Yokogawa launches Industrial Knowledge business unit for cloud-based solution expansion
Industrial Knowledge will focus on solutions that create value for industrial customers by collecting, integrating and analyzing data and converting it into an actionable form.
Yokogawa Electric Corporation has announced its establishment of Industrial Knowledge, a new business unit aimed at accelerating expansion of its business in asset intensive industries through the provision of cloud-based advanced solutions.
Hannover Messe 2016 to highlight real-world implementations of Industry 4.0
The manufacturing industry is on the verge of an evolution
CC-Link Partner Association celebrates 15th anniversary
Yokogawa acquires cloud data service provider Industrial Evolution Inc.
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?
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.
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
Expansion of the advanced solutions business in the industrial automation and control field is one of the main strategies set out in Yokogawa’s Transformation 2017 mid-term business plan.
Yokogawa Electric Corporation has announced the acquisition of Industrial Evolution Inc. to, it says, strengthen its provision of advanced solutions to the process industries. The acquisition of Industrial Evolution, a provider of cloud-based plant data sharing services, was carried out through Yokogawa Venture Group Inc., a wholly owned Yokogawa subsidiary that was recently established for the purpose of executing strategic mergers and acquisitions for the industrial automation and control business.
Expansion of the advanced solutions business in the industrial automation and control field is one of the main strategies set out in Yokogawa’s Transformation 2017 mid-term business plan. According to Yokogawa, based on Industrial…
Why HMI innovations may promise better access control
Various technologies in wireless sensors
The Latest Online Tools and Resources on Wireless Sensors
Control Design's quarterly section highlights some of the latest online tools and resources for various technologies. In this case, it covers wireless sensors.
Many of these kinds of sensors work on a wireless sensor network (WSN) as spatially dispersed and dedicated devices for monitoring the physical condition of industrial and process environments. The data they collect is organized at a central location, where it can be analyzed to optimize processes or used to monitor errors, so operators can take timely action. There are numerous types of wireless sensors, ranging from temperature to impact, strain, pressure, level, vibration and more.
A Simple Way to Add New Sensors?
WirelessHART is pertinent to the wireless sensors topic because…
Going mobile? Things you should know
How to make informed decisions on network choices
Filling systems with experience
What's a Wireless Ethernet Standard?
Networking devices for harsh environments
Components are tested for temperature and vibration extremes at RuggedCom.
I’m a software guy, so, when I was invited to Siemens’ RuggedCom plant tour, I was intrigued, as well as excited to see what these guys were doing.
RuggedCom started as a Canadian innovation story in 2002. It grew quickly and found the eye of…
Remote access goes fully mobile with HTML5 standard
Wonder why virtually every mobile device now offers easy access to your HMI? The HTML5 standard is the reason, and here’s how it works.
Most machine builders no longer have to be sold on the benefits of remote access to PC-based and embedded HMI servers by remote thin clients such as tablets and smartphones, but for those who still need convincing, here are some reasons to go…
Can I monitor and program using the same remote-access hardware or software?
Remote access is a big problem for Target Corp. and Fazio
Operator Interface Data: Monitor It and Move It
The beauty of single-point control systems
Keep it simple with ladder diagram
Ladder diagram is all that is needed for typical machine control applications. Do yourself a favor and use it.
Standards are important, but, as with most standards, often only a portion of it is widely used.
The IEC 61131 Open Programmable Logic Controller standard is an example of that. Although the IEC 61131 standard has four programming languages and a…
Top 10 most-read articles of 2015
Scalable control system is at the heart of water-treatment process skid
Programming standardization through IEC 61131
22 tips to ensure control panel maintainability
The IoTPAC combines control and a virtual HMI
Spotlight on Pearson Packaging Systems: It all started with a six-pack
Benefits of providing standard, modified-standard or custom-engineered designs
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
Siemens to acquire simulation software supplier CD-adapco
Function blocks come of age with a new generation of software
Multidiscipline teams transcend platforms and solve problems
These are the stories we were all reading, sharing and discussing in 2015.
1. Is the PLC’s obituary premature?
Much has been made in 2015 about the impending demise of PLCs, expected to meet their end as the inexorable digital advance renders them obsolete with the advent of PACs and more advanced computer-based…
Mazak debuts new technologies for CNC control, remote connectivity
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?
PLC vs. programmable relay
Why we should combine engineering with innovative methodologies
The father of the PLC explains the difference between the PLC and PC-based control
Cybersecurity: Who can hack it?
