.S. government resources for cybersecurity
Cybersecurity: Who can hack it?
Mazak debuts new technologies for CNC control, remote connectivity
At Discover 2015, Mazak debuted new technologies for CNC control, remote connectivity and additive manufacturing.
How many times have you traveled to Florence, Kentucky, to see the future? I made the trip in October, and it was worth every mile.
Mazak hosted Discover 2015 and demonstrated quite a few of its new technologies at the machine builder’s North…
Which Encoder Communication Protocol Is Right for Our Application?
Take Control of Control Software
Where Do Machine Builders Find Components and Devices They Can't Get Anywhere Else?
Seven Ways to Get the Most Out of Your CNC Machine Cutting Tools
Can a simple application still benefit from a programmable logic controller, or is a programmable relay all it needs?
A Control Design reader writes: I have a small test system that I want to put error proofing on. The sensors are actuated in a very simple extend-and-retract sequence. The application only has four inputs and three outputs. Because it’s such a…
Why we should combine engineering with innovative methodologies
The father of the PLC explains the difference between the PLC and PC-based control
Will virtualization be the legacy hero?
How design software impacts development time, predictive modeling and thermal management
Our panel of industry veterans discusses shortened development times, predictive modeling, thermal management in the cabinet and how to select software based on the application.
Electrical design software has changed the way we build. Our panel of industry veterans discusses shortened development times, predictive modeling, thermal management in the cabinet and how to select software based on the application.
Meet the panel…
NIST Project to Give Design Software New Digital Threads
ECAD: Simple or Complex?
E-CAD/CAE II: State of the Art
E-CAD/CAE: a New Edge
Panel building advances OEM’s delivery times
Industrial vacuum machine builder uses a configurable control cabinet system to compress costs, as well as design-and-build cycle.
"Creating a configurable control cabinet reduced engineering and delivery time by nearly 50%," says Kevin Weaver, president at Northwind Air Systems, manufacturer of the DuroVac brand of industrial vacuums in Mississauga, Ontario. Weaver…
Yokogawa and Shell develop next-generation software suite
Who Ranked as the Best Product and Machine Design Software
Simulation Saves Time and Money
ATS Acquires CADCAM Solutions Supplier
Sensors: Automation for Nanopositioning Systems
Evolution of nanotechnology and nanomanufacturing impose demanding performance requirements
Multi-axis nanopositioning systems are widely used in most of modern nanotechnology and nanomanufacturing applications, such as scanning probe microscopy, nanofabrication and nano-patterning (e-beam lithography, for example), as well as various…
Targeted Detection With Presence Sensing
7 ways to make sure your motor measures up
Check out our roundup of helpful motor articles to make sure your motor measures up.
Are you taking care of your motor? Are you avoiding failures? Are you practicing energy efficiency?
Don't suffer from total motion control failure. Check out our roundup of helpful motor articles to make sure your motor measures up.
1. Soft starters…
Electronic controls synchronize motion for Hagerty Steel & Aluminum
Motion Control Association and Motor & Motion Association announce new merger
Moving forward with motors, drives and motion control
How do I synchronize conveyor speeds?
Variable frequency drive opens many options.
A Control Design reader writes: I'm adding a conveyor section to the end of an outfeed conveyor that changes speed due to production demand, and I plan to install a variable frequency drive (VFD). With some products, both conveyors must match speed.
Conveyor builder grows its product lines and its facility size
How to conserve energy and reduce noise with VFD cabling
How fast and accurate automation equipment produces a precise Swiss watch
Faster palletizing with a delta robot.
The Swiss watch industry protects the legendary reputation of its watches with the quality label, "Swiss Made." This level of quality can be achieved in terms of production technology only with fast and accurate automation equipment. This led Amax…
The Straight Skinny on Linear Motion
What's 'Pnew' in Pneumatics?
Turn to Pneumatics or Direct-Drive Linear?
