June 2005 Issue



  • KISS techniques for reliable machine performance

    In the June cover story for CONTROL DESIGN, Senior Technical Editor Rich Merritt asks machine builders and automation suppliers about the steps they take toward building a better running machine. The answer he got? Keep it simple, stupid.

  • Superior air power

    In this month's Tech Flash column, Contributing Editor Wayne Labs notes that advances in micro-computing technology make it possible for pneumatics to provide performance equal to, and often exceeding, that of comparable electric and hydraulic drives.

  • Tips on industrial enclosure design options

    As machines today become more and more modular, the job of today's industrial enclosure has become more complex. Control system designer Jason Christopher has a few tips to give you more design options.

  • Automate, innovate and have success

    In this month’s edition of OEM Insight, a vision-guided robotics integrator believes innovation is motivated by the current business climate and is fostered positively by technical factors, and negatively by competitive pressures.

  • McMachines, Thousands Sold

    Branding usually isn’t seen as a function of technical professionals, but it is the most important component to demonstrating the performance advantages of your machines. Senior Tech Editor Dan Hebert, PE, explains in this month's edition of Machine Builder Mojo.

  • Genesis of the Programmable Logic Controller

    Embedded Intelligence writer Jeremy Pollard, CET, provides us with the history of the creation of the PLC, and how folklore has it that it was conceived on the back of a napkin more than three decades ago.

  • Product Roundup: Manufacturing in motion

    A Product Roundup of new devices and solutions by the editors of Control Design shows that safety, simplicity, and versatility are in great demand in the general motion control marketplace today.

  • Is your HMI lying to your customers?

    Senior Tech Editor Rich Merritt writes in this month's SpecMate column that if your HMI doesn’t tell the truth about machine control conditions, trouble might be right around the corner.