If we tried to do a retrospective with more granularity than that, it could turn out to be a task so daunting that we might not complete it until we're approaching our 20th birthday. We cover the issues that impact machine control, operator interface, sensing and measurement, I/O systems, drives and motion control, among others, in every issue.
So, we looked at the topics that seemed to generate the most "it's going on" energy and discussion among our machine builder and integrator audience. We'll have a look back at how we covered the impact these three issues had on Machine Builder Nation:
Also see "Sustainable Is What Sustainable Does" to see how the drive to sustainable manufacturing has accelerated in recent years; and "People, We Need People" to look back at our coverage of building and retaining a first-class automation team.
You could lobby for more items in this topical basket. We might get an argument that other issues had equal or greater impact. We certainly would welcome your thoughts and ideas about that.
We'll also limit our focus to roughly the 2008–2012 period, since our 10th anniversary issue reviewed the 1997–2007 period rather extensively. You can revisit that treatment at www.ControlDesign.com/10anniversary.
Included here are all the articles referenced in the print version of this cover story.
Leap of Faith?
Technology Trends Don't Always Lead to Better Machine Design, but Control Design's Senior Technical Editor Dan Hebert Has Found a Few That Could Help You Break Away From the Crowd.
How Machine Builders Meet and Exceed End Users' Wants and Needs. And How Well Users Say Builders Are Doing it
Why Is Safety Information So Pricey?
A Significant Portion of These Standards Don't Contain Information Relevant to a Particular Application
How to Build an Automation Professional
Industry Steps Up to Nurture and Train Automation Professionals
Proceed With Caution
Good and Thoughtful Safety Design Yields Productive Machines That Are Easy to Operate and Maintain
Confluence of Influences
As Machine Control and the Global Business Environment Increase in Complexity, Both High- and Low-Priced Producers Must Customize Their Business Approaches to Geographic Markets
Safety Adds Complexity and Function
Machine Safety Devices and Safety System Designs Are Equal Partners in the Decision-Making Process for Machine Design or Upgrade
Business Benefits Drive Sustainability
Sustainability Is More Than Just the Latest Green Buzzword
It's VPN for 24/7
Allowing Trusted Outsiders in Through Secure VPN Tunneling Makes Comprehensive Tracking a Reality
Don't Get Burned
Machine Safety Is No Trip to the Beach. Apply Risk Assessment to Protect Employees and Reduce Exposure to Accident Liability
Sourcing and Manufacturing in China Is Indeed Risky Business
PC Access Could Invite Hackers
The Typical Hacker Might Have Trouble Getting Into Your PLC or PAC, but Odds Are the Same Hacker Could Burrow Into Your Internet-Connected PC With Ease
Welcome to the World
If You Want to Be Successful in the Global Machine Market, You Need Multilingual Fluency in Standards and Regulations and Local Issues
China No. 1 Machine Builder by 2011
China Predicted to Be the World's Leading Producer of Industrial Machinery by 2011
Stick to the Playbook
Reuse That Automation Know-How: Machine Builders Make the Most of Standards and Modular Design to Overcome Resource Constraints
Safe to Operate
Risk Assessments Are Simpler. Safety Standards Are Harmonizing. New Machine or Old, It's Emphatically Smart to Protect Operators
Make a Splash
Developing an Impactful Global Strategy Can Be Messy as Machine Builders Decide Where in the World to Manufacture
Change the Game
Green Manufacturing Techniques and Machine Design: A Game-Changing Project Eliminates the Use of Coolant in a Titanium Machining Center
Machine Tools on the Internet
Global Data Acquisition Is a Value-Add for Machine Builders and a Vital Operating Tool for Their Customers
Vulnerability of Web Diagnostics?
Isolating the Customer's Network and Allowing Only Limited Access Protects the Network From External Threats Through VPN, Easing Customer Concerns About Vulnerability
Machine Safety: Burden or Improvement?
Although Machine Builders Have Typically Bemoaned the Cost of Safety Standards, a New Report From IMS Research Says They Are Shifting to Thinking About the Benefits of Productivity Improvements
An Integrated Approach
You Can Nest Machine Control and Machine Safety Together. It Doesn't Sting Like It Used To
Handle With Care
Enter the Global Machine Market With a Lot of Research and Good Partners, and Be Ready to Make Difficult Decisions. The Rewards Could Be Earth-Shaking
Remote Services via VPN
Secure VPN Tunneling Implementation Enables Machine Builder to Provide Robust Remote Technical Support to Its Pharmaceutical and Cosmetics Customers
Troubleshoot From Afar
Does Anyone Have Any Advice for Providing Remote Machine Automation Diagnostics and Troubleshooting Services?
With Internet and Cellular Technology, You Can Monitor and Manipulate Machines From Just About Anywhere