In June of 1997, the editor's page introduced the premier issue of Control Design. Here are some of the most useful columns, feature articles, editorials and observations from staff and contributing authors to Control Design magazine over the past 10 years that were included in our 10 Year Anniversary issue (June 2007). Take a look back at how Control Design covered the important issues during its first 10 decade.
Globalization drives consolidation
Globalization started centuries ago, and while the pace of globalization might vary from year to year, no one doubts its continued progress. Senior Tech Editor Dan Hebert, PE, reviews the past 10 years.
Control systems evolve slowly, steadily
If anything can be said about the state of machine control today its that it progresses slowly, but steadily toward a true system that allows users to choose their weapons and sleep at night.
- Who You Gonna Call?
- Not Quite Ready
- Y2Ks Unforeseen Perils
- Software Glue
- Signal Processing at Warp Speed
- The OMAC Beat Goes On
After-sales support moves into mainstream
Accelerating technical changes, diversifying applications, and shrinking in-house expertise has forced end users to demand greater levels of support from their builders and suppliers. Joined at the hip? Just about.
- Tech SupportFor What Its Worth
- What Network Works for You?
- Tending the Flock
- Capture Machine Data in the Web
- Facts and Fears About Web Browsers
- When PLCs Arent Enough
- Be Everywhere
Throw away the clipboard. Networks rule
Network capability over the past 10 years has improved access time to whats happening on the plant floor, moving from manual data collection to what today is called real-time data management.
- Tomorrows Technologies Identified
- General Motors Standardizes on EtherNet/IP
- ConnectivityPast, Present, and Future
- Cast in Ethernet
- Real Choices for Real-Time Networks
- Training, Techniques, Tips
- Fence Me In; Common Sense Security
Salaries and states of mind
Past surveys recall the major influences that occurred along the way: a tumbling stock market in the late '90s, an economic slowdown after Sept. 11, and the recent resurgence in the global economy.
- How Are You Doing?
- The Worst is Over
- At the Limit
- A Picture of You
- Money Train Doesnt Curb Job Worries
- Bottom Line: Pay Up
Insight From Issues Past
In celebration of our 10-year anniversary, heres some of the most useful observations from contributing authors to Control Designs OEM Insight column over the past 10 years.
- Asset Management Is a Control Strategy
Dr. Carlos Talbott, reliability strategist
- Open Systems? Who You Gonna Call?
Al Vitale, principal, Automation Marketing Strategies
- A Plea for Simplicity
Andrew Sloley, chemical engineer, Process Consulting Services
Dec 98/Jan 99
- Open Architecture: Hype and Fiction
Joe Campbell, marketing VP, Adept Technology
- Interoperability and Safety Issues Engage ODVA
Dave Quebbbemann, president of ODVA
- Machinery Safeguarding Design
Jeff Fryman, standards development director, Robotic Industries Assn.
- Purchasing as a Competitive Advantage
Doug Bartow, strategic sourcing manager for electrical and electronics, FMC Technologies
- Building Partnerships Promotes Profitability
Pete Squires, controls VP, Schneider Packaging Equipment
- It's All About Insight
Alan Metelsky, controls engineers group leader, Gleason Works