Infographic: If You Use Stepper Motors Are They Open or Closed Loop? (2014)
February 2014 Survey Results Show 53% of Respondents Use Closed-Loop Stepper Motors
An electronic survey of Control Design readers was conducted in February 2014 in order to identify usage and application trends in motion, drives and motor technology among the industrial machine builders that comprise Control Design's readership.
47% of respondents who use stepper motors use open-loop steppers; 53% use closed-loop.
Read all survey results.
Design basics of control enclosures in machines, automation and industry
Careful attention to requirements is necessary when specifying enclosures for use in machines, automation and industry
When specifying a control enclosure there are a wide range of requirements that must be met from physical size and form factor to environmental ratings and thermal considerations.
Your PLC and control hardware will need a safe and secure home…
Experts weigh in on best practices for control panel housings
Safety Relay or Safety-Rated PLC?
Safety Applications Become More Complex When More Than Three Inputs Must Be Monitored and Controlled
Machine and robot builders often need safety-rated monitoring and control, which can be accomplished with safety-rated relays or PLCs. "Many applications could use either a safety relay or PLC, but the choice depends on four main considerations: complexity, flexibility, availability and footprint," says George Schuster, senior industry specialist for the automotive team at Rockwell Automation.
SEE ALSO: Safety Relays or Better Diagnostics?
Safety applications become complex when more than about three inputs must be monitored and controlled, or when communication over a digital network is required. "Safety relays are hardwired to perform simple diagnostics and logic, and work well when the amount of safety points in the application are…
Relays: Out With the Old?
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?
How to streamline the design process with collaboration tools and more
E-CAD/CAE II: State of the Art
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
Agile project management control design methods
Agile software project management methods work for design projects as well but be sure to not turn it into a micromanage to-do list.
Much has been written about project management. You have probably been to a seminar or week-long project management class and now have a certificate to officially break down a project, line up the work and knock down the tasks in a sequential…
Sensors: Automation for Nanopositioning Systems
Targeted Detection With Presence Sensing
Nanotec to highlight innovative ideas for use of motors and controllers
For its 25th anniversary, Nanotec is seeking new application concepts for its integrated motors and controllers for an innovation contest.
For its 25th anniversary, Nanotec is seeking new application concepts for its integrated motors and controllers for an innovation contest.
According to Nanotec, design ideas must incorporate the use of field-oriented control, either with or without…
7 ways to make sure your motor measures up
Electronic controls synchronize motion for Hagerty Steel & Aluminum
Motion Control Association and Motor & Motion Association announce new merger
Exploring the efficiency of the B&R ACOPOS P3 three-axis drive
Even without taking advantage of the high performance electronics and processor, the B&R ACOPOS P3 provides an efficient and compact design with many benefits.
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Built for the future and scalable with improved electronics, the new B&R ACOPOS P3 three-axis drive is designed to be faster, more capable and the most efficient servo drive with integrated safety…
6 surprising capabilities of modern hydraulics
How do I synchronize conveyor speeds?
Conveyor builder grows its product lines and its facility size
Case Study: How this OEM controls in-line winders with pneumatics
Every break in production is extremely costly as restarting the equipment is an elaborate, time-consuming process.
Once an extruder starts to produce film, there is one golden rule—no shutdowns. Just like in steelworks, paper plants or the semiconductor industry, every break in production is extremely costly as restarting the equipment is an elaborate,…
How fast and accurate automation equipment produces a precise Swiss watch
The Straight Skinny on Linear Motion
What's 'Pnew' in Pneumatics?
Who would think this technology is highly precise, energy-efficient and ready today for Industry 4.0 applications?
Anyone gaining only a superfluous familiarity with fluid technology will easily underestimate the performance and intelligence of modern hydraulics. Who would think this technology is highly precise, energy-efficient and ready today for Industry 4.0…
Webinar: Preparing for Ebola in the Water Sector
Hydroforming For Machine Builders Gets 21st-Century Makeover
The Lowdown on Hydraulics
Why coordination is key for specifying a motion control system
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?
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
Display of PressureAG200 media-isolated, digital pressure gauge has 4–20 mA output signal and large LCD that can display psi, bar, kg/cm, ATM, inches H20 and Hg measuring units. With a test button, users can evaluate loop current to ensure the system is set up correctly and adjust the current in 2 mA increments. Loop current update rate is 32 times/s; the display updates 3 times/s. American Sensor Technologies973/448-1901www.astsensors.com
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?
