November 2004 Issue
Machine builders seeking new and advanced drives and motion control systems that conform to someany!sort of standard may be frustrated by the lack of new products available.
Senior Technical Editor Rich Merritt reports that the future of process control will be based on Microsoft software, server technology, remote service centers, wireless technology, and the Internet.
Major indices and order numbers point to a robust market for manufacturing equipment.
More than a decade ago, CONTROL DESIGN columnist Jeremy Pollard predicted that in five years, 40% of all control and automation projects would be done with PC-based control. Seems he was wrong.
IEC 61131-3 Is Intended to Create Commonality in the Programming of Industrial Controllers by 'Harmonizing' the Programming Interface
Industrial Factory Automation: Editor in Chief Joe Feeley wants to tell you about the next set of changes to ControlDesign.com and examples we might take from Red Sox Nation.
Increased governmental enforcement of machine safety regulations will force companies to take a serious look at the lowest-cost method of compliance. Senior Technical Editor Dan Hebert, PE, reports.
Commercial off-the-shelf vision systems now are powerful and tough enough for machine builders, but the big question is whether COTS systems are suitable for machine vision applications.
Tap into the collective mindset of CONTROL DESIGN readers to learn which machine control design system vendors won the annual 2004 Readers' Choice Awards for the best values in machine automation technology, and which product suppliers to the machine building industry offer the best customer service and support.
The ballots are in and counted! We don't have reds and blues, but tap into the collective mindset of CONTROL DESIGN readers to learn which companies won the annual 2004 Readers' Choice Awards for the best values in machine automation technology.
Would you use Linux for your machine control OS? Read what responders wrote in the Control Design Web Poll.
In this installment of The Answer to Your Problems, CONTROL DESIGN readers weigh in on whether to take a thin-client approach as an alternative to other workstations in a harsh manufacturing environment.
This OEM needs a controls engineer who understands how to balance implementing new technologies while providing highly reliable equipment with uptimes greater than 99%.
The concept of safety implementation in function blocks isn't new, but according to industry writer and CONTROL DESIGN contributor Mark Lamendola, its actual use in machine automation is hard to find.