Submitted by Joe Feeley on Mon, 02/10/2014 - 15:34
While my grandkids are true "digital natives," we "digital immigrants" remember where and when we entered the digital age of personal computing.
Category: Motion Control Magazine Digital Edition Wireless Network Network PLC Robotics Robots PC Motion PAC Programmable Controllers
Submitted by scechowski on Thu, 12/13/2012 - 14:46
Robots were once an esoteric and expensive technology that provided limited special-purpose use as welders or parts stackers. In this month's Control Design cover story, Senior Technical Editor Dan Hebert explains how robotic advances have brought these devices into widespread use in a host of manufacturing applications, in many cases...
Submitted by scechowski on Fri, 09/14/2012 - 20:51
Your machine projects might not cost quite as much as the latest Mars exploration, but technological achievement seems to constantly reach new heights, nonetheless. And like the Curiosity project, industrial machines are growing more complex in their own rights.
Category: Machine Controls Industrial Controls Automation Industry Legacy Systems PLC Readers' Choice Awards RCA Controllers PC Controls Architecture Control
Submitted by Joe Feeley on Thu, 09/06/2012 - 11:02
As part of our year-long 15th anniversary celebration, we're reprising a PLC vs. PC article exactly as we first published it in February of 2001. If you've been using controllers during this period, you'll be reminded how the whole "PC-based control will/will not take over the machine control world and...
Submitted by scechowski on Wed, 08/15/2012 - 09:49
We've used basic PLCs and I/O for machine control for a long time. Our machines have to do more than before, and we need more connectivity options and a more COTS, standards-based approach to hardware and programming.
Category: new technology trends Obsolete Systems Industrial Controls Future Tech PLC PC Controls Architecture
Submitted by Joe Feeley on Wed, 05/09/2012 - 11:43
As I assemble our 15th anniversary issue, which looks back and excerpts our content over the years, I reread the first issue of Control Design. The leading industrial PC technology of the time had 200 MHz Pentium processors, 512 MB RAM, powered by Windows NT.
Submitted by Katherine Bonfante on Mon, 12/12/2011 - 15:04
Cloud computing is a hot topic. As people become increasingly reliant on accessing important information through the Internet, the idea of storing or displaying vital real-time data in the cloud has become more commonplace. With tech giants like Apple, Microsoft, and Google pushing forward the cloud computing concept, it seems...