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  • More exploits: the great PLC hack

    Vulnerabilities of industrial control systems

    Siv Hilde Houmb, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU); and Erik David Martin, Noroff Education
    10/25/2018
  • Can you start an OEM?

    A great idea may help to sell the first unit, but it can be a perilous road without the resources and design to smooth out the ride

    Dave Perkon, technical editor
    09/26/2018
  • A proper motor load and speed

    A system level approach will find that motor and drive selection is based on both motor load demands and the ability to change speed if possible

    Dave Perkon, technical editor
    09/23/2018
  • A customer's view of online ordering

    Despite all the Internet has to offer, online ordering will need some improvements to offer a better purchasing solution than a detailed parts list attached to a purchase-order email

    Gary H. Lucas, director of design and innovation at Innovative Treatment Products
    09/12/2018
  • 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
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