Power Transmission Applications Use Lead Screws and Timing Belts, While Motion Control Applications Include High-Precision, Highly Repeatable Systems Equipped With Feedback and Servo Loops
Recall that a main component of a linear motion system is the linear actuator, which can be a pneumatic, hydraulic or electrical device. A good way to think of the various technologies in terms of a particular task is in the application's…
Webinar: Preparing for Ebola in the Water Sector
Hydroforming For Machine Builders Gets 21st-Century Makeover
The Lowdown on Hydraulics
Often overlooked, the ability to provide standard, modified-standard or custom-engineered designs has its benefits.
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Combining standard designs with the capability to engineer unique, turnkey systems, based on the customer's needs, has helped Millwood in Vienna, Ohio, to stretch and grow. "Having the engineering resources…
How manufacturing innovation trumps theft
Should you use solid-state or electromechanical relays?
Is a stepper or servo best for torque optimization?
A machine builder wants to know the tradeoffs between stepper motors and servo motors for its CNC machines
We've been using stepper motors in the CNC machines we build. However, we sometimes lose steps because of the heavy table. We’ve considered putting a feedback device on the stepper application to optimize torque, but is there a better solution? Would a servo motor solve this? What are the tradeoffs?
See also: Two controls engineers discuss servo motors
When Industrial Steppers Measure Up
Infographic: If You Use Stepper Motors Are They Open or Closed Loop? (2014)
Infographic: If You Use Stepper Motors Are They Open or Closed Loop?
Benefits of Small Stepper Motors
Motion Control Joins the Efficiency Revolution
How to get energy efficiency under control
Robots Become Routine in Machine Designs
Servos Are Fun to Say and Are Useful For Most Automation Applications
November Showcase: Valves, Control Systems, Motors and More
See the Latest Product Innovations in the Industry
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Valve DriverD1 PWM Valve Driver is designed to drive and manage proportional valves. It converts proportional command voltage to a -1.1…1.1 A signal to drive the valve’s linear force motor. It works with 12 or 24 Vdc power supply and valve deadband; dither amplitude and maximum current are…
New Wireless Application Boosts Safety at Harcros
Integrated axes crank up cold working
Speculating on Valve Futures
What's Your Flow Control Valve Telling You?
Commission machines with the swipe of a finger
International Minecraft 'Builder Bowl' tournament announced
MTCConnect Institute Releases v 1.3.0 of Communication Standard
Upgrade of Open-Source Standard Enables Better Device Connectivity, Machine-to-Machine Communication, Improved Readability
The MTConnect Institute (www.MTConnect.org) has released MTConnect standard version 1.3.0. The standard is an open-source communication standard for interoperability of manufacturing equipment and devices. This version provides significant features, which include inter-device connectivity to enable machine-to-machine communication, additional data items for equipment and devices, as well as improvement to readability of the standard documents. With this release, the MTConnect Institute also launches the MTConnect User Portal, a community site for implementation best practices and shared experiences about implementation of the standard located at www.MTCup.org.MTConnect is an open, royalty-free, secure standard that provides a common…
Smart Technology to Drive Smarter Process Plants
Posital-Fraba is Named Global Rockwell Encompass Partner
Mouser Unveils New Security Applications Site
How energy solutions enable sensing capabilities in places even without power.
Many applications require measurements in places where wires or the sensing devices themselves are difficult to place. And, if communication wiring isn’t viable, then power cables aren’t any more likely. But measurement data waits for no one.
Sensing and vision ride the wave of robot and IIoT growth
Case Study: Vision guides high-speed robotic packaging
How sensors and switches can improve operator safety on the plant floor
VDI and VDMA come together for new machine vision standard
VDMA is a new supporter of the standard VDI/VDE/VDMA 2632 Part 2, designed to serve suppliers and users of machine vision.
The VDI/VDE Society Measurement and Automatic Control of the Association of German Engineers (VDI) and the sector group Machine Vision of the VDMA (German Engineering Federation) have agreed to jointly disseminate a guideline of specifications for…
VDMA: Machine vision market surging
Machine vision market off to record start in 2015
Make risk assessment your critical first step in functional machine safety design
Our State of Technology Report explores in greater detail technology trends in the arena of machine safety.
