Connect Your Islands of Automation - Read Our November 2012 Issue to Find Out How

They say no man is an island, but how about your machine? In this month's Control Design cover story, Executive Editor Jim Montague shows how machine builders are bridging those islands of automation with more capable software, improved network protocols, Ethernet, robots and other devices. Also in the November issue: Learn how pneumatic drives helped one machine builder improve the speed and precision of filling toothpaste tubes; read up on what it takes to give a small fluid- and material-handling system manufacturer a leg up on global competition; and see one reader's explanation about why HR moves might be contributing to the reported skills gap.