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…
Commission machines with the swipe of a finger
International Minecraft 'Builder Bowl' tournament announced
N. American robotics market sets new shipment, order record for 2015
A total of 31,464 robots valued at $1.8 billion were ordered from North American companies during 2015, an increase of 14% in units and 11% in dollars over 2014.
Robot orders and shipments in North America set new records in 2015, according to Robotic Industries Association (RIA), the industry’s trade group.
According to the RIA, a total of 31,464 robots valued at $1.8 billion were ordered from North American companies during 2015, an increase of 14% in units and 11% in dollars over 2014. Robot shipments also set new records, with 28,049 robots valued at $1.6 billion shipped to North American customers in 2015. Shipments grew 10% in units and nine percent in dollars over the previous records set in 2014.
The automotive industry was the primary driver of growth in 2015, with robot orders increasing 19% year over year. Non-automotive robot orders grew five percent over 2014.
10 advantages of using vision to guide robots
The new world of collaborative robots
Case Study: Vision guides high-speed robotic packaging
STEM Education Can Start with Cool Toys
Wireless sensors for applications in impractical locations
Sensing and vision ride the wave of robot and IIoT growth
Successful machine vision starts with testing
Troublesome installations are often due to lack of initial testing.
A properly designed and tested machine vision system provides robust results and needs little tweaking. If that doesn't sound like your typical machine vision system, then perhaps some critical items were overlooked. If the application doesn’t…
VDI and VDMA come together for new machine vision standard
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
How sensing technologies bring human-like sensitivities to the machine interface
Presence Sensing: The Basics
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…
Smart Technology to Drive Smarter Process Plants
Posital-Fraba is Named Global Rockwell Encompass Partner
When machines need intrinsic safety
How to choose between purge/pressure, dust-ignition-proof and intrinsic safety designs for equipment in hazardous locations.
Machine designers often encounter situations where potentially explosive materials are generated during operation. Materials such as aluminum, titanium and wood are often used in industry but can become highly explosive when finely divided.
Make risk assessment your critical first step in functional machine safety design
Should you use solid-state or electromechanical relays?
Arc flash: Trained but not applied
Rockwell accepting nominations for 2015 Manufacturing Safety Excellence Awards
5 common reasons machine accidents happen
Do you know why accidents usually happen?
Machine builders can attempt to avoid accidents by making sure their machines are not only safe, but also designed for ease-of-use and maintenance. This means making realistic assumptions about how accidents may happen and how an operator will…
How sensors and switches can improve operator safety on the plant floor
Manufacturing Workers - the Next Generation
Making Sense of Safety Components
Machine Safety Fits Everywhere
The fourth industrial revolution will bring huge change, but it’s a slow evolution and not like flipping a light switch.
From decentralized control and real-time decisions to modular manufacturing and equipment monitoring, the promises of the Industrial Internet of Things are staggering. Machine evolution is about to take a giant leap, and we are on the verge of…
Putting smart technology into action
Cornerstone Technical Group becomes Progea distributor for Movicon software
Ignition software sparks SCADA
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
How controls make for a better machine
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.
InduSoft releases InduSoft Web Studio v8.0
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
Do stack lights make the most sense for my assembly line?
Which signaling devices make the most sense in a varied and sometimes harsh environment?
A Control Design reader writes: I have a problem, and it may be the stack lights. I'm designing the control system for a large multi-station assembly line in an automotive application. In previous projects, I mounted stack lights and alarm annunciation directly to the main control enclosures and connected digital I/O. Unfortunately, this wasn’t always the best location, and the devices were poorly sealed.
What are some better options for mounting, operating and acknowledging system status and signaling devices? The stack lights will need up to five colors and need to include an audible alarm. These signaling devices must be able to handle a harsh industrial environment and the mounting location varies.
Please join the discussion using…
Hillshire Brands operators improve visibility into production data with alarm management to cut waste
Manage Network Conflict: Provide Clarity on Which Applications Take Precedence
How do we tone down machine device chatter?
Better Tools Benefit Alarms
Consider the Need for Safety Switches
A Beacon for Wireless Signal Integrity
Smart Ethernet in New LDT for Automation Industries
BYOD Gains Traction as Employees Demand Access from Mobile Devices