Machine safety protects employees from unsafe conditions and known hazards, reduces costs such as medical and insurance expenses, helps companies to comply with regional or international regulations and improves productivity or avoids complete…
Arc flash: Trained but not applied
Rockwell accepting nominations for 2015 Manufacturing Safety Excellence Awards
7 must-read articles on machine safety
Proximity Sensors Enable Object Detection to Determine What is Where
To be sure you hit a target, you have to see or somehow sense it. That truth lies behind the theory and practice of presence sensors, which are used to determine whether a box, bottle, piece of metal, or something else is there or not. Armed with…
Push, Pull, Show and Tell: Standalone Devices Play an Important Role in Operator Interfaces
Presence Sensors Travel into New Automation Applications
Presence Sensing: The Basics
Getting a Better Sense
This panel explains how the ISO 14119 safety standard, IP ratings and safety ratings have an impact on machine building.
Sensors and switches play important roles in safeguarding personnel, equipment and processes. This panel explains how the ISO 14119 safety standard, IP ratings and safety ratings have an impact on machine building in an age when increased production…
Manufacturing Workers - the Next Generation
Making Sense of Safety Components
Machine Safety Fits Everywhere
International Safety Standards Endorse New Machine Guarding Technologies
Hackers target human weakness, not system weakness
EY, Los Alamos National Laboratory create new cybersecurity tools for private sector
Smart Industry conference promises real-life approach to IIoT
Ignition software sparks SCADA
See how HMI, SCADA and MES are tying together applications with flexibility.
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Ignition software from Inductive Automation is an industrial software platform built for developing HMI, SCADA and MES applications. It includes real-time control and analytics, rapid development and…
InduSoft releases InduSoft Web Studio v8.0
Are our workstations ready for a virtual interface?
HMI displays increase angle of vision and cabinet protection
Some considerations for designers and builders of control panels that will help ensure the panels' maintainability.
One of our most popular articles on control panel design comes from a 2014 article by Don Fitchett, president of Business Industrial Network, an industrial training company, on considerations for designers and builders of control panels to help…
What’s the best way to measure, control and display?
Universal Panel Meter is configurable for measurement, display or control
Panel Meters Take on PLC Chores
Control Panel Design With Maintenance in Mind
A well-tested, standard control system is cost-effective and as simple as the design requires.
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Engineers focus on making packaging machines more rugged, versatile and simpler to integrate with a wide range of feeding systems and peripheral equipment at Matrix Packaging Machinery in Saukville, Wisconsin.
How do we communicate with aging PCs?
How multicore processing has opened new doors for PC-based controls
National Instruments Releases Its 2015 Trend Watch Report
Hillshire Brands operators improve visibility into production data with alarm management to cut waste
System integrator Grantek and Rockwell Automation help to improve yield by more than 100,000 lb with manufacturing intelligence strategy.
Americans consumed almost 450 million lb of breakfast sausage and ham in 2012, equating to nearly $1.5 billion in sales for sausage producers. While it might be true that most people don’t want to see the production process behind this hearty…
Manage Network Conflict: Provide Clarity on Which Applications Take Precedence
Better Tools Benefit Alarms
DuPont's Global Alarm Management Story
DTE Energy Tackles Unruly Alarms
Consider the Need for Safety Switches
No Matter What Type of Switch is Used, It’s Important to Recognize and Account for the Needs of Engineering Staff, Maintenance Personnel and Operators to Access a Machine for Upkeep and Cleaning.
When you've got to stop, you've got to stop. For machine builders, that's usually a job for safety switches. They allow safe access to dangerous machines by putting systems in a harmless state, which could mean cutting off power completely. In selecting a safety switch, it's important to keep in mind frequency and function, according to Roberta Nelson Shea, global marketing manager for Rockwell Automation. For something that needs to be opened only once a year, the best solution likely is to use simple guards, such as by completely encasing the area. More frequent access has to be easier. It's when access is frequent, but not constant that an interlocking safety switch comes into play."You expect somebody needs to get in there at least…
A Beacon for Wireless Signal Integrity
Smart Ethernet in New LDT for Automation Industries
BYOD Gains Traction as Employees Demand Access from Mobile Devices
Remote Access Is a Big Problem for Target Corp. and Fazio