Control Design eHandbooks

Control Design's State of Technology ebook series is designed to provide Industrial Machine Builders with an up-to-date, top-level understanding of a range of key OEM Machine Builder topics. Each ebook is a compendium of the latest trends, articles, back to basics tutorials, application stories and product solutions compiled by the editors and all together here in convenient ebook format, well suited for online consumption.

 


 

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2018 Report: PLCs and PACs

Learn how to step up the technology for machine control, How many IEC 61131 languages you need, how to hack programmable logic controllers and more in this eHandbook from the editors of Control Design.

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2018 Report: Packaging automation

Learn about the future of packaging automation design, how packaged goods manufacturers approach retrofitting and more in this eHandbook from the editors of Control Design.

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2018 Report: I/O terminal blocks and power supplies

Learn how machines benefit from software-configurable I/O, how design decisions reduce wiring on machines, the requirements of intrinsic safety and more in this eHandbook from the editors of Control Design.

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2018 Report: Industrial Networks

This State of Technology report covers trends in industrial networking technology, a back to basics and technology in action.

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2018 Report: Automation Software

Learn how HMI software is being used to connect edge devices to the plant and how to use software to enable design detail. Also, take a walk down automation memory lane and more in this eHandbook from the editors of Control Design.

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2018 Report: How to specify encoders

Many engineers want to know why there are so many different types of solutions available, and whether there is a checklist that can guide machine builders and help controls engineers to find the right solution. Download this new eBook from the editors of Control Design.

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2018 Report: Sensors, Vision & Machine Safety

Update yourself with the latest technology, trends, tutorials, articles and application stories on sensors & vision by downloading this new eBook from the editors of Control Design.

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2018 Report: Industrial PCs, HMI and enclosures

Learn how to get physical with buttons, how to manage alarms without being overwhelmed, three alarm types to manage with HMI, how innovation drives medical production and more in this eHandbook from the editors of Control Design.

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2018 Report: Motors, Drives and Motion

Learn the basics of motor and drive selection and variable-speed-drive installation in this eHandbook from the editors of Control Design.

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2017 Report: Sensors and vision

Learn how time-sensitive networking will enable robot control, drive control and vision systems and provide access to data in real time in this eHandbook from the editors of Control Design.

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2017 Report: PLCs and PACs

Explore the latest trends in PLCs and PACs including a look at Arduino versus PLC for industrial control in this eHandbook from the editors of Control Design.

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2017 Report: Packaging Automation

Learn the new packaging norm, the future of packaging machinery design, why 65 owners are better than one and more in this eHandbook from the editors of Control Design.

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2017 Report: I/O Systems

Learn how machines benefit from software-configurable I/O, how design decisions reduce wiring on machines, how to safely fill explosive substances in EX areas and more in this eHandbook from the editors of Control Design.

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State of Technology eBook: Time-sensitive networking

 

2017 Report: Time-sensitive networking

Learn how time-sensitive networking will enable robot control, drive control and vision systems and provide access to data in real time in this eHandbook from the editors of Control Design.

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2017 Report: Industrial PCs, HMI and enclosures

Learn the things a machine builder should consider when specifying, configuring and designing IPC and HMI applications in this eHandbook from the editors of Control Design.

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2017 Report: Automation software

Learn how decades have fine-tuned control software functions and capabilities, where electrical CAD software stands with the digital twin and how greater software capabilities and more powerful CPUs affect IPCs and EOI in this eHandbook from the editors of Control Design.

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2017 Report: Motors, drives and motion

Learn how to make precision-motion machinery IIoT-ready, why you should invite the drives to join the motor team, the basics of variable frequency drive installation and the keys to specifying hydraulic power systems in this eHandbook from the editors of Control Design.

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2017 Report: Safety in the new manufacturing environment

Learn how to help to educate OSHA compliance officers on robot safety, how robots connect with humans, why not so basic safety is required and how to assess ignition areas for IS control systems in this eHandbook from the editors of Control Design.

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2016 Report: I/O for an expanding machine environment

Learn where I/O is heading in this eHandbook from the editors of Control Design.

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2016 Report: Machine automation and design software trends

Learn where machine automation and design software is heading in this eHandbook from the editors of Control Design.

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2016 Report: Trends in PLCs, PACs and PCs 

Drawn from our most recent articles on PLCs, PACs and PCs, this special report includes features on emerging trends, basic primers and case histories illustrating the latest technology in action. 

 

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2016 Report: Trends in HMI and Operator Interface 

Handpicked by our chief editor, Mike Bacidore, these are the latest Control Design articles that detail new trends, review basic fundamentals and feature case studies in HMI and operator interface technology. 

 

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2016 Report: Advances in Industrial Networks 

This State of Technology Report explores in great detail technology trends in industrial networks through columns, case studies and more from industry experts.  

 

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2016 Report: The Newest Trends in Motors, Drives and Motion

This report explores the trends that have shaped motors, drives and motion control, the fundamentals of the technology and real-life examples of successful implementation. We also delve into results of a recent motors and drives survey in which readers identified usage and application trends.

 

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2016 Report: Automation Trends in Packaging 

Today, manufacturers can make the packaging and the product that goes in it, using multiple high-speed modular lines that create a flexible and reliable operation. This special report details these improvements and trends.

 

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2015 Report: HMI & Operator Interface

From BYOD mobile apps to powerful PACs that also tackle control, machine designers have more options than ever when it comes to human-machine and operator interface functionality.

 

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Updated 2015 Report: I/O System Innovations

Drawn from the pages of Control Design, this special report includes articles on emerging trends, basic primers and case histories in I/O systems that illustrate the latest technology in action.

 

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2015 Report: Trends in Machine Safety

From new trends in technology to the steadfast basics, we tell you what you need know about machine safety for today and the future. 

 

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2015 Report: The Latest in Drives, Motors and Motion

In this Control Design State of Technology Report, we examine the current state of motors, drives and motion control and point the way to advances to come.

 

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2015 Report: The Latest in PLCs and PACs

In this convenient ebook, you'll get the latest updates on technology trends, back-to-basic tutorials and application stories on industrial controllers — all from PLCs to PACs.

 

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2015 Report: Technology and Trends in Sensors and Vision

In this ebook, update yourself with the latest technology, trends, tutorials, articles  and application stories on sensors and vision.

 

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