This Month at ControlDesign.com

Find the reliable information you've come to expect from editors, along with links to useful online articles and whitepapers from the OEM community

By Rick Pedraza

Have You Seen Are Latest E-News?
If you haven’t signed up to receive them yet, and would like to know more, then take a look at the two new monthly updates that have been launched to complement our digital offerings at ControlDesign.com.

Industrial Networking e-News (INe) delivers the latest news and technology developments related to the successful application of digital communication technology in industrial environments. From wireless Ethernet to process buses to device networks, this electronic newsletter serves as a digital resource for Industrial Networking magazine and will focus exclusively on how OEMs, discrete manufacturers, and process plants can begin to take full advantage of networked system architectures in manufacturing.

In addition to INe, we’ve launched Automation Products Bulletin, which emphasizes the latest in new product information for process, factory, and machine-control applications.

Patti Pool, our new products editor, will keep you up-to-date on the latest new products available in these marketplaces. Each month, Patti picks new products to highlight in an e-mail that reaches the combined subscriber base of ControlDesign.com and its sister site focused on process automation, ControlGlobal.com.

Find out all that’s new in control and instrumentation by registering for these free e-newsletters.

“The Best Of” The Answer to Your Problems
A lot of great questions have been asked by readers of Control Design’s popular, The Answer to Your Problems column over the last few years. Here at ControlDesign.com, we’ve compiled them all, along with their answers, to ease your search for answers to your problems. Have a quandary? Save yourself the hefty consulting fees by submitting a question to our reader experts, and get The Answer to Your Problems by going to ControlDesign.com/theanswer.html.


WHITE PAPERS

Calculating Total Value of Ownership
This new white paper argues that machine builders can highlight other features, like OEE, to determine a machine’s worth.

The ABCs of Internet Protocol
This report defines TCP/IP and other topics related to the IP portion of the TCP/IP stack as it applies to control networks.

What is SafetyNET p?
This paper introduces readers to SafetyNET p, an Ethernet-based network for industry that can be used for real-time and safe communication functions.

For more, go to ControlDesign.com/whitepapers.


SPECIAL TO THE WEB

OPC – A Decade of Success
Over the past 10 years, OLE for Process Control’s (OPC) open connectivity has become widely accepted. In this special-to-the-web article, OPC specialist Eric Murphy details the latest in OPC technology and specifications, and provides his thoughts on where the technology is headed, particularly due to evolution of the OPC UA specification.


WEB POLL

If you use PC-based machine control, do you employ a third-party RTOS kernel?

Yes

No

 

If yes, who handles integration issues?

We do

RTOS kernel supplier

System integrator

 

If you don't use an RTOS today, do you expect your machine performance needs to require one during the next 3-5 years?

Yes

No

 

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