Submitted by Dan Hebert on Fri, 03/14/2008 - 07:38
We recently received an e-mail commenting on the Feb 08 "How to Build an Automation Professional" cover story. Here's a summary: "I think it was a very good idea to point out the need for training and education in the field of automation.
Submitted by Joe Feeley on Wed, 03/05/2008 - 14:11
Joe Morrissey, the product manager for Germantown, Wis.-based machine builder Conflex, tells quite a story in his recent article, "A Machine Renaissance," about how his company decided it was time to move away from a PLC and motion controller-based control scheme and embrace PC-based controls for its shrink-wrap packaging machines.
How helpful do you find refreshers and primers on engineering topics? Do back-to-basics articles provide you with the kind of information that helps you to perform better as a controls engineer? Periodically, we publish articles that revisit the fundamentals on topics that span the controls spectrum.
Submitted by Joe Feeley on Mon, 02/11/2008 - 15:01
A recent case history we published about machine builder Weiler Engineering....they build form/fill/seal machines.....points out how it dealt with compatibility issues of new control components when its original controls supplier changed its product line. PLCs and drives stopped speaking to each other.
Submitted by Joe Feeley on Tue, 12/18/2007 - 15:54
There's an insistent drum beat in motion control nation that says the demise of electromechanical components, including the family of ball screws and lead screws is on a fast track. The well-touted advantages of direct-drive motors for all but a few high-torque applications seem compelling.
Submitted by Dan Hebert on Tue, 12/18/2007 - 12:08
The cover story for the March issue of Control Design looks at how Machine Builder Nation trains automation professionals. The premise is simple. Automation is but a narrow niche in the wide world of commerce, so there will always be a shortage of young job candidates with formal automation training.
Newsflash: The Beatles have broken up! Yes, it's true. The '60s are over. Lady Bird Johnson is no longer first lady. Free love isn't groovy any more. And the heyday of engineering in the United States has come and gone.
"What do you want to be when you grow up?" For those of us old enough to remember watching Neil Armstrong take one small step for a man and one giant leap for mankind, the answer was easy. "I want to be an astronaut." Who wouldn't?