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  • Settin' Some With Sonny

    The dumbing-down of operator interfaces may be the result of reduced training, not bad people

  • How Tough is Ethernet?

    Does Ethernet Offer Lower-Cost Commercial Hardware Advantages?

    Control Design Staff
  • Machinery Safeguarding Design

    When an operator sees the e-stop as an obstacle to doing his job, he will actively try to defeat the safety

  • Machinery safeguarding design

    As this installment of OEM Insight reveals, when an operator sees the e-stop as an obstacle to doing his job, he will actively try to defeat the safety.

  • Check your brain at the door

    Dropping prices and open-architecture enhancements have a lot to do with making it a machine control value-add, but some of this changeover has to do with, for lack of a better description, what you’d call the dumbing-down of HMI.

  • PCs point the way

    PLC or a PC? A turn to PC-based control is in the wind.

  • Tending the flock

    Remote diagnostics lets you keep track of your machines wherever they end up. Machine builders and their customers are reaping the benefits of off-site dagnostics and troubleshooting.

  • With energy to spare

    Electricity consumption and its cost is an important issue to machine builders. It’s one of several important angles for gaining competitive advantage that must be carefully explored.

  • How are you doing?

    Our first OEM survey probes salary, satisfaction, and security.

  • The OMAC Beat Goes On

    More Progress Reported as OEMs and End Users Learn to Collaborate

    David Newcorn
  • Open architecture: Hype and fiction

    In this installment of OEM Insight, the poor customer -- the manufacturing manager responsible for real production -- is caught in the crossfire of buzzwords and acronyms regarding open architecture.

  • Who you gonna call?

    An open control system can provide big competitive advantages. Just be sure what you’re getting into and where to find the support you need.

  • What network works for you?

    Deciding on a machine control network isn't about all the marketing hype. It's about solving the problem.

  • Not quite ready

    Windows CE is expected to take center stage in machine control. But for now, it’s not quite ready for the real-time spotlight.

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