November 2004 Issue

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Articles

  • Motor drives hunt for success

    Machine builders seeking new and advanced drives and motion control systems that conform to some—any!—sort of standard may be frustrated by the lack of new products available.

  • The measure of success

    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.

  • Control Your Programming Language

    IEC 61131-3 Is Intended to Create Commonality in the Programming of Industrial Controllers by 'Harmonizing' the Programming Interface

  • Nation Building

    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.

  • One network to rule them all

    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.

  • COTS catches machine vision's eye

    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.

  • 2004 Readers' Choice Awards: Top Picks of the Factory Automation Industry

    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.

  • Top picks: Readers choose best tech values

    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.

  • Leery of Linux

    Would you use Linux for your machine control OS? Read what responders wrote in the Control Design Web Poll.

  • Is thin-client the answer?

    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.

  • Build a safer machine block by block

    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.