Submitted by scechowski on Wed, 07/24/2013 - 14:06
Science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) degrees pay an annual average salary of $75,000 to $120,000, no matter what institution you received your degree from, according to a recent info graphic by Forbes magazine.Emerging economies such as Brazil, China and India are already producing more STEM talent that the largest...
Submitted by scechowski on Thu, 07/18/2013 - 15:46
Ralph Waldo E. said it's about the journey, not the destination. If you're someone who puts together machine control systems, you couldn't disagree more. The July issue's cover story, "Get There Sooner," written by executive editor Jim Montague, reports that replacing the many, separate, often winding paths of automation and...
Submitted by scechowski on Thu, 07/11/2013 - 12:05
One of our readers wrote: "We install a number of different types of safety switches on our machines, all we believe, in accordance with applicable standards that were in force at the time. We aren't called on to do regular upkeep or updating of the machines very often.
Submitted by Joe Feeley on Tue, 07/09/2013 - 09:03
From sibling Sustainable Plant's website, an informative piece about identifying the characteristics of 'accident prone' employees, and how to get their minds' 'right' before they hurt themselves and/or those around them.
Submitted by scechowski on Fri, 05/17/2013 - 10:58
It's high time to make the case that safety no longer is a machine design afterthought. In this month's Control Design cover story, Executive Editor Jim Montague provides evidence that machine builders include preventive safety early in the design process – to the benefit of builder and customer alike.Also in...
Submitted by scechowski on Mon, 04/01/2013 - 09:37
Though not many in our machine builder audience are making big changes to their approaches in researching automation products and making purchases, one slowly accelerating change we see is how industry professionals are using the web.
Submitted by scechowski on Thu, 03/21/2013 - 11:59
In this blog, we often tend to focus on new developments for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) programs, and improved education for student interest. I was talking to my friend last week who just finished his most recent tour overseas for the U.S.
Submitted by scechowski on Tue, 12/18/2012 - 14:25
Each year, Control Design conducts its annual product research and buying habits survey to learn about the methods machine builders and system integrators are using when they do research on automation and control products. We've been seeing some of those trends change over the past few years.
Submitted by Joe Feeley on Mon, 11/19/2012 - 10:01
For those of you who have machines and automation systems in the food and beverage industry, prepare to become better acquainted with The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) of 2011, if you aren't right now. It’s said to be one of the most sweeping legislative actions relative to Food Safety...
Submitted by scechowski on Wed, 10/10/2012 - 13:25
Our printing machines have widely distributed I/O and sensors, and we could save money by connecting some of these points via a wireless network. We hesitate to proceed because we’re not sure where the current wireless standards are headed, and we don’t want to implement a supposed standard that will...