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  • A Hub Is Not a Router Is Not a Switch

    Network Performance Relies on a Thorough Understanding of the Capabilities of Hubs, Routers and Switches

    Mark Lamendola, Freelance Writer
  • Redesign keeps painting robot safe—off the floor

    The quest for a better, safer paint job led this manufacturer to redesign its traditional spray-bell machines, which atomized paint in the shape of a bell, to its first robot on a standard meter-wide pedestal.

  • 2007, Nominate an Innovator

    It's time to nominate new Machine Builders for the Annual Innovator Awards. Nominate the most innovative machine builders you know to be featured in a cover story in Control Design’s April issue.

  • Who exactly is an innovator?

    Real innovation depends on more than just inventions and patents and really doesn’t happen until it is put to productive use by an end customer. This puts the U.S. in the lead because it’s the best at commercializing innovation.

  • In search of encoder accuracy

    As the technology has improved, encoders have become the dominant rotary and linear displacement measurement means. Today it dominates North America and Asia, while resolvers still hold Europe.

  • Wireless aids molding machine ERP

    When reconfiguration or relocation of machines is required due to product demand, any associated disconnection and reconnection of the ERP system—sometimes involving rewiring—can be daunting.

  • Same ol’ song and no dance

    From a vendor’s perspective, legacy is innovation’s worst companion, and according to Industrial Networking columnist Jeremy Pollard, it’s very difficult to be innovative if it leaves the installed base behind.

  • Maintaining connections

    There are plenty of issues that cause network headaches, but never assume your electrical subcontractor is familiar with routing and terminating network connector cables, even if they do it all the time.

  • Tolerate less redundancy

    Today, with Foundation fieldbus, the old redundancy paradigm no longer applies. Chances are, though, it isn’t free. So where should you apply it to achieve the fault tolerance you need?

    Industrial Networking, ControlDesign.com
  • The truth will set you free

    One part of a well-planned tactical assault on potential customers seems to include making your web site a place for customers to painlessly contribute to, comment and critique what you make, deliver, and support.

  • Multiple choices

    The many flavors of Ethernet and wireless are trendy, but it’s the underlying acceptance and adoption of fieldbuses that pushes users to find some tasty and unexpected applications.

  • Successful SI relationship tips

    A little OEM insight says to expect integrators to bring their knowledge into your project, but your specific domain expertise is invaluable to avoid reinvention or, even worse, repeats of past mistakes.

  • OEMs Discuss What Matters at Pack Expo 2006

    A Panel Discussion Addresses New Trends in Packaging Machinery, Machine Design Challenges, Robotic Control Technology and OEM Relationships With End Users

    Rick Pedraza
  • A Little Machine Vision Advice

    A custom machine builder gets answers to its problems concerning the pros and cons of buying a turn-key, all-in-one vision sensor package vs. something more versatile and powerful.

  • Pneumatic solutions in machine control design

    For machine designers, the introduction of servo-pneumatic systems has meant new applications for pneumatics that were, not too long ago, reserved strictly for electric servos driving optimized mechanisms.

  • Essential alarm management

    Executive Editor Jim Montague takes a look at a new book covering how to justify alarm management, deciding what should be an alarm, real-time alarm handling methods, and the future of alarm management.

  • Know your serials

    Created back in the 1960s, serial communication interfacing (SCI) today is a relatively standard method of communicating on the factory floor—particularly in legacy machine control systems.

    Loren Shaum
  • A look back at the future

    Editor in Chief Joe Feeley introduces November's look back at 2006, and tells us what to look forward to when we next meet in 2007, Control Design’s 10-year anniversary.

  • Less math = better engineers

    More free electives equals more free time equals more socialization equals engineers with much better people skills. It’s amazing that engineering deans cannot comprehend such a simple equation.

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