2018

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  • Cloudy, with a chance of innovation

    The future of automation will involve apps, configuration and continuous programming flexibility

    Dave Perkon, technical editor
    08/27/2018
  • Encoders: the pulse of motion

    The tried-and-true method of measuring distance and speed of rotary and linear motion requires an understanding of encoders

    Tom Stevic, contributing editor
    08/27/2018
  • Just do it differently

    When conventional methods don’t work, change things up and try something new

    Jeremy Pollard, CET
    08/22/2018
  • Terminate the rat’s nest

    For those who think it's okay to open a control enclosure and see a monochromatic rats nest of wires without any wire labels, you should be aware, that's worst-case practice

    Dave Perkon, technical editor
    08/22/2018
  • A better interface

    The possibilities for using mobile-device apps as an HMI for control and monitoring of a machine is growing, along with access to more and better data

    Dave Perkon, technical editor
    08/09/2018
  • Step up the technology in machine control

    Now is the time to improve machine control so starting with a blank sheet of paper, note keep what's best, but consider some new methods and additions

    Dave Perkon, technical editor
    07/30/2018
  • How do I replace an obsolete controller?

    When the Moore 353 and Procidia i|pac were retired, what options are left for those facilities that had standardized on them?

    Mike Bacidore, editor in chief
    07/23/2018
  • Back in the '90s, there was this SFC

    Programmers get to decide a lot of things when controlling a machine or process, and training and understanding best practices are a good decision

    Jeremy Pollard, CET
    07/23/2018
  • Stack the lights in your favor

    The tried and true discrete-signal stack light will have its place above production floors about as long as a stoplight at a street intersection tells us what's expected

    Dave Perkon, technical editor
    07/19/2018
  • Automation adapts to manufacturing needs

    Autonomous machine technology in the future will enable the adaptive machine to achieve mass customization cost-effectively

    Dave Perkon, technical editor
    07/13/2018
  • Know where your SMEs are

    Millennials don’t need experience or information; they just need to know where to find it

    Mike Bacidore, editor in chief
    07/03/2018
  • The long useful life of innovation

    Add hard work to your observations, analysis and documentation, and you just might invent something

    Dave Perkon, technical editor
    07/02/2018
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